Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced Texas House committee assignments for the 86th Legislature on Jan. 23.

According to a press release, Bonnen met with House members individually in recent weeks to learn about their committee preferences.

“After thoughtful consideration, these committee assignments have been made to reflect the seniority and personal preferences of Members and the diverse demographics of the Texas House,” he said in a statement.

Katy-area representatives were appointed to the following committees:

Cecil Bell Jr., R-Magnolia—District 3

  • Appropriations

  • Land & Resource Management

John Zerwas, R-Richmond—District 28

  • Appropriations, chair

Gina Calanni, D-Katy—District 132

  • Homeland Security & Public Safety

  • Juvenile Justice & Family Issues

Jim Murphy, R-Houston—District 133

  • Pensions, Investments & Financial Services, chair

  • Ways & Means

Jon Rosenthal, D-Houston—District 135

  • County Affairs

  • Energy Resources

Dwayne Bohac, R-Houston—District 138

  • County Affairs, vice chair

  • Ways & Means

Hubert Vo, D-Houston—District 149

  • Insurance

  • Pensions, Investments & Financial Services, vice chair

  • Resolutions Calendars

For a full list of Texas House committee members, visit www.house.texas.gov/committees.

Last week, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick named Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, chairman of a new Property Tax committee in the Texas Senate.

“Texans have made it clear that they will not stand for anything less than meaningful property tax reform and relief this legislative session,” Bettencourt said in a press release.

The state senator was named to three other committees, including Finance, Education and Higher Education.

For a full list of Texas Senate committee members, visit www.senate.texas.gov/committees.php.