PoliTex: Vegas showgirls a hit at mayors conference

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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price was in D.C. recently for the U.S. Conference of Mayors -- but for a moment she looked like she was in Las Vegas, flanked by two towering, glittering showgirls in red and blue outfits and feathered headgear.

At a reception for the mayors during the conference, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and the showgirls were impossible to miss. They generated a whole lot of interest, which should help attendance at the upcoming U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Vegas in June.

Goodman and Price were both elected in 2011, and they hit it off like the political pros they are -- Goodman's husband, the colorful Oscar, was the previous mayor.

"We're here to connect with other cities," Price said. "It's a great opportunity to share and learn from other mayors."

Honor for Burns

Fort Worth Councilman Joel Burns is among the Texas leaders in the 2013 class of the Texas Lyceum, a statewide nonpartisan leadership organization.

The Lyceum is made up of 96 Texas men and women under the age of 46 who serve six-year terms with the group. Each member chosen has demonstrated leadership in his or her community and profession.

For more information, go online to www.texaslyceum.org.

Granger makes scene

Big honor for U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth -- she scored a coveted invite to participate in the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where she participated on a panel about geopolitical trends.

The forum is one of the most important gatherings of global movers and shakers, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates, billionaire George Soros and New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, as well as world leaders. The invitation confirms Granger's emerging role as a power player on the world stage -- she is the chairwoman of the House panel that funds the State Department, known as the House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs.

"The World Economic Forum is a unique opportunity to engage with world leaders and experts in many different fields on ways to create global economic growth, and deal with challenges related to globalization, security and defense in a fast-changing world," Granger said.

Movin' on Up

Texas lawmakers are spreading their influence in the 113th Congress with new committee assignments and responsibilities.

Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Coppell, who keeps his plum post on the House Ways and Means Committee, adds the House Education and Workforce Committee to his portfolio.

"I last served on the committee in the 110th Congress and look forward to rejoining my colleagues," Marchant said. "Serving on this committee will allow me to play a more significant role in shaping policies impacting education, health, pensions and the workforce."

Meanwhile, Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, joins the House Rules Committee, retaining his senior positions on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he is vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Health and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Rules, which determines how legislation reaches the floor and what amendments to include, is chaired by Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas.

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