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Monday, November 9, 2009

Speaker Appoints Bonnen Vice-Chair of Sunset Advisory Commission

Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 32

It is a great honor to share with my constituents the following press release from House Speaker Joe Straus announcing my appointment as vice-chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission.  This is a tremendous privilege that allows me to be directly involved in eliminating wasteful and unnecessary bureaucracy within our state government, while ensuring that the twenty-eight state agencies up for Sunset Review are run efficiently and held to the highest standards of accountability.  To learn more about the Sunset process and a listing of agencies up for review, you may wish to visit


Monday, November 9, 2009

(AUSTIN) - As part of the important work of the legislative interim, Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) announced today the appointment of three members of the Texas House of Representatives and one public member to the Sunset Advisory Commission.  Each appointee will serve a four-year term.

The legislative appointees are Representatives Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton), Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) and Byron Cook (R-Corsicana).   Representative Bonnen will serve as vice-chair of the Commission.   Mr. Lamont Jefferson, a partner in the San Antonio office of the law firm Haynes and Boone, will serve as the public member.  The new appointees join Representatives Linda-Harper Brown (R-Irving) and Carl Isett (R-Lubbock) who currently serve on the Commission.

"Today, I am pleased to appoint Representatives Bonnen, Anchia, and Cook, as well as Lamont Jefferson to serve on the Sunset Advisory Commission," said Speaker Straus.  "I am confident these leaders are committed to promoting accountability in state government and know they will give this important task the time and attention it deserves.  As we prepare for the 2011 legislative session, it’s absolutely vital that the Sunset review process save taxpayer dollars by reducing waste and inefficiency,”  said Speaker Straus.

The Sunset Advisory Commission was created in 1977 and is a 12-member body of legislators and public members who are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.  The agency's goal is to identify and eliminate waste, duplication, and inefficiency in government agencies.  The chairmanship and vice-chairmanship of the Commission alternate every two years between the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate.