On Tuesday, I will join 180 other legislators, some new and others seasoned, to begin a 140-day session to get the people’s work done for Texas. I intend to file pieces of legislation that protect workers rights, expand small businesses, keep kids healthy and relieve homeowners and renters of out-of-control property taxes.
I invite you and your family to join me for an office open house at the Capitol in room 4S.6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be light refreshments and a swearing-in watch party at noon. I look forward to meeting with you on Tuesday about the important issues facing our state this session.
I am proud to serve as director of the Energy & Environment Law Internship Program of Texas, an initiative started by former State Representative Lon Burnam and the Environmental Defense Fund two sessions ago. This program provides law students and recent graduates with hands-on experience in energy, environmental and natural resources policy at the Texas Legislature.
This year, we have selected an amazing team of EELIPT fellows working in a bipartisan group of offices around the Capitol.
- Patrick Dinnin, University of Houston Law Center, will be working for Representative J.M. Lozano (R-Kingsville), who serves on the Committee on Energy Resources.
- Jesse Libra, The University of Texas at Austin, will be working for Representative Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio), who serves on the Committee on Natural Resources.
- George Liu, The University of Texas at Austin, will be working for Representative Chris Turner (D-Arlington), who serves on the Committee on Environmental Regulation.
- Antoinette Mays, St. Mary’s University, will be working for Vice Chair Eric Johnson (D-Dallas), who serves on the Committee on Natural Resources.
I am excited to see them serve as great policy resources for the Legislature and the State of Texas this session. Take a moment to learn more about these bright young staffers here.