Shuffling of Senate Chairs May Be Nod to Critics

Fresh off a bruising defeat in the Republican primary in which Ted Cruz and the Tea Party tore his legislative record to shreds, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst rejiggered the Senate’s levers of power Thursday with some changes that could be viewed as a conciliatory gesture to some of those conservative critics.

Dewhurst shuffled the chairmanships of some of the Senate’s most powerful committees and cut the number of committees led by Democrats by scuttling the International Relations and Trade Committee, which had been headed by Sen. Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville. 

Two of the changes — tapping Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston ...

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