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Gov. Perry names Sen. Ken Armbrister as Legislative Director

Armbrister has more than two decades of legislative service

From the Office of Gov. Rick Perry

December 21, 2006

Government - Gov. Perry pictureAUSTIN– Gov. Rick Perry Dec. 14 announced that he is appointing Sen. Ken Armbrister as Legislative Director for the Office of the Governor. Armbrister, who did not seek re-election this year, will assume duties when his term of office expires in January.

“With more than two decades of legislative service, Ken Armbrister brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this new role in my administration,” Perry said. “He has served in both chambers and on every Senate committee, and he knows how to work across party lines to get things done. I am honored that Sen. Armbrister will continue his distinguished record of public service in my administration.”

Armbrister, D-Victoria, was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1983 and to the Texas Senate in 1986. Previously, he served as the vice president of the Victoria Independent School Board and spent 14 years with the Victoria Police Department, rising to the rank of Captain.

During his tenure in the Senate, Armbrister chaired numerous committees, including Natural Resources, Criminal Justice, State Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations. As the chairman of a select committee on taxes in 1999, he helped pass what was then the largest tax cut in state history. Previously, Gov. Perry has appointed Sen. Armbrister to the Task Force on Homeland Security and the Governor's Anti-Crime Commission.

Armbrister is a graduate of Sam Houston State University and the FBI National Academy. He and his wife, Susie, have two children, Erin and Shane, and two grandchildren, Payton and Hayden.

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