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Sunset Advisory Commission

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10 Legislative Members - 4 Years; 2 Public Members-2 Years

General Information

Agency #: 116 1501 North Congress, 6th FloorP.O. Box 13066Austin 78711-3066


Office Office Holder Hometown / Term Ends
Chair Rep. Justin Holland Rockwall, 09-01-2025
TX Senator(s) Sen. Angela Paxton McKinney, 09-01-2025
Appointment Pending
Appointment Pending
Sen. Charles Schwertner, M.D. Georgetown, 09-01-2025
Sen. Drew Springer, Jr. Muenster, 09-01-2025
TX House Representative(s) Rep. Keith Bell Forney, 09-01-2027
Rep. Terry Canales Edinburg, 09-01-2025
Rep. Travis Clardy Nacogdoches, 09-01-2025
Rep. Matt Shaheen Plano, 09-01-2027
House Public Member Jeff Austin III Jacksonville, 09-01-2023
Senate Public Member Appointment Pending


Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Executive Director Eric Beverly (512) 463-1300 / (512) 463-0705
Deputy Director & General Counsel Position Vacant (512) 463-1300 / (512) 463-0705
Director of Business Operations Trisha Linebarger (512) 936-1770 / (512) 463-0705
Office Manager Janet Wood (512) 463-1233 / (512) 463-0705


The Texas Legislature created the Sunset Advisory Commission in 1977 to identify and eliminate waste, duplication, and inefficiency in government agencies. The Sunset Commission reviews the policies and programs of about 130 state agencies and questions the need for each agency; looks for duplication with other public services or programs; and recommends changes to improve each agency's operations and activities. The Commission seeks public input through hearings on every agency under Sunset review and recommends actions on each agency to the full Legislature. In most cases, agencies under Sunset review are automatically abolished unless legislation is enacted to continue them.

The 12-member Sunset Advisory Commission has five members of the Senate, five members of the House, and two public members, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor, and the Speaker of the House, respectively. The chairmanship rotates between the Senate and the House every two years.