Rural caucus appoints representative Carter Casteel as vice-chair

AUSTIN-Chairman of the Rural Caucus, Robert L. "Robby" Cook, announced the appointment of the Vice-Chairs of the Rural Caucus of the Texas Legislature.

"We tried to look at geographic representation as well as cover subject matters of interest to the caucus." Rep. Cook stated. "Additionally, you will notice senior members as well as freshman members listed as vice-chairs in an effort in involve everyone in the caucus."

Representatives Charles "Doc" Anderson (Waco), Roy Blake Jr. (Nacogdoches), Carter Casteel (New Braunfels), Juan Escobar (Kingsville), Stephen Frost(New Boston), Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles (Alice), Mark Homer (Paris), Lois Kolkhorst (Brenham), and Rob Orr (Burleson) were all appointed Vice-Chairs. Senators Craig Estes (Wichita Falls), and Dr. Bob Deuell (Greenville) were also named vice-chairs.

The rural caucus exists as an informational resource for members of the Texas Legislature. Throughout the legislative session, weekly meetings are held on various topics of interest to the members with specific attention to the impact on rural Texas. Additionally, work-sessions are held to help educate members on topics ranging from school finance and budget issues to transportation and insurance. The caucus currently has 64 members, including the Commissioner of Agriculture, Susan Combs.

"We are fortunate to have so many leaders in rural issues who have worked on various issues important to their district and rural Texas," stated Representative Cook.

"We have expertise in education, transportation, natural resources and budget issues. All rural members will play a key role in developing and shaping policy in an effort to address long-standing rural issues in our state."

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