January 31, 2008
Not because major candidates for President have been dropping out.
And not because it appears that, regardless of how things proceed, we’re going to have, for the first time in our country’s history, either a woman or an African-American Presidential nominee from a major political party.
It’s also not about Tom Brady’s footwear or girlfriend. It’s not the prospect of a perfect season. It’s not even about how many times dim-witted sportscasters can work a reference to Three Dog Night’s 1969 hit song “Eli’s Coming” into reports about the New York Football Giants.
And, believe it or not, it’s not the homework assignment that the Senate received this week (more on that later).
No, this has been a big week because of something I’ve been waiting on for a long time. Something that plays into my deepest obsessions.
It’s that I now know, for 100% certain, that someone will have even less seniority than me in the next legislative session.
Senator Kyle Janek, who represents a big chunk of the coastal area around Houston, announced this week that he’s retiring from the Texas Senate.
The Senator plans to move to Austin, and it’ll be great having him as a constituent and neighbor in the district. I’ve enjoyed working with him. In fact, he was one of the folks who really embraced me when I came into the Senate last year.
It’ll also be great to move, at least, from #31 in Senate seniority to #30. You can click here to read a Watson Wire from last year about how I wound up at the bottom of the seniority totem pole.
Now, the big kids in the Senate will have to stop making fun of me.
I tell you, 2008 just keeps getting better.
The Lieutenant Governor gave us our homework for the remaining 11 months of this interim between legislative sessions. It’s what’s known as “interim charges.”
You can read the full 26-page list of them here. Obviously, that’s a little long for me to get all the way into here. But let me highlight some of the ones I’m looking forward to working on or hearing about:
(By the way, Environmental Defense, a great organization dedicated to protecting the environment, honored me last night. In my speech to them, I focused on the role of the market in protecting the environment. You can read that speech here.)
There are many other charges as well – not all of them, frankly, as promising as these three. But I’m all about positivity today. Must be all that seniority I have coming my way.