Nolan Ryan and Earl Campbell are true Texans.
And the legendary sportsmen — one a baseball player, the other a football player — soon will be recognized as just that.
The two will receive the History-Making Texan Award — recognizing “living Texas legends whose contributions to the state and the nation have been truly historic and exceptional in scope” — at the 13th annual Texas Independence Day Dinner.
“The award recognizes living Texas legends whose contributions to the state and the nation have been truly historic and exceptional in scope,” according to a statement by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.
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The black-tie dinner will be March 2 at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.
Others who have been recognized include Van Cliburn, former President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush; former President and Mrs. George W. Bush; Bob Schieffer; and former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
A new leader
State Rep. Craig Goldman, R-Fort Worth, has been picked to lead the Texas House Republican Caucus Policy Committee this session.
The 16-member committee reviews and vets bills and makes “sound policy recommendations” during the session to help GOP House members as bills make their way to the House floor for debate.
“This session, the Texas House expects to address the many critical issues facing Texas,” said state Rep. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound, who heads the House Republican Caucus. “I am confident that these 16 members will work tirelessly and provide thoughtful policy recommendations that promote conservative values in Texas.”
Goldman, the only Tarrant County member on the committee, also served on the committee last session.
“I look forward to putting in the hard work and long hours on behalf of the House Republican Caucus,” Goldman said.
On the move
Fort Worth’s Stephen Pinkos, a lobbyist for American Continental Group, is leaving Cowtown to work for Vice President Mike Pence’s office.
There, he will serve as deputy director for domestic policy.
Pinkos — a longtime political veteran who has worked in Fort Worth as a businessman and lawyer — has a lengthy résumé on Capitol Hill, which includes serving as general counsel and policy director for House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and as staff director and counsel of the House Judiciary Committee.
Fort Worth Sister Cities International is looking for a few more good partners.
The group has launched a plan to potentially add two more sister cities — Calgary in Alberta, Canada, and Nimes, France — in the coming years.
“Our goal is to promote Fort Worth globally and enrich our local community, creating a more peaceful and prosperous world for all. We find that important now more than ever,” said Johnny Campbell, board chairman and CEO of Sundance Square.
The group will hold a luncheon to discuss the potential France relationship at noon Feb. 23 at the TCU Dee Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center. The French Consul General, based in Houston, among others, is expected to attend.
Fort Worth has eight sister cities that engage in citizen diplomacy for cultural, academic and economic exchanges: Reggio Emilia, Italy; Trier, Germany; Nagaoka, Japan; Bandung, Indonesia; Budapest, Hungary; Toluca, Mexico; Mbabane, Swaziland; and Guiyang, China.