Dan-Patrick

Republican Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick announced yesterday (Thursday, Jan. 15) he has appointed 56 state business leaders to six new citizen advisory panels who will advise him on a variety of policy areas, including water, taxes, economic development and forecasting, transportation and energy.

Texans for Public Justice, a liberal ethics watchdog group, noted 77 percent of the advisory members financially backed his campaign for lieutenant governor. Other members have backed Patrick since his first campaign for state senate in 2006, a position he held until his election as lieutenant governor this past November.

Nearly half of the advisory members live in the Dallas/Fort Worth region. Many are also among the Patrick campaign’s donors.

Dallas’ Roy Bailey will chair the advisory board’s committees.

Advisory group meetings would not be open to the public but Patrick said he will acknowledge legislation brought by the groups, according to the Austin American-Statesman. He also anticipates advisory board members to testify before committees.

“Endowing a handful of corporate titans with the power to write laws behind closed doors is the ultimate form of government privatization,” said Craig McDonald, the group’s director. “If you thought cronyism and corruption were out of hand under the [outgoing Gov.] Perry regime, just hang on!  The worst is yet to come.”

Major Patrick contributors and advisory board members:

Asterisk indicates Dallas/Fort Worth area resident 

*Roy Bailey, Chairman of Advisory Committees

Economic & Workforce Development:

Gene Powell, Chairman

*Barry Andrews

*Monty Bennett

Alonzo Cantu

*Dick Collins

*Doug Deason

Windi Grimes

*Mike Gruber

Bill Holmes

Michael Plank

Kyle Stallings

Massey Villareal

Economic Forecast:

Hon. Kent Hance

Tilman Fertitta

*Gerald Ford

Woody Hunt

Jodie L. Jiles

*Bob Rowling

Paul Sarvadi

*Shelly Stein

*Ardon Moore

Energy/Oil and Gas:

*T. Boone Pickens, Chairman

S. Javaid Anwar

John Connally

Tim Dunn

Kirk Edwards

Wil VanLoh, Jr.

John Walker

*Kelcy Warren

Tax Policy:

*Brint Ryan

Nelda Blair

Alan Hassenflu

*Marcus Hiles

Victor Leal

Steve Mach

*Bob McNutt

Mike Reitmeier

Ben Streusand

Sherry Sylvester

Transportation:

Ned Holmes, Chairman

*Bob Albritton

Steve Alvis

Arch “Beaver”  Aplin

*Pamela Bailey-Campbell

*Carter Pate

*Brenda Pejovich

*Jere Thompson, Jr.

John Weisman

Water:

Jack Wood, Chairman

*Joe Colonnetta

*Ralph Ellis, Jr.

Joseph Fitzsimons

*Kenn George

Gaylord Hughey

Kevin Sparks