This week, the Texas Christmas Tree Growers Association delivered the official 2013 Capitol Christmas trees to the south steps of the Texas State Capitol.
Patsy Spaw, Secretary of the Texas Senate, and Julie Straus, wife of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, were on hand as Texas Christmas Tree Growers Association (TCTGA) President Claudette McNew delivered the trees to the Capitol’s south steps.
“Julie and I thank Claudette and Daniel McNew, Mike Walterscheidt, and the TCTGA for their continued contribution to Christmas at the Capitol,” said Speaker Straus. “The holiday season in our state Capitol is a festive time, and these Texas-grown trees will provide memories for all Texans who come to the Capitol this season.”
“As President of the Texas Christmas Tree Growers Association, Daniel and I are thrilled to present a three beautiful, real Virginia Pine Christmas trees for Texans to enjoy throughout the holidays at our state Capitol,” said TCGTA President Claudette McNew.
Claudette and Daniel McNew, owners of the McNew Star M Christmas Tree Plantation in Hunt County, Texas, delivered three 7 ft. Virginia Pines and then traveled by horse drawn carriage provided by Elaine Glass of Die Gelbe Rose Carriage to the south steps of the Capitol. The trees were then delivered to the House, Senate, and the Office of the Governor.
Mike Walterscheidt with TCTGA delivered additional trees to the Capitol from Elgin, including two 8-10 ft. Fraser Firs to be placed in the back hall behind the House and Senate Chambers.
With assistance from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the State Preservation Board, a 21 ft. Virginia Pine was installed in the House Chamber, compliments of Marshall and Sharlote Cathey, owners of Elves Farm in Denison.
To learn more about holiday traditions at the Texas Capitol, click here.
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Wednesday appointed Will Montgomery of Dallas to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Oversight Committee.
The Oversight Committee serves as the governing body of CPRIT, which awards grants to expedite innovation in cancer research, to help bring lifesaving cancer products to Texans and to expand cancer prevention capabilities across the state.
Earlier this year, the Texas Legislature approved major reform legislation that will make CPRIT more transparent, help prevent conflicts of interest and ensure that grants are awarded based on scientific merit.
“Will Montgomery is widely respected for his many accomplishments in the private sector,” Speaker Straus said. “He also brings a deep personal understanding of the importance of CPRIT’s mission. He will provide critical leadership and help restore public confidence in the agency.”
Montgomery is a partner in the Dallas office of Jackson Walker LLP, where his practice focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration.
“Cancer is a scourge that has touched families throughout Texas, including my own,” Montgomery said. “My father was a cancer researcher, ironically contracting cancer late in his life. My brother recently died of cancer. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the state and to help accomplish CPRIT’s mission to educate, prevent and discover causes and possible cures for cancer.”
Montgomery’s term will expire in January 2017.
Speaker Straus appoints three of the nine members of the CPRIT Oversight Committee. Last month, he re-appointed Pete Geren of Fort Worth and appointed Dr. Cynthia Mulrow of San Antonio.
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