Eltife Appointed: Gov. Greg Abbott appointed three members to the University of Texas System Board of Regents including former Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler). Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), who succeeded Eltife in the Senate, support Eltife’s nomination, which requires Senate confirmation. Abbott’s appointees succeed three regents whom the governor declined to reappoint, including Wallace Hall, who is embroiled in a lawsuit against the University of Texas over access to admission records. Hall contributed to several House candidates backed by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility/Empower Texans and other groups critical of Speaker Joe Straus, including Jeff Judson, who challenged Straus in the 2016 primary.

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