January 20, 2021 504 PM
AUSTIN — Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced the senate committee assignments for the 87th Legislature, and local state Senator César J. Blanco of Senate District 29 was appointed to four influential committees — the Senate committees on Health & Human Services, Higher Education, Transportation and Veteran Affairs & Border Security.
Senator Blanco weighed in on the appointments in a statement, saying, “I am honored Lt. Governor Patrick has entrusted me with these key appointments. Membership on these committees are a huge win for El Paso and West Texas. These committee assignments will allow me to advocate for some of the most pressing needs in our region.”
The senator noted that the global pandemic has impacted “all aspects of our lives” and that COVID-19 relief and recovery is a top priority for him this session. “Through the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services I will be directly involved in shaping the state’s public health policy and response to COVID-19 and addressing the health inequities that plague West Texas and border communities, including improving access to healthcare.”
Blanco also emphasized the importance of college in accessing opportunities for families in poverty, saying that with his work on the Higher Education Committee, he hopes to keep college within reach for working families.
“Our ports of entry and I-10 continue to be major economic engines, not just for our region, but the entire state,” he said. “On the Senate Transportation Committee, I’ll be focused on shaping policy that improves our transportation system with a multimodal approach to improve trade, job creation, and the movement of commerce and people in our region.”
“Senate District 29 is home to Fort Bliss, forty-nine thousand veterans, and eighteen thousand active duty military. We are a vibrant district, with urban and rural communities as well as more than 350 miles of the Texas-Mexico border. As a Veteran, I look forward to serving on the Veteran Affairs & Border Security Committee to fight for our proud military city, our veterans, and ensure border security is smart and accountable.”
“Through my committee appointments I will be able to keep the needs of our region at the forefront of major policy decisions,” Blanco said. “I look forward to working with my Senate and House colleagues to bring forth solutions to help Texas families, small businesses, and our economy bounce back stronger than before.”