State Affairs Committee, Texas House of Representatives

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The State Affairs 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 13 members, with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:
  • questions and matters of state policy;
  • the administration of state government;
  • the organization, operation, powers, regulation, and management of state departments, agencies, and institutions;
  • the operation and regulation of public lands and state buildings;
  • the duties and conduct of officers and employees of the state government;
  • the operation of state government and its agencies and departments; all of above except where jurisdiction is specifically granted to some other standing committee;
  • access of the state agencies to scientific and technological information;
  • the regulation and deregulation of electric utilities and the electric industry;
  • the regulation and deregulation of telecommunications utilities and the telecommunications industry;
  • electric utility regulation as it relates to energy production and consumption;
  • pipelines, pipeline companies, and all others operating as common carriers in the state;
  • the regulation and deregulation of other industries jurisdiction of which is not specifically assigned to another committee under these rules; and
  • the following organizations and state agencies: the Council of State Governments, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Office of the Governor, the Texas Facilities Commission, the Department of Information Resources, the Inaugural Endowment Fund Committee, the Sunset Advisory Commission, the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and the Office of Public Utility Counsel.[4][5]



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

State Affairs Members, 2013
Democratic members (5)Republican members (8)
Helen Giddings, Vice-chairByron Cook, Chair
Jessica FarrarTom Craddick
Jose MenendezJohn Frullo
Rene OliveiraCharlie Geren
Sylvester TurnerPatricia Harless
Harvey Hilderbran
Dan Huberty
John Smithee


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


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

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