State Senator Robert Duncan has been reappointed by Lt. Governor David Dewhurst to be Chairman of the Senate Committee on State Affairs. The Lubbock Republican was chairman of the committee last legislative session.

Other notable appointments by Dewhurst are Republican Senator Kel Seliger of Amarillo to be chairman of the Senate Committee of Higher Education. Republican Senator Craig Estes of Wichita Falls is appointed chairman on the committee of Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security.

Dewhurst made the appointments to match the member's specific talents to their committees to allow more time to focus on conservative solutions.

Dewhurst said in press release,

"This upcoming Session will be difficult. As a lifelong businessman, I have constantly tried to challenge my colleagues and myself through new leadership opportunities and rotating assignments that require fresh conservative thinking  and conservative solutions."

Senate Committee Chairman Assignments for the 2013 Legislative Session

Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) - Higher Education

Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) - Transportation

Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) - Government Organization

Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) - Open Government

Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) - Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security

Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (D-McAllen) - Intergovernment Relations

Sen. Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) - Nominations

Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) - Jurisprudence

Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) - Economic Development

Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands) - Finance