AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick announced the first-of-its-kind Lieutenant Governor Advisory Boards — from the private sector. Patrick stressed the importance of having private businesses advising public policy, he also says the unique boards will consist of 55 private citizens.
“Why would you want a legislative body to disconnect themselves with the private sector? That’s what Washington has done and why the United States has major issues,” said Patrick.
The boards will have some of the most successful business and community leaders. He believes this will strengthen the ties between private business and public policy.
“During my 15-month campaign for lieutenant governor, I met with literally hundreds of successful businessmen and women from every kind of business one can imagine,” he said. “It quickly occurred to me that these entrepreneurs could be a valuable asset to the Texas Senate in helping craft policy initiatives. I began asking many of these business leaders that if I was fortunate enough to win this election, would they consider volunteering their time and expertise to address the major issues of today and tomorrow, that face Texas.”
Patrick announced boards for the following six policy areas:
- Economic and Workforce Development
- Economic Forecasting
- Energy/Oil and Gas
- Tax Policy
- Roy Bailey: Lieutenant Governor Advisory Board Chairman
- Gene Powell: Economic and Workforce Development Chair
- Kent Hance: Economic Forecasting Chair
- T. Boone Pickens: Energy/Oil and Gas Chair
- Brint Ryan: Tax Policy Chair
- Ned Holmes: Transportation Chair
- Jack Wood: Water Chair
“I also look forward to announcing even more historic changes, such as the Lieutenant Governor Grassroots Advisory Boards in the coming days,” said Patrick. “Stay tuned.”
The new members of the boards are some of Texas’s most successful business people and community leaders. They also have political ties. The Texas Ethics Commissions lists nearly all of them as major donors to political causes. Some are Democrats, but most are Republican.
Thirty-seven of them are listed as donating to the Dan Patrick campaign. Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, and future head of the Energy Advisory Board, donated more than $30,000 in the last two years.
Joining him on that board is Tim Dunn, the money behind the conservative group Empower Texans. He’s donated more than $50,000 to Patrick’s campaign.
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