Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen issued committee assignments for newly-elected state Rep. Gary Gates (R-Richmond), Lorraine Birabil (D-Dallas), and Anna Eastman (D-Houston).

“Pursuant to House Rule 4, Section 5, I am pleased to appoint Rep. Gates, Rep. Birabil, and Rep. Eastman to fill the committee positions left vacant by their predecessors,” said Speaker Bonnen.

“As newly-elected members of the House, I know they will bring an important perspective to the interim work of their respective committees, and it is my honor to welcome them to the Texas House.”

Gary Gates

Gary Gates

Bonnen appointed Gates to the the state appropriations, pensions, investments and financial services committees. Gates replaced John Zerwas as state representative of House District 28. Zerwas’ term expires January 2021.

The Richmond businessman defeated Democrat Eliz Markowitz in the January runoff election. Gates is a candidate in March 3 GOP primary election.

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