Dan Patrick Statement on the Departure of Tommy Williams
HOUSTON – Texas State Senator and authentic conservative candidate for Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick issued the following statement regarding the announcement that Tommy Williams will be departing the Texas Senate:
“I would like to thank Senator Williams for his years of public service. His departure as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee will leave a big hole in the leadership team in the Senate. The Senate Finance Committee and the Chair in particular, has a great deal of work to do before the 84th Legislative Session convenes in January 2015. I urge Governor Dewhurst to move swiftly to fill the vacancy.
“Personally, I can think of no one better suited to fill the position than my friend and colleague Senator Jane Nelson. In addition to being one of the key leaders in the Texas Senate, Senator Nelson has developed significant expertise as Chairman of Health and Human Services Committee. Her command of the issue – the single biggest budget driver – makes her perfectly suited to undertake this role and lead the Texas Senate through the budget process. I think it’s about time Texas had a woman lead this crucial Committee.
“As Lieutenant Governor, she possesses the characteristics I would look for in someone to fill this key position.”