Texas Land Council
When the State Legislature reconvenes next year, the House of Representatives will be very different.
Most importantly, three House committee chairmen will not return in 2009.
San Antonio Democrat Robert Puente, chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, recently announced his retirement after nine terms. Round Rock Republican Mike Krusee, Transportation Committee chairman and author of legislation authorizing the Trans-Texas Corridor, has also retired after eight terms. Fort Worth Republican Anna Mowery will be replaced by Burleson Republican Rob Orr as chairman of the Land and Resource Management Committee. During her 10 terms in the House, Mowery has been a vital proponent of property rights.
In addition, Eagle Lake Democrat Robby Cook, farmer and member of the Land and Resource Management Committee, will not return after serving six terms.