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Front Page February 14, 2017  RSS feed

Ashby appointed to key committees for East Texas


Trent Ashby Trent Ashby AUSTIN - For the third consecutive session, State Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) has been selected to serve on both the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Natural Resources Committee. In addition, Ashby was appointed to the House Calendars Committee. "More than anything, I'm honored to have a seat at the table on three committees that are important to East Texas," said Ashby about his assignments.

The Committee on Appropriations is known as one of the most powerful committees in the House, and is much sought after by legislators because of its impact on potential legislation. The committee is charged with vetting, debating and acting as a gatekeeper for all proposed funding measures and for building a balanced state budget.

"Serving on the Appropriations Committee in the past has been one of my greatest honors as a legislator. It gives me the opportunity to keep a watchful eye on our state's spending and how we construct a responsible budget that meets the needs of our state. I look forward to taking part in this conversation during the 85th Legislative Session."

The House Natural Resources Committee has purview over water issues in Texas. The committee is critical to all Texans, but especially those in East Texas who have great interest in protecting water and property rights back home. Said Ashby about his place on the Natural Resources Committee: "Water is critical to our region of Texas, and I look forward to advocating for strong water planning and infrastructure. I am determined to be a strong voice for our region when it comes to water rights."

This will be Representative Ashby's first session as a member of the House Calendars Committee which sets the daily calendar for which bills will be considered. "Being a member of Calendars allows me to express the views of my district, as it applies to which bills will be debated on the floor of the House of Representatives," said Ashby. "I look forward to learning more about this committees process, and working with my colleagues to advance conservative legislation in the Texas House."

Representative Ashby is in his third term as a member of the Texas House of Representatives. Currently, Ashby is a member of the House Calendars Committee, as well as the House Committees on Appropriations and Natural Resources. Trent lives in Lufkin with his family and is the Angelina County Chairman of Citizens National Bank.


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