AUSTIN – State Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) has been selected to serve on both the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Committee on Transportation during the 87th Legislative Session. This will be the fourth time Ashby has served on the Appropriations Committee and will be his first session on the Transportation Committee.
The Committee on Appropriations is known as one of the most powerful committees in the House, and Ashby brings a trained-eye to the budget process in a session when revenue is lower than usual. The committee is charged with vetting, debating and acting as a gatekeeper for all proposed funding measures, and will be charged with building a balanced state budget – the Legislature’s only Constitutional mandate every two years.
“My appointment to these committees is an honor and a privilege, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to address important matters so closely aligned to the needs of District 57,” said Ashby of his committee assignments. “No committee has more of direct impact on the people of Texas than the House Committee on Appropriations. I look forward to serving here once again and look forward to working to make budgetary decisions which protect taxpayers from irresponsible spending while maintaining vital state programs.”
Ashby’s second committee assignment, the House Committee on Transportation has jurisdiction over the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, Texas Department of Transportation, and all matters pertaining to the Texas highway system. In addition, the committee oversees road, bridges, water transportation and operations for commercial motor vehicles.
“I’d like to thank Speaker Phelan for appointing me to the House Committee on Transportation,” said Ashby. “Representing a rural district with thousands of miles of state highway infrastructure, I look forward to being a voice for equitable infrastructure funding in East Texas and sound public policy in support of our region.”
In addition to his past experience on the Appropriations Committee – including two sessions as the Article III Subcommittee Chair, which oversees funding for all public and higher education – Ashby has previously served the House Committees on Administration, Calendars, Defense & Veteran Affairs, Natural Resources, and Public Education.
Representative Trent Ashby is in his fifth term as a member, currently sits on the House Committees on Appropriations and Transportation and represents a six-county region which includes: Angelina, Houston, Leon, Madison, San Augustine, and Trinity Counties.