State Rep. Dan Huberty is a source of pride among his constituents. He was first elected in 2011 when Joe Crabb retired as District 127 state representative. Huberty has championed a variety of issues but kept his focus on education. Two sessions ago, he was named chair of the House Committee on Public Education.
District 127 constituents contacted The Tribune when they noticed Huberty’s name was nowhere to be found when House Speaker Dade Phelan several weeks ago announced his 34 committee chairs. Phelan appoints the chairs.
Curious to know why he was no longer listed as chair of committee, The Tribune went directly to Huberty and asked him.
“From time to time ,there is a shakeup in leadership, as we have had with a new speaker,” Huberty told The Tribune. “I am still on the committee, as I asked to be on it. I also asked to be on licensing and regulation. I got the assignments I wanted and asked for as a member.”
Huberty assured The Tribune that he will continue to work closely with his fellow representatives and had kind words to share about public education’s committee chair.
“The new chairman, Harold Dutton, is a dear friend; he also represents parts of Humble ISD, and has been on the Public Education Committee for 30 years,” Huberty told The Tribune. “He is very deserving and capable of running the committee, and I will continue to work closely with him on issues important for all kids in Texas.”
In addition to Dutton and Huberty, the Public Education Committee includes Vice Chair J. M. Lozano, Alma Allen, Steve Allison, Keith Bello, Diego Bernal, Brad Buckley, Mary E. Gonzalez, Ken King, Theresa Meza, James Talarico and Gary VanDeaver.
Huberty’s constituents knew they had elected a representative who not only would represent the wishes of his district but one with potential impact on Texas state government when Texas Monthly magazine named him “Rookie of the Year” during his first session in 2011.
“The former president of the Humble ISD, Dan Huberty is self-assured, diligent and willing and able to tackle tough issues,” the noted magazine wrote. “In a session fraught with partisanship, he made a point of working across the aisle…to co-author a school exemption amendment to the divisive sanctuary cities bill.”
While the Texas Monthly praised him for “…working across the aisle,” Huberty also was named an exemplary conservative and effective conservative in 2019 by the Conservative Roundtable of Texas.
Re-elected four times and having served in five sessions, Huberty was named chair of the public education committee for the two previous sessions allowing him, during the 86th Session of the Texas Legislature, to champion his most significant piece of legislation, HB 3.
Called the Texas Plan, HB 3 transformed public school financing in Texas in four ways – modernizing outdated formulas, increasing the state’s share of funding, sending more money to Texas classrooms, enhancing teacher pay and investing in much-needed programs.
No longer a “rookie,” Huberty plans to continue to use his expertise, know-how and skill on additional issues.
“I am looking forward to working on other issues this year besides just education. Having passed House Bill 3 last session was a big task, and we have a bill we will be filing soon to fix some of the issues we have found,” Huberty told The Tribune in an email. “I am energized to keep working and am happy to continue to represent District 127.”
And he will continue to be effective for District 127 because, as the Texas Monthly noted in 2011, “…if there were such elections, Dan Huberty would have won freshman class president by a landslide.”