Chairman Robert Nichols











Chairman Terry Canales


Transportation Committees in Place for 2019


The Senate and House transportation committees have been named for the 2019 Legislature.  Senate Transportation is again chaired by Sen. Robert Nichols and has six returning members and three new members.  House Transportation is chaired by Rep. Terry Canales and includes three returning and 10 new members.


Senate Transportation Committee


Sen. Nichols of East Texas returns for a fourth term as chairman.  Sen. Nichols was first elected to the Senate in 2006 and previously served eight years as a member of the Texas Transportation Commission.  He was a primary architect and advocate of Proposition 1 and Proposition 7 which direct additional funds to state transportation projects.


Sen. Kelly Hancock of Tarrant County is the new vice chairman.  First elected to the Senate in 2012 after six years in the House and a dozen years on the Birdville ISD School Board, he represents communities in eastern Tarrant County and western Dallas County.


Other Returning Members of Senate Transportation

Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa of McAllen is in his fourth decade in the Legislature.  He served 16 years in the House before joining the Senate in 2003.  His district includes Corpus Christi, rural South Texas and the western half of Hidalgo County in the Rio Grande Valley.


Sen. Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham was a member of the Texas House (2001-2014) before winning her Senate seat.  Her district extends from the western suburbs of Houston to the west and south to include a piece of Corpus Christi.

Sen. Charles Perry of Lubbock is in his second session as a member of the Senate after two terms in the Texas House.  His district includes 51 counties in West Texas and the Panhandle.


Sen. Jose Rodriguez of El Paso, elected to the Senate In 2011, represents the El Paso area and four rural counties in far West Texas.


New Members of the Committee


Sen. Royce West of Dallas has been a member of the Senate since 1992. His district covers most of the City of Dallas plus communities on the south side of Dallas County.


Sen. Charles Schwertner of Georgetown was elected to the Senate in 2012. His district includes nine Central Texas counties which include Georgetown, Round Rock, Bryan-College Station and Huntsville.


Sen. Carol Alvarado of Houston was elected to the Senate in 2018 after serving 10 years in the House and six years on the Houston City Council. Her Harris County district includes portions of Houston, Pasadena and Baytown.


House Transportation Committee

Chairman Canales of Edinburg was elected to the House in 2012. His Lower Rio Grande Valley district includes much of Hidalgo County.


Rep. Brooks Landgraf of Odessa is the Transportation Committee vice chairman. Serving his third term in the House, he represents Ector, Andrews, Ward and Winkler counties.


Returning to the committee are Rep. Armando “Mando” Martinez of Weslaco in Hidalgo County, Rep. Yvonne Davis of Dallas and Rep. Ed Thompson of Pearland.


New members on the committee are Rep. John Raney of Bryan-College Station, Rep. Diego Bernal of San Antonio, Rep. Craig Goldman of Fort Worth, Rep. Cole Hefner of Mount Pleasant, Rep. Ben Leman of Grimes County, Rep. Evelina "Lina" Ortega of El Paso, and Rep. Shawn Thierry of Houston. Chairman Calales and Vice Chairman Landgraf are also new to the committee for the 86th Session of the Texas Legislature.