As the first month of the 83rd legislative session comes to a close, State Representative Poncho Nevárez has been appointed by Speaker of the House, Joe Straus, to three House Committees on Thursday, January 31. These committees include: Culture, Recreation & Tourism; International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs; and Rules & Resolutions. "Throughout this process, I considered Members’ individual expertise and strengths to address our state's challenges, and to ensure the House committees reflect the geographic and demographic diversity of Texas,” Speaker Straus said. “These appointments will allow every Member of the Texas House to make a meaningful contribution to the serious work of this legislative session.” Nevárez is proud to be one of two freshman to be appointed to the newly created International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs, which covers issues dealing with trade within the United States as well as internationally. He understands that this appointment can contribute to growth along the border and throughout his rural district. "My committee assignments reflect the vast reach of Texas, not just across our country, but beyond our borders," Nevárez says. "We will continue to lead in tourism and while being the 14th largest economy in the world, we must be firm in our trade mission and priorities."