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CRADDICK APPOINTS TURNER TO THE LBB  print page

by: Rep. Craddick, Tom
10/25/2006


(AUSTIN) - Today, Speaker Tom Craddick (Midland) announced the appointment of Speaker Pro Tempore Sylvester Turner (Houston) to the Legislative Budget Board (LBB). Turner's appointment fills the vacancy left by former Rep. Vilma Luna who recently resigned from the Texas House of Representatives.


"As a dedicated representative for the people of House District 139 and as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Turner brings experience and a thorough knowledge of state government to the LBB," Speaker Craddick said. "I have no doubt he will be an asset to the Board and its mission."


Created by statute in 1949, the primary purpose of the LBB is the development of recommended legislative appropriations for all state government agencies. The Board provides the Legislature with a recommended state budget, prepared by the LBB staff, at the beginning of each legislative session. As Joint Chairman of the LBB with the Lieutenant Governor, the Speaker has the statutory authority to appoint two members of the House of Representatives to the LBB. The Lieutenant Governor can appoint three senators. The Chairs of both the House Appropriations Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, as well as the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, are all automatic members of the LBB.


"It is an extraordinary honor and privilege to be appointed to the Legislative Budget Board," Rep. Turner said. "I look forward to participating and contributing to this legislative institution which is a valuable asset to the legislative process in Texas."


Sylvester Turner was elected to the House of Representatives in 1988. At the beginning of the 78th legislature, Rep. Turner was named Speaker Pro Tempore by Speaker Craddick. Turner currently serves as the Chairman of Budget and Oversight of the Regulated Industries Committee, and as a member of the Calendars Committee and the Appropriations Committee.


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