Dewhurst appoints new finance chair and LBB members

Last week Speaker Joe Straus appointed three new members to the Legislative Budget Board (LBB), including CPA and TSCPA member Rep. John Otto (R-Dayton).  This week Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst named Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) as Senate Finance Committee chair and appointed her along with Sens. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) and Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) to the LBB.

The Senate's Finance Committee chair was vacant after last November's resingation from the Senate by CPA and TSCPA member Sen. Tommy Williams.  Williams took a vice-chancellor position with Texas A & M University.

The LBB is now set with only one Democrat from the House (Rep. Sylvester Turner – Houston) and one from the Senate (Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa – McAllen) as part of the group.

Sen. Nelson has been a member of the finance committee for a while and has long been chair of the Senate Health and Human Services.  Dewhurst named Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) as the new chair of Health and Human Services.

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