John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, today honored Brazos Valley members of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives for their commitment and outstanding work during the 83rd legislative session.
“We all share the desire for Texas to lead the nation in excellence in education, service and research,” said Sharp. “And the 83rd Legislature was critical for higher education and the A&M System in particular in our continued efforts to do our part to transform higher education in Texas and provide a number of services to the citizens of this state.”
Legislators from the Brazos Valley included Texas State Senator Charles Schwertner, District 5, and State Representatives Kyle Kacal, District 12 and John Raney, District 14.
The members of the 83rd Legislature worked tirelessly to tackle problems and make investments into higher education and the A&M System. As a result, Texas students will have access to more financial aid at universities statewide, including the restoration of nearly $120 million in general revenue for TEXAS grants, whiles student veterans and their dependents will benefit from a sustainable Hazlewood program.
The Legislature also provided new funding to the Competitive Knowledge Fund, which provides a major source of support for the state’s comprehensive research universities, including Texas A&M University. Thanks to these and other key funding decisions, the A&M System will address a multitude of needs, from providing an educated workforce and advancing research, to improving access to healthcare, managing natural resources and providing support in the wake of natural disasters.