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Richard Corcoran announces 2018 leadership in House

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In a Tuesday memo, House Speaker Richard Corcoran announced his leadership for the 2018 Legislative Session, including the committee weeks that lead up to the annual session.

Current Majority Whip Dane Eagle keeps that post, but now will be a member of the Republican leadership team.

Rep. Jim Boyd will chair the Commerce Committee, taking over from Jose Felix Diaz, who is running for state Senate.

Replacing Boyd at the helm of the Ways & Means Committee is Paul Renner, recently picked to become Speaker in 2022-24.

Other top positions remain the same, according to the memo. For instance, Jeanette Nuñez and Ray Rodrigues remain Speaker Pro Tempore and Majority Leader, respectively.

Speaker-designate Jose Oliva will continue as head of the Rules & Policy Committee, and Carlos Trujillo will again chair Appropriations for the chamber.

“Updated committee assignments will be made within the next few weeks,” Corcoran wrote. “If you are interested in serving as a subcommittee chair or on a particular committee, I strongly encourage you to speak with the chair of the full committee with jurisdiction over the subcommittee.

“As we did last year, subcommittee chair appointments will be made in collaboration with the full committee chairs,” he added. “I look forward to seeing all of you soon.”



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