This Week in Texas: January 20, 2021

Posted January 20, 2021 in Uncategorized

Texas Senate Committees

The Texas Senate announced their Committee Chairs and membership for the 87th Legislature.

Read here: 87th Texas Senate Committees

Rep. Chris Turner Re-Elected Chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus

The House Democratic Caucus voted to re-elect Rep. Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) to his third term as HDC Chair. The following members were also elected to serve the Caucus:

First Vice-Chair, Rep. Toni Rose (D-Dallas)

Second Vice-Chair, Rep. Oscar Longoria (D-Mission) Treasurer, Rep. Lina Ortega (D-El Paso)

Special Election in North Texas

Four Republicans and one Democrat will be on the ballot this Saturday, January 23 to represent the 68th District in the Texas House of Representatives. The seat was vacated by Drew Springer (R-Vernon) after being elected to the Texas Senate.

John Berry: Republican — Financial planner from Jacksboro, Texas

Jason Brinkley: Republican — Attorney and Cooke County Judge from Gainsville, Texas

Craig Carter: Republican — Businessman from Nocona, Texas

David Spiller: Republican — Attorney from Jacksboro, Texas

Charles D. Gregory: Democrat — Retired U.S. Postal Service from Childress, Texas

Only in Austin…

The University of Texas at Austin has welcomed Steve Sarkisian, formerly offensive coordinator for the Alabama Crimson Tide, as the new head coach of the Texas Longhorn football team.

“I came here to win championships,” Sarkisian said. “That’s the goal. We’re here to chase greatness, to win championships. That’s why I’m here. That’s what’s going to drive us every single day.”