Senate Transportation Committee Named

 

January 25, 2015

 

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has named the nine members of the Senate Transportation Committee for the 2015 Session of the Texas Legislature.


Sen. Robert Nichols of East Texas returns as committee chairman and Sen. Don Huffines who represents north Dallas County is the new vice chairman.  Sen. Nichols was first elected to the Senate in 2006 and previously served eight years as a member of the Texas Transportation Commission. Sen. Huffines is in his first term as a member of the Legislature.


Other committee members are:


Sen. Rodney Ellis, who represents portions of Harris and Fort Bend Counties,  has been a member of the Senate since 1990.  He is a returning member of the Senate Transportation Committee.


Sen. Troy Fraser of Horseshoe Bay represents a portion of Travis County plus 16 Hill Country counties stretching northwest to the edge of Abilene.  He served in the Texas House (1987-1992) and was elected to the Senate in 1997.


Sen. Sylvia Garcia was elected to the Senate in 2013 to represent portions of Harris County.  She was previously elected Houston City Controller and as a County Commissioner of Harris County.


Sen. Bob Hall represents a portion of Dallas County plus eight northeast Texas counties. He is in his first term as a member of the Legislature.


Sen. Kelly Hancock represents Arlington, Euless and Grand Prairie.  He was a member of the Texas House (2006-2012) and was elected to the Senate in 2012.  He is a returning member of the Transportation Committee.


Sen. Lois Kolkhorst of Washington County was a member of the Texas House (2001-2014) before winning a special election in December to fill the seat vacated by Comptroller Glen Hager.  Her district extends from the western suburbs of Houston to the west and south to include a piece of Corpus Christi.  She served on the House Transportation Committee in a previous session.


Sen. Van Taylor, who represents the Richardson, Plano, Frisco and McKinney area, served in the Texas House (2010-2014) before being elected to the Senate in 2014.