Lt. Governor Patrick Names Former Congressman Allen West to Texas Sunset Commission.
As Reported By Texas Insider:
Lt. Governor Patrick also announces the following Texas Sunset Commission members:
· Senator Van Taylor, Vice Chairman
· Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa
· Senator Robert Nichols (fulfilling the unexpired term of Senator Jane Nelson)
· Senator Charles Schwertner
· Senator Kirk Watson
· Public Member: Lt. Colonel Allen B. West (ret.), Pres. & CEO, The National Center for Policy Analysis
“The Sunset Commission has a challenging assignment ahead of them this session,” added Patrick. “These appointees will first decide if the functions of state agencies under review are needed, and secondly, whether they are operating in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.
“I am very excited to announce that Lt. Col. Allen West will serve as the Sunset Commission public member for the Texas Senate,” said Patrick. “Lt. Col. West is a dedicated public servant who has served our country in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Congress. Now the State of Texas will benefit from his conservative leadership.”
Senator Brian Birdwell to replace Sen. Kevin Eltife on Senate Finance Committee
“Sen. Eltife has served diligently in the Texas Senate as a member of Finance,” said Patrick. “As Sen. Eltife concludes his service in the Senate, he has agreed to vacate his seat early on the Finance Committee to allow a new member time to prepare for the upcoming session.”
With the retirement of Sen. Eltife and the new chairmanship of Sen. Estes, changes are required on the Legislative Budget Board. As a result, Lt. Governor Patrick announces the following members of the Legislative Budget Board: