Economic & Small Business Development Committee, Texas House of Representatives

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The Economic & Small Business Development Committee is a standing committee of the 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.[1] Committees are assigned at the start of each legislative session.[2] A majority of appointed members make up a committee's quorum.[3] The Speaker is not recognized as an "ex officio" member of any committee.

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: House Rules


The committee shall have nine members, with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:
  • workforce training;
  • commerce, trade, and manufacturing;
  • economic and industrial development;
  • development and support of small businesses;
  • job creation and job-training programs;
  • hours, wages, collective bargaining, and the relationship between employers and employees;
  • unemployment compensation, including coverage, benefits, taxes, and eligibility;
  • labor unions and their organization, control, management, and administration;
  • weights and measures; and
  • the following state agencies: the Texas Economic Development and Tourism Office, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Texas Workforce Investment Council.[4][5]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Economic & Small Business Development Members, 2015
Democratic members (3)Republican members (6)
Eric Johnson, Texas Representative, Vice-ChairAngie Chen Button, Chair
Eddie RodriguezCharles Anderson
Hubert VoWayne Faircloth
Jason Isaac
Will Metcalf
Jason Villalba


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.

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