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Black Lawmakers Say Regent Appointments Lack Diversity

Posted/updated on: January 26, 2017 at 6:45 pm
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AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas Senate’s only two black members are criticizing Gov. Greg Abbott for not including any African-Americans in his three nominees for the University of Texas System Board of Regents. The Senate is to begin vetting Abbott nominees Janiece Longoria, former Sen. Kevin Eltife of Tyler and Rad Weaver on Thursday for six-year terms. Sens. Royce West of Dallas and Borris Miles of Houston say Abbott missed a chance to boost board diversity when he failed to nominate any new black members. The board has had only three black regents in 126 years. Abbott spokesman John Wittman said the governor is proud of his appointments, “and he will continue to seek out willing public servants who not only share his vision for Texas, but also reflect the diversity of the state.”


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