The Texas House of Representatives has announced that local Rep. Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) has been named as the Chair of the House Human Services Committee for the 81st legislative, which is on-going in Austin.
Entering his fourth term as a state legislator, Rose retains the chair to which he was first named for the last legislative session in 2007, even though the Speaker of the House from that session, Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland) has been replaced in that role by Rep. Joe Strauss (R-San Antonio).
The Human Services Committee has jurisdiction over matters pertaining to welfare, rehabilitation, and mental retardation. It also assumes legislative oversight for the Health and Human Services Commission, the Department of Aging & Disability Services, the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, the Department of Family & Protective Services and the Board of Social Worker Examiners, among others.
Rose was also named as the Vice-Chair of the House Administration Committee and remains on the House Higher Education Committee.
Rose’s district covers Hays, Caldwell and Blanco Counties.