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AUSTIN – Speaker Joe Straus on Thursday announced Texas House committee assignments for the 85th Legislature.

“We want to utilize Members’ strengths and allow them to work on issues that matter to their districts,” said Speaker Straus, R-San Antonio.

There are 38 standing committees in the House. In addition, Speaker Straus established two select committees: The Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Responsibility, and the Select Committee on Texas Ports, Innovation & Infrastructure.

Eight Members will chair committees for the first time, while 11 returning chairs are now leading new committees. “These assignments reflect the diversity of the Texas House,” Speaker Straus said.

He added, “Some very good Members are taking on new challenges. I’m looking forward to their leadership. There is always a balance to strike between continuity and fresh thinking, and I think we have the right mix.”

House committees will begin meeting in the coming days.

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