October 2, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ricardo Lopez-Guerra
Representative Bobby Guerra Receives Committee Assignments
AUSTIN – After swearing Bobby Guerra into office, Speaker of the House Joe Straus appointed State Representative Bobby Guerra (D-McAllen) to two committees critical to the quality of life in the Valley, filling vacancies that were left when former State Representative Veronica Gonzales announced she would be stepping down from office.
“Public Health is a crucial committee for the Rio Grande Valley,” Guerra said. “The border area faces many unique health challenges including a physician shortage crisis, high rates of chronic diseases, lack of insurance coverage for many families, and most recently, unintended affects of the new managed care system. I look forward to fighting to improve conditions for both the Valley and my state.”
The Public Health Committee is an eleven member committee that oversees the state public health agencies, and is charged with the protection of public health, including supervision and control of the practice of medicine and dentistry. The committee is also responsible for developing mental health programs, prevention and treatment.
Guerra’s other committee assignment makes him the only Legislator from the Texas/Mexico border region to sit on the Border and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.
“Recently, the issue of security has been on the forefront of our border communities and I am honored to be the voice for the Valley on the Border and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee,” Guerra said. “It is important that we keep working to find ways to keep our borders safe without impeding trade or economic development.”