Governor thanks Fort Worth lawmaker for working on ethics reforms

Gov. Greg Abbott last week delivered his first State of the State address to the Legislature.
Gov. Greg Abbott last week delivered his first State of the State address to the Legislature. AP

Gov. Greg Abbott gave Fort Worth’s Charlie Geren a shout-out during his first State of the State address last week.

Abbott mentioned Geren, a Republican state lawmaker, when talking about his “Blueprint for the future of Texas,” in which he addressed various ethics reforms.

“Things like requiring elected officials to disclose contracts they have with public entities, prohibiting lawmakers from voting on legislation from which they could profit and more disclosure of campaign finance information,” he said.

“I want to thank Sen. Van Taylor and Rep. Charlie Geren for spearheading the effort to pass my blueprint ethics reforms.”

Tarrant County Days

This week, Tarrant County will be the talk of the Legislaure.

At least that’s what officials hope.

Locally elected officials and community leaders will travel to Austin to meet with lawmakers — at receptions, dinners, breakfasts and briefings — hoping to talk about the needs of local communities.

They also will get pictures taken with legislators and have resolutions read in recognition of their efforts.

Liking Ike

The Denison City Council has weighed in on one of Washington’s most contentious urban design issues: the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.

The Texas city council approved a resolution endorsing the design by internationally known architect Frank Gehry and urging its construction. Although the nation’s 34th president and World War II Allied Commander is most closely associated with Kansas, where he grew up, he was born in Denison in 1890.

The resolution, adopted Feb. 16, is part of the attention Denison is giving its native son, with a celebration of President Eisenhower’s 125th birthday planned for October. Eisenhower was born Oct. 14, 1890, and died in 1969.

The Gehry design to commemorate Ike has been rocked by controversy and delays for years. Last year, after the architect altered and downsized the memorial, it finally got preliminary approval from two local entities that oversee D.C. memorials and monuments.

“Denison takes great pride in being the birthplace of one of the world's greatest leaders,” Denison Mayor Jared Johnson said in a statement. “Due to the grassroots efforts from within our community, in 1946 we were able to preserve the home he was born in. We are honored to pay tribute to the man who will be remembered with this memorial prominently placed in the nation’s capital.”

USS Fort Worth

U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and a congressional delegation from the panel visited the USS Fort Worth last week in Singapore, where it is stationed, meeting the commander and crew.

The eight-person CODEL was on a trip to Malaysia, Singapore and Japan to discuss trade issues.

Ryan has a local interest in supporting the Navy ship: The Fort Worth, a littoral combat ship, was built in Marinette, Wis. It was launched in 2010 with Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, as its sponsor.

Maria Recio, 202-383-6103

Twitter: @maria_e_recio

Anna M. Tinsley, 817-390-7610

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