Austin, February 20 – Today Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced the reactivation of the Senate Select Committee on Texas Ports, under the chairmanship of Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe). Following the 85th Regular Session, then Chairman Creighton was selected to lead this very same committee to discuss the economic benefit of the Panama Canal expansion to Texas ports, including inland ports, and actions that would keep Texas competitive in this new era.
The composition of Committee members will provide unique perspectives from ports in their districts:
Sen. Brandon Creighton – Chair (Ports of Beaumont, Port Arthur and Cedar Bayou)
Sen. Carol Alvarado – Vice Chair (Port of Houston)
Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (Port of Corpus Christi)
Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (Ports of Bay City, Calhoun, Palacios, Victoria and West Calhoun)
Sen. Eduardo “Eddie” Lucio, Jr. (Ports of Brownsville, Harlingen, Isabel and Mansfield)
Sen. Jane Nelson (Fort Worth Alliance Airport)
Sen. Larry Taylor (Ports of Galveston, Houston and Texas City)
Lieutenant Governor Patrick has asked the committee to reevaluate Texas Ports, Navigation Districts and Port Pilots to encourage best practices that will promote a level playing field and fair business climate for all stakeholders in our states’ maritime trade.
“Texas ports are our gateway to trade and economic growth.” Senator Creighton stated. “I am thankful for Governor Patrick’s attention to this issue and feel privileged to again chair the committee and build on our past success. As the nation’s leading export state, Texas handles more than 20 percent of the nation’s total export tonnage in some years. As larger vessels transit our waterways and call on our ports, Texas must be ready to accommodate them as well as allow for all users to compete and maintain our economic lead over the rest of the country.”