This Week in Texas: August 21, 2013

Posted August 21, 2013 in The Mignon Memo

Rep. Harvey Hilderbran (R-Kerrville) announced that he will enter the race to replace Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.  Hilderbran joins fellow Republicans Sen.
Glenn Hegar (R-Katy), former state Rep. Raul Torres, and former gubernatorial
candidate Debra Medina, in the race. No Democrats have announced plans to run
for the seat at this time.

Rep. John Davis (R-Houston) will not seek reelection to his House District 129 seat.
Davis has served in the Texas House since 1998.

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Brandy Marty to the open spot on the Public Utility Commission. Marty most recently served as Perry’s Chief of Staff.

Gov. Rick Perry also announced his appointments for the new governing body of the Texas Water Development Board.  Carlos Rubinstein, currently a member of the Texas Commission on Environment Quality, will serve as chairman of the three-member governing board. Rubinstein previously served as water master for the Rio Grande River and has also worked on environmental infrastructure and other issues on the Mexican border. The remaining two members will be Mary Ann Williamson, energy executive and current chair of the Texas Lottery Commission, and Bech Bruun, Perry’s director of governmental appointments who previously served as government and customer relations manager for the Brazos River Authority.

Sadly, Cindy Hughes Zerwas, wife of Rep. John Zerwas, passed away yesterday after a valiant fight against brain cancer.  A public memorial service will be held this Saturday, August 24th in Sugar Land, Texas.