AUSTIN, TEXAS –Speaker Joe Straus (R – San Antonio) appointed Rep. Todd Hunter (Republican – Corpus Christi) to the Joint Interim Committee to Study Seacoast Territory Insurance. The committee will assess alternate ways of providing windstorm insurance to businesses and homeowners along the coastline.

“As a representative to one of the most populated areas along the Texas coast, windstorm insurance has been a focus of much of my work in the legislature,” Rep. Hunter said. “I am confident that this committee will help us find a number of ways of providing insurance to folks along the Gulf Coast.”

Rep. Hunter is one of five House members appointed to the Joint Interim Committee, which was established through House Bill 3 during the 1st Called Special Session of the 82nd Legislature.

“We appreciate Chairman Hunter’s leadership in the coastal insurance arena. He’s been a leader on this issue since he’s been in the legislature and has been beneficial to the Texas Gulf Coast,” said Foster Edwards, President and CEO of the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce. “The fact that windstorm insurance is critical to the Gulf Coast, not only to the people but also to the economy, makes this interim committee even more important. We are excited that Chairman Hunter is on this interim study committee.

“I know no other person in the state that has more experience or knows this subject any better than Chairman Hunter,” said Randy Vivian, President and CEO of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce. “I think it is an outstanding appointment, not only for the state of Texas but especially for our region, with this issue being so important to the Gulf Coast area.”