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.