Lt. Gov. Patrick Establishes Committee To Review Capitol Art, Including Confederate Paintings

Chris Fox
December 03, 2019 - 7:04 am
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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced that he has appointed a committee to review the history and procedures for the placement of art and other decor in the historic Texas Senate Chamber. This fulfills a promise made by Patrick to Senate Democrats during the 86th State Legislature.

During a May debate over legislation that would make it more difficult to remove Confederate Statues, State Senator Boris Miles tacked on an amendment calling for a committee to review the artwork in the Senate Chamber including Confederate paintings. “The committee would study the historical significance or relevance of each work of art displayed in the Senate Chamber and would recommend (to the State Preservation Board) whether each work should continue to be displayed or whether any works should be replaced,” said Miles on the Senate Floor.

Paintings of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston and Confederate Postmaster General John Reagan currently hang in the Senate.

The bill didn’t pass but Patrick said he would still put the special committee together as long as the Senate was in favor. They voted unanimously for the amendment 31-0.

Senate Administration Committee Chairman Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, will chair the committee. In addition to Chairman Hughes, the committee will include Senators Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, Borris Miles, D-Houston, Beverly Powell, D-Burleson, Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, and Kirk Watson, D-Austin.