AUSTIN – – Today, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus named State Rep. Susan Lewis King as Chair of the House Defense & Veteran's Affairs and also to the Human Services Committee for the 84th Legislative Session.
The Defense & Veteran's Affairs Committee is charged with relations between the State of Texas and the federal government involving defense, emergency preparedness and veterans issues. The committee also has jurisdiction over the following issues: The branches of the military of the United States, the realignment and closure of military bases, and the defense of the state of Texas including responses to terrorism. The following state agencies fall under the oversight of Chair King's committee: The Texas Military Department, The Texas Veteran's Commission, The Veteran's Land Board, The Texas Military Preparedness Commission, The Texas Division of Emergency Management, and The Emergency Management Council.
Chair Susan Lewis King (R) of Abilene is looking forward to working with Vice Chair James Frank (R) of Wichita Falls, Rep. Matt Schaefer (R) of Tyler, Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock (R) of Killeen, Rep. Cesar Jose Blanco (D) of El Paso, Rep. Joe Farias (D) of San Antonio, and Rep. Matt Shaheen (R) of Plano.
Rep. King's second assignment is to the House Human Services Committee. She will oversee the state's welfare and rehabilitation programs. The committee also develops and monitors policies for individuals with intellectual disabilities, including oversight of State Supported Living Centers.
"I am deeply humbled and honored to receive committee assignments that are so vital to the continued strength of our House District 71. As Chair of the House Defense & Veteran's Affairs Committee, I will work tirelessly to ensure that Dyess Air Force Base and all of Texas' military installations remain essential to the critical mission of the United States Military. I will also work diligently to ensure that people with intellectual disabilities continue to have the option to live and be served by the Abilene State Supported Living Center and others across the state."
Speaker Straus announced committee assignments for the Texas House of Representatives on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. A full list of member and committee assignments is available at: http://www.house.state.tx.us/_media/pdf/member.pdfand http://www.house.state.tx.us/_media/pdf/committee.pdf.