AUSTIN, Texas – State Sen. Morgan LaMantia says she is thrilled with the committee assignments she has received from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for the 88th Legislative Session.

The South Padre Island Democrat was appointed to the Senate Committee on Education, the Senate Committee on State Affairs, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, and the Senate Committee on Nominations. 

State Sen. Morgan LaMantia

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Senate Committees on Education, State Affairs, Health and Human Services, and Nominations. I want to thank Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick for these thoughtful committee assignments, and for entrusting me with such important responsibilities,” LaMantia said.

“I am excited to work alongside my colleagues on some of the most significant issues facing the Texas Legislature. While the task ahead may be challenging, my team and I are confident that our resilience and dedication will be impactful. We look forward to contributing to the progress made during the 88th Legislative Session. With the support of our community and constituents, we are eager to represent the hard-working people of Senate District 27. By working together, we can ensure our success.”

LaMantia, a freshman senator, represents District 27, which hugs the coast from Brownsville to Corpus Christi and then goes north to take in San Patricio and Bee counties. The district was previously represented by state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., of Brownsville.

Sen. Juan Hinojosa


State Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, said he is pleased with the committee assignments he has been given. They include a return to the vice chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Finance. This is the committee that crafts the state budget.

Hinojosa will continue serving on the Senate Committee on Border Security, the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, and the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence. Earlier this session, Lt. Gov. Patrick appointed Senator Hinojosa to the Senate Special Committee on Redistricting and named him vice chair of that committee.

State Sen. Juan Hinojosa

This is Hinojosa’s 9th legislative session to serve on the Senate Finance Committee and 8th session as its vice chair. Last session this role was performed by Sen. Lucio. Hinojosa says being vice chair of Finance is an influential leadership position that will benefit the South Texas region. 

“I am honored that Lt. Governor Patrick has again entrusted me with the important responsibility of serving as Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. I look forward to working with Chair Joan Huffman, the committee members, and House Appropriations to craft a state budget that will make significant investments that will further strengthen our communities and the Texas economy. Given the historic $32.7 billion surplus, we have a great responsibility to address critical issues such as providing property tax relief, increasing salaries for teachers, state employees, and peace officers. We will also provide additional support to our retired teachers, increase funding for community colleges and workforce training, and invest in our roads, broadband, water and drainage infrastructure, and the electric grid,” Hinojosa said.

“With my committee assignments this session, I am committed to working with my colleagues to bring forth practical solutions that will further strengthen our economy, ensure increased access to affordable health care for our most vulnerable, support public education funding for our students and teachers, and keep our communities safe. Above all, I will work to make Texas a better place to live and raise our families.”

Hinojosa represents District 20, which includes the counties of Nueces (part), Jim Wells, Brooks, and Hidalgo (part).

Sen. Judith Zaffirini


State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, represents District 21. The district includes Starr County and stretches from the Rio Grande to the Colorado River.

Lt. Gov. Patrick assigned Zaffirini to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development, where she will serve as vice chair, the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce; the Senate Committee on Finance, and the Senate Committee on State Affairs. Earlier this session she was named to the Special Committee on Redistricting. 

“Having served on these committees before, I understand their importance to the families I represent,” Zaffirini said. “These assignments truly will facilitate my addressing our highest legislative priorities. I am grateful to Lt. Gov. Patrick and look forward to continuing to work with him and my legislative colleagues while championing legislation and funding that will benefit Texans.”

Zaffirini said that as a member of the Finance Committee she will prioritize funding that provides property tax relief; expands access to health care, including mental health; enhances education, particularly pre-k and higher education; and helps rebuild infrastructure, especially regarding water, energy and broadband.

State Sen. Judith Zaffirini

Also a previous member of the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce, Zaffirini said she looks forward to using her expertise to improve the reliability of the electrical grid and promote Texan businesses. She said the committee also will examine issues such as digital accessibility, insurance, cybersecurity, blockchain and virtual currency regulation, technology advances, and supply chain efficiency.

Representing the majority of the Eagle Ford Shale region, Zaffirini believes she remains well-positioned to advocate for balancing industrial interests with responsible environmental stewardship on the Natural Resources and Economic Development committee. She has served as vice chair of this panel since 2017.

As for her work on the State Affairs committee, Zaffirini said she plans to remain focused on judicial issues, as well as on elections administration, human trafficking, public safety and pension fund investment strategies.

First elected in 1986, Zaffirini has received more than 1,000 awards and honors for her legislative, public service, and professional work. She is known for her 100 percent voting record in the Texas Senate, where she has cast 67,923 consecutive votes since 1987. In the 2021 Republican-dominated Texas Legislature, she passed 106—more than any other legislator for the fourth consecutive session. In fact, Zaffirini has passed more bills than any other legislator in the history of the state. 

Zaffirini said her open-door policy will remain in place in Austin. She said constituents may contact her or her staff to share their perspectives about legislation or request assistance with a state agency via [email protected] and her district office (956/722-2293) or her Capitol office (512/463-0121).

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick


Lt. Gov. Patrick issued the following statement about his committee appointments for the 88th Legislative Session:

“As the Texas Senate begins its work this session, the committee assignments I made today will ensure we succeed in addressing the priorities of the people of Texas.

“This is the strongest, best equipped group of senators in Texas history. They are proven leaders with the expertise and experience needed to keep Texas moving in the right direction. That includes the most outstanding freshman class we have ever had.

“The overwhelming majority of bills voted on by the chamber will have bipartisan support. But make no mistake, the priority bills will address the concerns of the conservative majority in Texas.

“Our committees have worked long hours throughout the interim to prepare for this session. The senators’ commitment to public service is unwavering and I am proud to serve the people of Texas alongside them. It is a team effort and we are ready to do the work Texans expect of us.”

Editor’s Note: Click here to view all the Senate committee assignments.


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