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Sen. Carlos Uresti: Ready to serve on Finance Committee

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January 23, 2015

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced committee assignments for the 84th regular session. Senator Carlos Uresti will serve on the Senate committees on Finance, Natural Resources & Economic Development, Health & Human Services, and Senate Administration as Vice Chair.

In making his appointments, Patrick is leveraging Senator Uresti's institutional knowledge and unique ability to work with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle for all Texans.

"I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to tackle the many challenges we face as a growing state. My committee assignments will ensure that the families and interests of Senate District 19 are fully represented in the Texas Capitol." said Senator Carlos Uresti.

Senator Uresti is the only member from San Antonio to be appointed to the powerful Senate Finance Committee and will leverage his leadership and legislative experience to help draft the State budget.

“The ultimate indication of the priorities we value as Texans is how we invest our money. I am ready to get to work on a budget that meets our needs as a growing state, is transparent, and makes the investments necessary to ensure the Texas of tomorrow, is even greater than the Texas of today.” said Uresti.

As the only member of the Senate to represent areas in both the Eagle Ford and the Permian Basin plays, Senator Uresti is uniquely aware of the needs in our energy sectors. Senator Uresti will once again serve on the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

“Texas has been blessed with a wealth of natural resources that have helped our economy not only survive, but prosper when other states have suffered. That prosperity has created a number of challenging opportunities. Serving on the Natural Resources and Economic Development committee is a natural fit, and provides the springboard to turn what may be our most difficult challenges, into our greatest opportunities.” said Uresti.

As he has over his 18 years in the Legislature, Senator Uresti will remain a fierce advocate for our children as a member of the Health and Human Services Committee.

“With the number of child deaths due to abuse and neglect at unacceptable levels, continuing to serve on the Health and Human Services Committee will allow me to work with stakeholders to improve and protect the lives of our most vulnerable Texans.” said Uresti.

District 19 is one of the largest and most diverse senate districts in the State of Texas. With a geographic boundary that runs from Big Bend National Park to the dense urban core of San Antonio, the district is a microcosm of the state as a whole.

Acknowledging the scope of his district, Senator Uresti said that "From water to roads to education to health care, I have constituents who need me to understand their situations and to be their voice. Every issue and every committee is important."

Sen. Uresti represents Senate District 19, which covers more than 35,000 square miles and contains all or part of 17 counties, two international ports of entry, eleven state parks, 51 school districts, 2700 miles of highways, and more than 23,000 producing oil and gas wells in both the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin. The district is larger than 12 states and 82 Nations, and contains over one third of the Texas-Mexico border. Sen. Uresti is proud to serve on the Finance, Natural Resources & Economic Development, Health & Human Services, and Administration Committees. Senator Uresti is the first Senator from San Antonio to serve on the Legislative Budget Board.