State Sen. Craig Estes (R – Wichita Falls) was named this week as chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who announced appointments for the upcoming 83rd Legislative session on Thursday, said the new responsibility “will complement Sen. Estes’ personal priorities and military presence in his District.”
The Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security Committee will maintain the focus it has had since Estes’ original chairmanship appointment in 2009 with an expanded emphasis on immigration and border security.
With this announcement, Dewhurst has signaled his commitment to continue addressing illegal immigration and border security, which will be a priority during the upcoming legislative session.
“I am honored by Governor Dewhurst’s appointment and the expanded responsibility I will be trusted with during this difficult session,” Estes said. “Since the federal government has failed in its responsibility to secure our border and address the illegal immigration crisis, Texas must step in and correct the problem. We cannot have homeland security until we have true border security, and I look forward to working closely with Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst and my fellow Texas Senators to solve this problem.”
Estes represents Senate District 30 which includes Wise County as well as Archer, Baylor, Clay, Collin (part), Cooke, Denton (part), Grayson, Jack, Montague, Parker, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, Stephens, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger and Young counties.