This Week in Texas: December 7th, 20111

Posted December 7, 2011 in The Mignon Memo

Last week, two more state representatives announced they would not seek reelection. Rep. Scott Hochberg (D-Houston) and Rep. Veronica Gonzales (D-McAllen) will finish out their current terms but will not return in 2013. That makes 26 open seats in the Texas House.

House Speaker Joe Straus has appointed Rep. Harold Dutton (D-Houston) and Rep. Walter “Four” Price (R-Amarillo) to the Sunset Advisory Commission. They take the place of two members whose terms expire – Rep. Linda Harper-Brown (R-Irving) and Rep. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood). The three other House members of the commission are: Commission Chairman Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton), Rep. Rafael Anchía (D-Dallas) and Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana).

Today is the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Many Texans forget that we have a fabulous museum in our state devoted to the Pacific Theater of World War II. The National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas is worth a visit. Operated by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, the museum includes the two year old George H.W. Bush Gallery and a beautiful Japanese garden. For more information, follow this link to the museum’s website: