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Ways & Means Committee, Texas House of Representatives
Per the Senate Rules, committees of the Texas House of Representatives are assigned half by seniority and half by the Speaker of the House. Representatives select three committees they wish to serve on, and half of a committee's seats are filled in this manner based on seniority. In the case of equal seniority, the Speaker decides the seat. Once half of each committee is selected through this method, the Speaker appoints the rest of the committees. Committees are assigned at the start of each legislative session. A majority of appointed members make up a committee's quorum. The Speaker is not recognized as an "ex officio" member of any committee.
See rules: House Rules
|“||The committee shall have nine members, with jurisdiction over:
The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.
|Ways & Means Members, 2013|
|Democratic members (4)||Republican members (5)|
|• Craig Eiland||• Harvey Hilderbran, Chair|
|• Naomi Gonzalez||• John Otto, Vice-chair|
|• Trey Martinez Fischer||• Dwayne Bohac|
|• Mark Strama||• Angie Chen Button|
|• Allan Ritter|
The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.
|Ways & Means Members, 2011|
|Democratic members (3)||Republican members (8)|
|• Naomi Gonzalez||• Harvey Hilderbran, Chair|
|• Trey Martinez Fischer||• John Otto, Vice-chair|
|• Michael Villarreal||• Wayne Christian|
|• Gary Elkins|
|• Lanham Lyne|
|• Allan Ritter|
|• Beverly Woolley|
|• Jim Murphy|
The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.
|Ways & Means Members, 2009|
|Democratic members (2)||Republican members (9)|
|• Rene Oliveira, Chair||• John Otto, Vice-chair|
|• Michael Villarreal||• Larry Taylor|
|• Charlie Howard|
|• Aaron Pena|
|• Harvey Hilderbran|
|• Phil King|
|• Ken Paxton|
|• Will Ford Hartnett|
|• Dwayne Bohac|
- Texas State Legislature, "House Rules," accessed February 4, 2014(Rule 4-2)
- Texas State Legislature, "House Rules," accessed February 4, 2014(Rule 4-1)
- Texas State Legislature, "House Rules," accessed February 4, 2014(Rule 4-16)
- Texas State Legislature, "House Rules," accessed February 4, 2014(Rule 3-38)
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.