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Tarrant commissioner to work on national scene

Tarrant County Commissioner Roy C. Brooks
Tarrant County Commissioner Roy C. Brooks Special to the Star-Telegram

Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks has been elected vice president of the National Association of Counties.

“Whether the issues are infrastructure and transportation, criminal justice reform, healthcare or public lands policies, we need a reliable federal partner,” Brooks said after being chosen during the group’s 80th annual conference in North Carolina.

“I will reach across the political divide, the geographic divide and the demographic divide, which puts us in little boxes in this nation, to form lasting coalitions that will strengthen our counties, add value to our constituents and secure the local safety net.”

Legislative shoutout

The Texas Eagle Forum recently sent a shoutout to 18 state lawmakers who earned an “A” on the group’s scorecard for their work during the 84th legislative session earlier this year.

The list included five Tarrant County legislators: state Sen. Konni Burton, R-Colleyville, and Republican state Reps. Matt Krause of Fort Worth, Jonathan Stickland of Bedford, Tony Tinderholt of Arlington and Bill Zedler of Arlington.

“You’ll find votes cast in support of the Second Amendment, support for the E-Verify requirement for state employees, support for tightening the judicial bypass for minor girls seeking abortions, support of free roads vs. toll roads, support of traditional marriage, opposition to taxpayer funded pre-kindergarten and other government growing boondoggles and more,” according to a statement from the conservative group.

Johnson follows through

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, is persistent.

After the House Science Committee, where she is the ranking member, decided not to try and oust the Department of Commerce’s inspector general, Johnson set out on her own.

Last spring Johnson went on the House floor to lay out the committee’s investigative findings against Commerce IG Todd Zinser, which included a pattern of misconduct such as retaliating against whistleblowers and hiring a woman with whom he had had a relationship. Johnson then wrote President Obama asking him to remove Zinser.

In early June, Zinser suddenly resigned.

“It is no secret that I wrote to the president recently asking that Mr. Zinser be removed from his position,” Johnson said in a statement. “Whatever the reason for Mr. Zinser’s abrupt departure … it is now time to restore the integrity and effectiveness of the Commerce Office of Inspector General.”

Maria Recio, 202-383-6103

Twitter: @maria_e_recio

Anna M. Tinsley, 817-390-7610

Twitter: @annatinsley

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