On Wednesday Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced that State Sen. Bob Hall (R–Edgewood) would be the chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture.

State Sen. Kel Seliger (R–Amarillo), who held the position for four days, was removed by Patrick from the committee on Tuesday after lewd comments he made about a female Senate staffer during a Lubbock radio interview in which he said he had “a recommendation for [the female staffer] and her lips and my backend.”

Patrick wasted no time in filling the vacancy, announcing Hall as the successor less than a day later.

“No one works harder for the people of his district than Sen. Hall,” said Patrick. “I am confident he will bring the same work ethic and commitment to conservative principles to the leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee.”

After the appointment, Hall expressed his excitement and appreciation for the appointment:

It’s a privilege to receive the Lt. Governor’s appointment as Senate Agriculture Committee chairman. My district is a testament to the fact that the future of Texas agriculture is filled with promise.  I know my rural communities are excited to have our voice at the center of the discussion. I look forward to ensuring that farming and ranching continues to be a vibrant part of the Texas economy with the free market as the engine.

In addition to chairing the Agriculture Committee, Hall will also serve on State Affairs, Veterans Affairs & Border Security, Education, and Nominations.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens