Seth Harp, a candidate for Insurance Commissioner, will replace Preston Smith as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Commitee:
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has named Seth Harp (R-Midland), who is already running a campaign for state insurance commissioner, as the acting chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Harp was already vice chairman of the judiciary committee. But he’s also chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee, which oversees university operations.
Obviously, since Harp is leaving the Senate, a new judiciary chairman will have to be named later. Do not expect Smith to reclaim it.