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Rep. Dustin Burrows appointed chair of Investigative Committee on Uvalde school shooting

Dustin Burrows, R. Lubbock (Source: KCBD)
Dustin Burrows, R. Lubbock (Source: KCBD)
Published: Jun. 3, 2022 at 11:05 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2022 at 1:00 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - On Friday, Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan established an Investigative Committee on the Robb Elementary shooting. Representative for House District 83 Dustin Burrows was appointed chair of the committee helping lead the investigation.

“The fact we still do not have an accurate picture of what exactly happened in Uvalde is an outrage,” Speaker Dade Phelan said. Phelan says he established the committee to gather as much information as possible to help inform the House’s response to the mass shooting. He hopes to find answers to the many questions people still have as the events surrounding the shooting are still unclear.

“As the father of three young boys, this unimaginable tragedy brought me to my knees and it is with that same fervor that I commit to finding answers for the parents of Uvalde. This investigation will be thorough and complete, with no preconceived notions of what did or did not occur,” Burrows said. Our goal is to provide an unbiased and objective report that can be relied upon by the legislature as it considers policy to prevent future school shootings.”

On Wednesday, Gov. Abbott requested Texas lawmakers convene special legislative committees to “protect all Texans.”

READ MORE: Abbott requests special legislative committees in the wake of Uvalde school massacre

Others appointed to the committee include:

  • Rep. Joe Moody, Vice Chair
  • The Honorable Eva Guzman, Member

Read the full news release below:

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan today established the Investigative Committee on the Robb Elementary Shooting to conduct an examination into the circumstances surrounding the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

“The fact we still do not have an accurate picture of what exactly happened in Uvalde is an outrage,” said Speaker Dade Phelan. “Every day, we receive new information that conflicts with previous reports, making it not only difficult for authorities to figure out next steps, but for the grieving families of the victims to receive closure. I established this investigative committee for the dedicated purpose of gathering as much information and evidence as possible to help inform the House’s response to this tragedy and deliver desperately needed answers to the people of Uvalde and the State of Texas.”

The following individuals have been appointed to the committee:

  • Rep. Dustin Burrows, Chair
  • Rep. Joe Moody, Vice Chair
  • The Honorable Eva Guzman, Member

Speaker Phelan added, “these individuals possess decades of experience in civil and criminal litigation matters – skill sets I believe make them best equipped to meet the objectives of this committee and its investigation. I know each of them to be diligent, thorough, and focused professionals whom I trust will do everything in their power to deliver facts and answers at a time when they are needed most.”

The investigative committee, which possesses the power of subpoena and is authorized to conduct depositions and initiate discovery, has been tasked with collecting and analyzing evidence from law enforcement, making comprehensive findings, and reporting its conclusions as soon as possible to help inform the work of the House.

In addition to the formation of this new investigative committee, Speaker Phelan also issued a series of joint charges to the Select Committee on Youth Health & Safety and Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee. Six additional House members have been appointed to the Select Committee on Youth Health & Safety – five of whom represent cities that have experienced a mass shooting in recent years. The following members have received appointments:

  • Rep. Greg Bonnen (representing Santa Fe)
  • Rep. Mary Gonzalez (representing El Paso)
  • Rep. Tracy King (representing Uvalde)
  • Rep. John Kuempel (representing Sutherland Springs)
  • Rep. Brooks Landgraf (representing Odessa)

Rep. Drew Darby has also been appointed to serve on this committee, as he recently served as the Chair of the House Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention & Community Safety, which was formed in the 86th Legislature to study the occurrence, impact, and prevention of mass violence in the State of Texas.

To view the proclamation authorizing the creation of the Investigative Committee on the Robb Elementary Shooting, click here.

To view the joint charges for the Select Committee on Youth Health & Safety and the House Homeland & Public Safety Committee, click here.

To view the amended proclamation for the Select Committee on Youth Health & Safety, click here.

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