On Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick stocked each of the 14 committees of the Texas Senate with various members and leaders. Here are the key players in each of the 14 committees:


  • Chairwoman: Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham

  • Vice Chairwoman: Sen. Konni Burton, R-Colleyville

Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs

  • Chairman: Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock

  • Vice Chairman: Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso

Business and Commerce

  • Chairman: Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills

  • Vice Chairman: Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe

Criminal Justice

  • Chairman: Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston

  • Vice Chairwoman: Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston


  • Chairman: Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood

  • Vice Chairman: Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville


  • Chairwoman: Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound

  • Vice Chairman: Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen

Health and Human Services

  • Chairman: Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown

  • Vice Chairman: Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio

Higher Education

  • Chairman: Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo

  • Vice Chairman: Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas

Intergovernmental Relations

  • Chairman: Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville

  • Vice Chairman: Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston

Natural Resources and Economic Development

  • Chairman: Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls

  • Vice Chairwoman: Sen. Judith Zaffrini, D-Laredo


  • Chairman: Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury

  • Vice Chair: Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin

State Affairs

  • Chairwoman: Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston

  • Vice Chairman: Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola


  • Chairman: Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville

  • Vice Chairman: Sen. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood

Veteran Affairs and Border Security

  • Chairwoman: Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels

  • Vice Chairman: Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas

Things to note:

  • Patrick removed members Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston; Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso; and Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, from the Senate Education Committee. He replaced them with Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola; Sen. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood; and Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio.

  • Sen. Hughes received a vice chairman position as a freshman senator.

  • Sen. Kolkhorst is receiving her first chairmanship of a committee; she was named chairwoman of the Senate Administration Committee.

  • Several senators have neither a vice chairperson nor chairperson position. These senators include: Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston; Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano; Sen. Borris Miles, D-Houston; Sen. Dawn Buckingham, R-Austin; and Sen. Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio.

  • Only one bill has been referred to committee. Sen. Nelson's Senate Bill 1 will face committee hearings on Monday.