AUSTIN (Jan. 23, 2019) – Texas Representative John Wray, Waxahachie, earned unanimous approval from the Texas House of Representatives for a congratulatory resolution honoring the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (TEXPERS) on its 30th Anniversary. TEXPERS provides training, education and advocacy services for public employees enrolled in the pension plans of the cities and counties across Texas.
“Public employees play a critical role in the operations of cities and counties in our state. In particular, when we call on them to respond during natural disasters such as fire, flood, or other disasters, they take care of us. For 30 years, TEXPERS has been taking care of them by supporting and assisting our public pension systems," Wray said.
House Resolution 64 recognizes TEXPERS’ role in assisting pension systems to deliver retirement security for police officers, firefighters, and municipal employees, and other public employees. Its membership includes over 80 public pension plans with more than $22 billion in assets.
HR 64 also notes the importance of pension funds to the Texas economy, acknowledging that retiree spending of pension earnings creates a $29 billion stimulus and $4.4 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue.
TEXPERS Board President Paul Brown said the association values this gesture of appreciation for its work educating pension system trustees and administrators. “This is a testament to the hard work of our member systems, and it is certainly nice for all of us to be recognized in this manner by the Legislature,” Brown said.
More than 50 TEXPERS members travelled to Austin for legislative outreach training and to take part in the proceedings.
Representative Wray is available for comments.
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ABOUT JOHN WRAY
State Representative John Wray is serving his third term representing House District 10 including Ellis County. In the 85th session, he served on the Transportation and Homeland Security Committees. A former councilman and mayor of Waxahachie, Wray currently practices Estate Planning and Probate Law in Ellis County.
The Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems is a voluntary nonprofit association that provides education and legislative advisory services to the trustees, administrators, professional service providers, and employee groups that manage the retirement money of police officers, firefighters, and municipal and district employees in cities across Texas.
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