10/6/2009 11:20 AM
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst today announced his appointments to the Sunset Advisory Commission. Dewhurst named Sens. John Whitmire (D-Houston), Joan Huffman (R-Houston), and Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) to the commission for terms ending in 2013. He also designated Sen. Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) as chairman. Both Hegar and Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (D-McAllen) are serving the second-half of terms that end in 2011. Dewhurst also reappointed Charles McMahen as the public member of the commission. The Sunset Advisory Commission examines the structure of state agencies and decides how to improve that structure and whether agencies should be continued.
"I want to thank all of these individuals for accepting appointment s to this important commission," Dewhurst said. "Some of our most critical state agencies are scheduled for review by the Sunset Advisory Commission and I know these appointees will provide the leadership and knowledge necessary to ensure all aspects of agencies under review are thoroughly evaluated."