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Higher Education Committee, Texas House of Representatives

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Senate Committees

The Higher Education 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

Function

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

The committee shall have nine members, with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:
  • education beyond high school;
  • the colleges and universities of the State of Texas; and
  • the following state agencies: the Texas Engineering Experiment Station, the Texas Engineering Extension Service, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, the State Medical Education Board, the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board, and the Texas Transportation Institute.[4]

Membership

2013-2014

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

Higher Education Members, 2013
Democratic members (3)Republican members (6)
Roberto AlonzoDan Branch, Chair
Donna HowardDiane Patrick, Vice-chair
Armando MartinezTravis Clardy
Drew Darby
Jim Murphy
John Raney

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

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