Tarrant takes a hit in state House committee assignments

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Committee assignments for Tarrant's House members

Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth

Criminal Jurisprudence

Energy Resources

Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake

Government Efficiency and Reform

International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs

Rep. Nicole Collier

Defense and Veterans Affairs

Local and Consent Calendars

Public Health

Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth

Chair, House Administration

Calendars

Licensing and Administrative Procedures

State Affairs

Rep. Craig Goldman, R-Fort Worth

Land and Resource Management

Special Purpose Districts

Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth

Elections

Human Services

Rules and Resolutions

Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth

County Affairs

Special Purpose Districts

Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington

Vice-chair, Higher Education

Appropriations

Rules and Resolutions

Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Hurst

County Affairs

Special Purpose Districts

Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie

Environmental Regulation

Insurance

Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington

Defense and Veterans Affairs

Public Health

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AUSTIN - Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, one of House Speaker Joe Straus' top lieutenants, was returned to the chairmanship of the House Administration Committee on Wednesday, but Tarrant County lost representation on the powerful committee which oversees public schools.

Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington, retained her post on the budget-writing House Appropriations Committee and was named vice-chairman of the Higher Education Committee.

Collectively, the committee assignments announced Thursday by House Speaker Joe Straus seemed to reflect the diminished seniority in the 11-member Tarrant County delegation following the 2012 elections. Only four members who represented Tarrant County in the 2011 session are back for the 2013 Legislature.

Tarrant County has only one chairmanship - Geren's - for 2013, compared to two in 2011. It had two members on the Public Education Committee in 2011 but will have no representation on the panel for 2013. Education is considered one of the top issues facing lawmakers this year.

Nevertheless, Patrick's appointments to the appropriations committee and higher education will give Tarrant County a voice in shaping the state budget for the next two years and overseeing issues affecting colleges and universities. Patrick's district includes the University of Texas at Arlington.

Dave Montgomery is chief of the Star-Telegram's Austin Bureau

Twitter: @daveymontgomery

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