May 5, 2009

Texas House Power Lineup in 2009 Bears
Little Resemblance to Previous Hierarchy

Texas House

Texas Senate

By Mike Hailey
Capitol Inside Editor

Eight of the ten most powerful Texas House members in 2009 are Republicans just like they were two years ago. Beyond that simple comparison, however, there are few similarities between the power chart when Tom Craddick led the Legislature's lower chamber in 2007 and the hierarchy into today's Texas House under Speaker Joe Straus.

While the state Senate looks almost identical compared to two years ago in terms of who wields the most sway in that part of the Capitol, the pyramid of clout is loaded with new names at the highest levels in the House on Capitol Inside's Texas Legislature Power Rankings for 2009.

Definition of Power Goes
Beyond Assignments
on Leadership Teams

State Rep. Todd Hunter switched parties and won his old Texas House seat back last year before landing an appointment to the chair of one of the Legislature's most prestigious committees on his return trip to Austin in early 2009. As the leader of the House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee, the Corpus Christi Republican has immense power over bills that are the latest battlefield in the ongoing war between trial lawyers and tort reform advocates. The attorneys for plaintiffs in civil cases - in fact - are worried that he's going to single-handedly kill a mesothelioma measure and other legislation that they think would have a good chance to pass if it ever emerged from the House committee.

Now that's power. And it's why Hunter - a good friend and former Austin roommate during sessions with Clyde Alexander, a former legislator who happens to be Speaker Joe Straus' current chief of staff - has secured a spot in the top 20 on the House power rankings even though he hadn't been a member of the Legislature for the past 12 years until January.

Hunter is a prime example of how you have to read between the lines to fully understand why some legislators enjoy more clout than others who are key members of the leadership team as well.

Democratic State Reps. Garnet Coleman of Houston and Allan Ritter of Nederland are two notable cases in point. While Ritter and Coleman hold considerable sway as the chairmen of the Natural Resources Committee and County Affairs Committee respectively, their overall clout as two of the House's 20 most powerful members is enhanced by their controlling roles over political action committees that help elect colleagues. Ritter runs the Texas 2020 PAC, which supports moderate pro-business Democrats. Coleman is one of four legislators who control the House Democratic Campaign Committee, which raised more than $1.5 million for races for the lower chamber last year.

Some legislators like State Rep. Todd Smith of Euless and State Senator Tommy Williams of The Woodlands are ranked high on the House and Senate power charts as a result of the starring roles they've had on the voter ID bill, the hottest issue so far in 2009. The state budget - the most important issue in every regular session - has received a small fraction of the attention that's been afforded so far to voter identification.

As a key Appropriations Committee member who's widely recognized as the leading mind among Democrats on the critical issue of education, State Rep. Scott Hochberg is another standout example of a legislator who holds substantial sway as a result of the and knowledge and subsequent authority they have in a certain speciality area.

There are other ways to generate power beyond official leadership positions. Just ask State Reps. Ruth McClendon and Trey Martinez Fischer, a pair of Democrats whose moves up the power ladder have been fueled in part by the fact they are San Antonio delegation members like the speaker himself. McClendon is the Rules & Resolutions Committee chairman and a key Appropriations Committee member who Straus tapped for the conference committee that will negotiate a final state spending plan. Martinez Fischer is a committee vice-chair who leads the influential Mexican American Legislative Caucus.

By the same token, Republican State Reps. Dan Branch of Dallas is rated in the top five on the House power chart partly because he leads one of the most influential standing panels as the Higher Education Committee chair and partly because he's probably Straus' best friend in the Capitol's west wing.

While McClendon and Martinez Fischer are both members of Straus' leadership team, there are other Democrats who are wielding more clout this year than they have in the past even though they didn't technically qualify for the power chart because they don't chair committees or serve as vice-chairs. In a House where Democrats have been empowered as Straus stresses bipartisan unity, State Reps. Roberto Alonzo of Dallas, Valinda Bolton of Austin, Lon Burnam of Fort Worth, Kirk England of Grand Prairie, Joe Farias of San Antonio, Joe Heflin of Crosbyton, Anna Hernandez of Houston, David Leibowitz of San Antonio, Armando Martinez of Weslaco, Marc Veasey of Fort Worth and Hubert Vo of Houston all fall into that category. Some Republicans such as State Reps. Mike Hamilton of Mauriceville and Patricia Harless of Houston arguably are members of that group as well.

The change at the top when Straus deposed Craddick at the start of the year was step number one in a dramatic hierarchal shakeup that swept conservatives loyal to Craddick out of the most prominent positions of authority and replaced them with moderate Republicans who'd paved the way for the new speaker's election to the chamber's chief leadership post.

Three of the four most powerful legislators in the west wing in the current regular session - for example - weren't even ranked in the top 50 percent of the entire House class on the CI gauge for 2007. Four state representatives who are ranked in the current top 10 and seven of the 20 most powerful House members this year were not among the first 75 on the clout chart two years ago. Half of the 75 most powerful House members in 2009 as a matter of fact weren't ranked at all the last time the Legislature met in regular session.

But the most glaring difference on the House power ladder this time around is the sheer number of Democrats who've moved on to the high rungs in contrast to the representation that members of the chamber's minority party enjoyed at that same level two years ago. While there are still only two House Democrats rated among the top 10 this year, there are more than twice as many Democratic members with top 30 rankings now than there were in 2007. Twelve of the 30 highest ranked members when it comes to the distribution of power in the House are Democrats. The Democrats, who held only 62 House seats just six years ago, now have 74 of the chamber's 150 members and the ability to say that they put the new moderate Republican speaker in power.

The power rankings are not designed to be a barometer of talent, skill, effectiveness, work ethic or any of the other qualities that require more subjective standards to measure. The rankings - by contrast - are a more objective measurement that's based primarily on committee assignments that the speaker has made and the positions that he's filled on his leadership team.

With the exception of the Democratic and Republican caucus leaders, all of the state lawmakers on the power rankings list this year are committee chairs or vice-chairs or members of the budget-writing committees or the Legislative Budget Board or the Legislature's other governing bodies at the very minimum. As a result, some of the House's most influential members from the 2007 session are no longer ranked among the top 75 on the power chart this time around.

Six of the legislators who were ranked in the top 10 in the House two years ago - State Reps. Warren Chisum, Sylvester Turner, Will Hartnett, Phil King, Beverly Woolley and Craddick himself - are no longer leadership team members and have dropped off the list of the 75 most powerful members as a result. The list of House members who have fallen off the high levels of the power list in the wake of the leadership change also includes State Rep. David Swinford, Sid Miller and Leo Berman - Republican lawmakers who were committee chairs under Craddick as well.

Thirty-eight of the 75 House members on the lower chamber power list in 2007 have been replaced by Straus leadership team members this time around. Just because those legislators are no longer on the power list doesn't mean that they're not as good at their jobs as they were then. It simply means that they've been forced to find new ways to be influential, effective and relevant.

Straus and six of his top Republican lieutenants - State Reps. Jim Pitts, Brian McCall, Burt Solomons, Dan Branch, Charlie Geren and Jim Keffer - are ranked in the top 10 on the House power chart in 2009. State Reps. Byron Cook, Rob Eissler, Edmund Kuempel, Tommy Merritt and Delwin Jones, who were also members of the informal group of moderate House Republicans who nominated Straus to represent them in the speaker's race, claims spots in the top 25 on the new power list.

While Pitts is ranked second behind Straus in light of his position as the House Appropriations Committee chairman, the number three spot belongs to State Rep. Jim Dunnam, a Waco Democrat who arguably played a bigger role in the speaker's election than any other legislator in Texas outside of Straus himself. Dunnam, the House Democratic Caucus leader, had vowed to deliver more than 60 votes to the GOP's moderate alternative to Craddick and he delivered when the time was right. Dunnam was rewarded with the chairmanship of the Select Federal Economic Stabilization Funding Committee, which has had a more prominent role in the regular session as the group that's been overseeing the state's share of the stimulus package than most of the other standing panels in the lower chamber this year.

State Reps. Garnet Coleman and Pete Gallego - who've been Dunnam's Democratic co-leaders in the lower chamber - are ranked high on the list as well as committee chairs on Straus' leadership team. So are State Reps. Trey Martinez Fischer and Jessica Farrar, who are enjoying more clout in the House than they ever have in the roles as the current Mexican American Legislative Caucus chairman and the House Democratic Caucus chair respectively.

The second highest ranked Democrat, however, is State Rep. Craig Eiland, who's the House speaker pro tempore and a major player on the state budget, the stimulus and insurance issues as a member of the committees in charge of those issues. Eiland is ranked eighth on the House power list.

Two former Craddick loyalists - Republican State Reps. Carl Isett and Larry Taylor - are ranked high on the House power list this year as a result of their positions as the Sunset Advisory Commission chairman and the House Republican Caucus chairman respectively. The Sunset panel leadership posts are arguably more influential than any committee chairs other than House Appropriations and Sentate Finance chiefs.

Across the rotunda, Republican State Senator Glenn Hegar is the only first-term Senate member ranked in the top 20 on his side of the building in light of his role as the Sunset Advisory Commission vice-chairman. The Sunset vice-chair is usually in line to be chairman of the powerful panel after two years in the number two spot.

Hegar is one of only two state senator who are ranked among the top 20 in power in the upper chamber for the first time. The other is Republican State Senator Kevin Eltife, a Finance Committee member who's the vice-chairman on two other committees. Beyond that, however, there's little change at all on the Senate power chart in 2009. After Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, the Senate's presiding officer, the four most powerful legislators in the Capitol's east wing are still State Senators Steve Ogden, Robert Duncan, Florence Shapiro and Jane Nelson.

But in an upper chamber where partisan politics has been more in play than in recent years past, State Senators Leticia Van de Putte, Bob Deuell and Tommy Williams have all made significant moves up the power ladder into the top 10 this year. Van de Putte and Deuell serve as the chairs of the Senate Democratic and Republican caucuses respectively. Williams, who's in the midst of his first session as the Administration Committee chairman, is considered to be one of the GOP's top leaders in the upper chamber as the senator who pushed through a rules change early this year that paved the way for voter identification legislation that the 12 Democrats would have otherwise had the power to block.

Most all of the legislators on the power list in 2009 have been members of the Legislature for at least four years. While freshmen legislators such as Republican State Reps. Angie Chen Button and Doug Miller enjoy significant sway as members of the Appropriations Committee, no first-term House members are technically eligible for the top 75 spots on the lower chamber power rankings.

 

TEXAS HOUSE

1. Joe Straus
R-San Antonio
House Speaker; Legislative Budget Board Co-Chair; Legislative Council Co-Chair; Legislative Audit Committee Co-Chair; Legislative Reference Library Board Co-Chair, Preservation Board Co-Chair; Legislative Education Board; Bond Review Board; House Research Organization Steering Committee
... 2007 Rank: NA

2. Jim Pitts
R-Waxahachie
Appropriations Chairman; Redistricting; Select Federal Economic Stabilization Funding; State Budget Conference Committee Co-Chair; Legislative Budget Board; Legislative Audit Committee; Legislative Reference Library Board ... 2007 Rank: NA

3. Jim Dunnam
D-Waco
Select Federal Economic Stabilization Funding Chairman; Transportation; Environmental Regulation; House Democratic Caucus Leader ... 2007 Rank: 7

4. Brian McCall
R-Plano
Calendars Chairman;
Higher Education; Culture, Recreation & Tourism ... 2007 Rank: NA

5. Dan Branch
R-Dallas
Higher Education Chairman; Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence; Legislative Budget Board
... 2007 Rank: 10

6. Burt Solomons
R-Carrollton
State Affairs Chairman; Calendars ... 2007 Rank: 37

7. Charlie Geren
R-Fort Worth
Administration Chairman; Calendars, State Affairs, Licensing & Administrative Procedures
; Preservation Board ... 2007 Rank: 51

8. Craig Eiland
D-Galveston
House Speaker Pro Tempore; Appropriations; Appropriations Subcommittee on Hurricane Chairman; Insurance; Select Federal Economic Stabilization Funding
... 2007 Rank: 72

9. Jim Keffer
R-Eastland
Energy Resources Chairman; Calendars; Redistricting; Business & Industry
... 2007 Rank: 4

10. Carl Isett
R-Lubbock
Sunset Advisory Commission Chairman; Appropriations; Insurance
... 2007 Rank: 14

11. Byron Cook
R-Corsicana
Environmental Regulation Chairman; Local & Consent Calendars Vice-Chairman; Calendars; State Affairs ... 2007 Rank: 45

12. Rob Eissler
R-The Woodlands
Public Education Chairman; Redistricting;
Administration; Technology, Economic Development & Workforce ... 2007 Rank: 15

13. Larry Taylor
R-Friendswood
Insurance; Ways & Means; House Republican Caucus Chairman
... 2007 Rank: 28

14. Rene Oliveira
D-Brownsville
Ways & Means Chairman; State Affairs; Legislative Budget Board; Legislative Audit Committee ... 2007 Rank: NA

15. Garnet Coleman
D-Houston
County Affairs Chairman; Calenders; Public Health; Select Federal Economic Stabilization Funding
... 2007 Rank: 22

16. Richard Raymond
D-Laredo
Appropriations Vice-Chairman; Border & Intergovernmental Affairs; State Budget Conference Committee
... 2007 Rank: NA

17. Todd Hunter
R-Corpus Christi
Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Chairman; Insurance; General Investigating & Ethics
... 2007 Rank: NA

18. Edmund Kuempel
R-Seguin
Licensing & Administrative Procedures Chairman; Calendars; Culture, Recreation & Tourism ... 2007 Rank: NA

19. Allan Ritter
D-Nederland
Natural Resources Chairman; Calendars; Technology, Economic Development & Workforce
... 2007 Rank: 62

20. Todd Smith
R-Euless
Elections Chairman; Redistricting; Transportation
... 2007 Rank: NA

21. Ruth McClendon
D-San Antonio
Rules & Resolutions Chairman; Appropriations; Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal Justice Vice Chair; Transportation; State Budget Conference Committee; Joint Oversight on Criminal Justice
... 2007 Rank: 30

22. John Otto
R-Dayton
Ways & Means Vice-Chairman; Appropriations; Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government Chairman; State Budget Conference Committee ... 2007 Rank: 20

23. Tommy Merritt
R-Longview
Public Safety Chairman; Redistricting; Transportation: Locan & Consent Calendars
... 2007 Rank: NA

24. Delwin Jones
R-Lubbock
Redistricting Chairman; State Affairs; Licensing & Administrative Procedures
... 2007 Rank: NA

25. Patrick Rose
D-Dripping Springs
Human Services Chairman; Administration Vice-Chairman; Higher Education; Joint Oversight of HHS Eligibility System ... 2007 Rank: 42

26. Pete Gallego
D-Alpine
Criminal Jurisprudence Chairman; State Affairs; General Investigating & Ethics
... 2007 Rank: 31

27. Scott Hochberg
D-Houston
Appropriations; Appropriations Subcommittee on Education Chairman; Public Education, Vice Chairman
... 2007 Rank: 60

28. John Zerwas
R-Houston
Appropriations; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health & Human Services Chairman; Public Health; State Budget Conference Committee ... 2007 Rank: NA

29. Lois Kolkhorst
R-Brenham
Public Health Chairman; Calendars; Corrections
... 2007 Rank: 5

30. Joe Pickett
D-El Paso
Transportation Chairman; Redistricting; Defense & Veterans Affairs
... 2007 Rank: NA

31. Sylvester Turner
D-Houston
State Affairs; Business & Industry: Oversight of Criminal Justice; Legislative Budget Board
... 2007 Rank: 3

32. Trey Martinez Fischer
D-San Antonio
Insurance Vice-Chairman; Local & Consent Calendars; Natural Resources; Mexican American Legislative Caucus Chairman
... 2007 Rank: NA

33. Jessica Farrar
D-Houston
Land & Resource Management Vice-Chairman; Enviornmental Regulation; House Democratic Caucuc Chair ... 2007 Rank: NA

34. Senfronia Thompson
D-Houston
Local & Consent Calendars Chairman; Licensing & Administrative Procedures Vice-Chairman; Insurance; Black Legislative Caucus Chair
... 2007 Rank: 52

35. Jim McReynolds
D-Lufkin
Corrections Chairman; Calendars; Public Health; Joint Oversight on Criminal Justice ... 2007 Rank: NA

36. Joe Deshotel
D-Beaumont
Business & Industry Chairman; Insurance; Redistricting
... 2007 Rank: 47

37. John Smithee
R-Amarillo
Insurance Chairman; Natural Resources
... 2007 Rank: 34

38. Myra Crownover
R-Denton
Appropriations; Appropriations Subcommittee on Stimulus Chairman; Energy Resources, Vice-Chairman; Select Federal Economic Stabilization Funding Vice-Chairman ... 2007 Rank: 75

39. Mark Strama
D-Austin
Technology, Economic Development & Workforce Chairman; Energy Resources
... 2007 Rank: NA

40. Dennis Bonnen
R-Angleton
Land & Resource Management Chairman; Elections
... 2007 Rank: 27

41. Veronica Gonzales
D-McAllen
Border & Intergovernmental Affairs Chairman; Public Health
... 2007 Rank: NA

42. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles
D-Alice
Agriculture & Livestock Chairman; Energy Resources
... 2007 Rank: NA

43. Mark Homer
D-Paris
Culture, Recreation, & Tourism Chairman; Land & Resource Management ... 2007 Rank: 74

44. Vicki Truitt
R-Keller
Pensions, Investments & Financial Services Chairman; Public Health; Select Federal Economic Stabilization Funding ... 2007 Rank: 25

45. Brandon Creighton
R-Conroe
Appropriations; Calendars; General Investigating & Ethics; Natural Resources
... 2007 Rank: NA

46. Chuck Hopson
D-Jacksonville
General Investigating & Ethics Chairman; Pensions, Investments & Financial Services; Public Health
... 2007 Rank: NA

47. Frank Corte
R-San Antonio
Defense & Veterans' Affairs Chairman; Natural Resources
... 2007 Rank: 21

48. Donna Howard
D-Austin
Culture, Recreation & Tourism Vice-Chairman; Higher Education; Administration
... 2007 Rank: NA

49. Yvonne Davis
D-Dallas
Urban Affairs Chairman; Transportation
... 2007 Rank: NA

50. Debbie Riddle
R-Tomball
Appropriations; Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal Justice Chairman; Criminal Jurisprudence; Administration; Joint Oversight of Criminal Justice ... 2007 Rank: 61

51. Helen Giddings
D-Dallas
Appropriations; Appropriations Subcommittee on Business & Economic Development Chairman; Business & Industry ... 2007 Rank: 32

52. Dawnna Dukes
D-Austin
Appropriations; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health & Human Services Vice-Chairman;
Culture, Recreation & Tourism ... 2007 Rank: 48

53. Geanie Morrison
R-Victoria
Appropriations; Appropriations Subcommitte on Education Vice-Chairman; County Affairs Vice-Chairman; Local & Consent Calendars ... 2007 Rank: 16

54. Wayne Christian
R-Center
Criminal Jurisprudence Vice-Chairman; Business & Industry; Texas Conservative Coalition President
... 2007 Rank: NA

55. Larry Phillips
R-Sherman
Transportation Vice-Chairman; General Investigating & Ethics Vice-Chairman; Culture, Recreation & Tourism; Oversight of Criminal Justice
... 2007 Rank: 43

56. Rafael Anchia
D-Dallas
Pensions, Investments & Financial Services Vice-Chairman; Elections; Local & Consent Calendars ... 2007 Rank: NA

57. Eddie Lucio III
D-Brownsville
Calendars Vice-Chairman; Natural Resources; State Affairs ... 2007 Rank: NA

58. Mike Villarreal
D-San Antonio
Redistricting Vice-Chairman; Appropriations; Ways & Means ... 2007 Rank: NA

59. Norma Chavez
D-El Paso
Appropriations; Calendars; Defense & Veterans' Affairs ... 2007 Rank: 54

60. Abel Herrero
D-Corpus Christi
Appropriations; Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government Vice-Chairman; Human Services Vice-Chairman; Redistricting
... 2007 Rank: NA

61. Jose Menendez
D-San Antonio
State Affairs Vice-Chairman; Licensing & Administrative Procedures ... 2007 Rank: NA

62. Elliott Naishtat
D-Austin
Human Services Vice-Chairman; Public Health Vice-Chairman ... 2007 Rank: NA

63. Kino Flores
D-Palmview
Appropriations; Border & Intergovernmental Affairs ... 2007 Rank: 36

64. Jerry Madden
R-Plano
Corrections Vice-Chairman; Pensions, Investments & Financial Services
... 2007 Rank: 26

65. Drew Darby
R-San Angelo
Appropriations; Appropriations Subcommittee on Business & Economic Development Vice-Chairman; Select Federal Economic Stabilization Funding; Human Services ... 2007 Rank: NA

66. Ellen Cohen
D-Houston
Appropriations; Higher Education ... 2007 Rank: NA

67. Joe Driver
R-Garland
Appropriations; Public Safety ... 2007 Rank: 44

68. Aaron Pena
D-Edinburg
Elections Vice-Chairman; Redistricting; Ways & Means ... 2007 Rank: 39

69. Tan Parker
R-Flower Mound
Technology, Economic Development & Workforce Vice-Chairman; Pensions, Investments & Financial Services ... 2007 Rank: NA

70. Fred Brown
R-College Station
Appropriations; Technology, Economic Development & Workforce ... 2007 Rank: 67

71. Bryan Hughes
R-Mineola
Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Vice-Chairman; Human Services; Oversight of HHS Eligibility System C-Chair ... 2007 Rank: 75

72. Bill Callegari
R-Houston
Natural Resources Vice-Chairman; Administration; Transportation ... 2007 Rank: 38

73. Dan Flynn
R-Van
Border & Intergovernmental Affairs Vice-Chairman; Pensions, Investments & Financial Services ... 2007 Rank: 68

74. Gary Elkins
R-Houston
Business & Industry Vice-Chairman; Human Services ... 2007 Rank: 73

75. Charles "Doc" Anderson
R-Waco
Agirculture & Livestock Vice-Chairman; Pensions, Investments & Financial Services; Rules & Resolutions
... 2007 Rank: 63

75. Jimmie Don Aycock
R-Killeen
Appropriations; Public Education ... 2007 Rank: NA

 

 

TEXAS SENATE

1. David Dewhurst
R-Statewide
Lieutenant Governor; Legislative Budget Board Co-Chair; Legislative Council Co-Chair; Legislative Audit Committee Co-Chair; Legislative Reference Library Board Co-Chair, Preservation Board Co-Chair; Legislative Education Board; Bond Review Board
... 2007 Rank: 1

2. Steve Ogden
R-Bryan
Finance Chairman; Education; Administration; Government Organization; State Budget Conference Committee Co-Chairman
; Legislative Budget Board; Legislative Audit Committee ... 2007 Rank: 2

3. Robert Duncan
R-Lubbock
State Affairs Chairman; Finance; Higher Education; Jurisprudence; Natural Resources; Legislative Budget Board ... 2007 Rank: 3

4. Florence Shapiro
R-Plano
Education Chairman; Finance; Administration; Transportation & Homeland Security; State Budget Conference Committee ... 2007 Rank: 4

5. Jane Nelson
R-Lewisville
Health & Human Services Chairman; Finance; Government Organization; Nominations; Joint Oversight of HHS Eligibility System Co-Chair
... 2007 Rank: 5

6. Tommy Williams
R-The Woodlands
Administration Chairman; Finance; Education; International Relations & Trade; State Budget Conference Committee; Legislative Audit Committee; Preservation Board ... 2007 Rank: 12

7. Judith Zaffirini
D-Laredo
Higher Education Chairman; Finance; Administration; Economic Development; Health & Human Services; Joint Oversight of HHS Eligibility System; Legislative Budget Board ... 2007 Rank: 9

8. John Whitmire
D-Houston
Criminal Justice Chairman; Finance; Administration; Government Organization; Joint Oversight on Criminal Justice Chairman; Legislative Budget Board
... 2007 Rank: 8

9. Kip Averitt
R-Waco
Natural Resources Chairman; Finance; Education; Higher Education, Business & Commerce; Environmental Flows Co-Chairma; Oversight of Edwards Aquifer Co-Chairman ... 2007 Rank: 7

10. Leticia Van de Putte
D-San Antonio
Veteran Affairs & Military Installations Chairman; Business & Commerce; Education; State Affairs; Senate Democratic Caucus Chair
... 2007 Rank: 13

11. John Carona
R-Dallas
Transportation & Homeland Security Chairman; Criminal Justice; Jurisprudence; State Affairs ... 2007 Rank: 10

12. Bob Deuell
R-Greenville
State Affairs Vice-Chairman; Health & Human Services Vice-Chairman; Finance; Economic Development; Natural Resources; Joint Oversight of HHS Eligibility System; Legislative Reference Library Board; Senate Republican Caucus Chairman
... 2007 Rank: 13

13. Juan Hinojosa
D-McAllen
Finance Vice-Chairman; Agriculture & Rural Affairs; Criminal Justice; Jurisprudence; Natural Resources; State Budget Conference Committee; Joint Oversight on Criminal Justice; Legislative Reference Library Board
... 2007 Rank: 17

14. Royce West
D-Dallas
Intergovernmental Relations Chairman; Finance, Education; Higher Education; Health & Human Services; State Budget Conference Committee ... 2007 Rank: 18

15. Glenn Hegar
R-Katy
Sunset Advisory Commission Vice-Chairman; Government Organization Vice-Chairman; Agriculture & Rural Affairs; Criminal Justice; Natural Resources; Nominations ... 2007 Rank: NA

16. Troy Fraser
R-Horseshoe Bay
Business & Commerce Chairman; State Affairs; International Relations & Trade; Natural Resources; Oversight of Edwards Aquifer ... 2007 Rank: 15

17. Jeff Wentworth
R-San Antonio
Jurisprudence Chairman; Administration; Intergovernmental Relations; Transportation & Homeland Security
... 2007 Rank: 16

18. Rodney Ellis
D-Houston
Government Organization Chairman; Criminal Justice; State Affairs;
Transportation & Homeland Security ... 2007 Rank: 19

19. Chris Harris
R-Arlington
Economic Development Chairman; Business & Commerce Vice-Chairman; Finance; Jurisprudence; State Affairs ... 2007 Rank: 20

20. Kevin Eltife
R-Tyler
Economic Development Vice-Chairman; Nominations Vice-Chairman; Finance; Natural Resources; Business & Commerce ... 2007 Rank: NA

20. Mike Jackson
R-Lake Jackson
Nominations Chairman; Agriculture & Rural Affairs; Business & Commerce; Natural Resources; State Affairs ... 2007 Rank: 20

20. Eddie Lucio Jr.
D-Brownsville
International Relations & Trade Chairman; Business & Commerce; Finance; Government Organization; State Affairs ... 2007 Rank: 20

 

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