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San Antonio Lawmakers Appointed To Prominent Legislative Committees

Ryan E. Poppe
Rep. Joe Straus of San Antonio is Speaker of the Texas House.

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has assigned some of his fellow San Antonians to prestigious committees in the Texas House, and named two of them to serve as committee chairs.

Democrat Roland Gutierrez will chair the Defense & Veterans' Affairs Committee, the committee reviewing legislation important to San Antonio, often referred to as Military U.S.A. 

Republican Lyle Larson will lead the Natural Resources Committee which will play a major role in considering water policy. 

Straus, a Republican, named Democrat Justin Rodriguez, to continue serving on the House’s powerful Appropriations Committee which is key in deciding the funding for programs and agencies.

Democrat Diego Bernal will be Vice Chair of the House Public Education committee, which will consider private school choice legislation and school funding.

Committee assignments are important because committee members play a role in deciding what legislation is sent to the full Texas House for a vote, and which bills are killed.

Ryan started his radio career in 2002 working for Austin’s News Radio KLBJ-AM as a show producer for the station's organic gardening shows. This slowly evolved into a role as the morning show producer and later as the group’s executive producer.
Shelley Kofler is Texas Public Radio’s news director. She joined the San Antonio station in December 2014 and leads a growing staff that produces two weekly programs; a daily talk show, news features, reports and online content. Prior to TPR, Shelley served as the managing editor and news director at KERA in Dallas-Fort Worth, and the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.