Buckley to serve as vice chair of Defense and Veterans Affairs committee


Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) recently announced committee assignments for the 87 th regular session of the Texas House of Representatives.

District 54 Rep. Dr. Brad Buckley (R-Salado) – who represents Lampasas County and parts of Bell County – was appointed vice chairman of the Defense and Veterans Affairs committee. Buckley also will serve on the Public Education and Local and Consent Calendars committees.

"Having been raised in the shadow of Fort Hood, Texas, I am humbled and honored to have been named vice chairman of the Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee,” Buckley said. “Military service members and veterans are part of the fabric that makes up House District 54, and it is my honor to serve Texans on this committee.”

Of his appointment to the Public Education committee, Buckley said, "The pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for Texas students, teachers and parents. I look forward to helping my colleagues on the Public Education committee and in the Texas House craft common-sense solutions that identify and close learning gaps, while solidifying a bright future for the more than 5 million students in Texas public schools."

The House Defense and Veterans Affairs committee handles matters related to the various branches of the military, realignment and closure of military bases, defense of the state and nation, emergency preparedness, and veterans’ services.

The House Public Education committee handles matters pertaining to the public school system in Texas and the financing thereof, the programming of elementary and secondary education, and proposals to create or alter school districts.

The Local and Consent Calendars committee places bills on the House calendar that have been deemed local in nature and will not affect the state as a whole.

"I am thankful to Speaker Phelan for his confidence in me and the committee chairmen for their leadership, and I am ready to get to work," Buckley said.