HB 2181

84(R) - 2015
House Transportation
House Transportation
Transportation & Infrastructure

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Wayne Faircloth


Wayne Smith

Bill Caption

Relating to designating the Interstate Highway 45 causeway to Galveston the George and Cynthia Mitchell Memorial Causeway.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

From the Author's Statement of Intent:

"George P. Mitchell (1919-2013) was born in Galveston, Texas, to a family of Greek immigrants. He was not a man who inherited wealth. He worked his way through Texas A&M University, where he was the captain of the tennis team and graduated first in his class with a degree in petroleum engineering. After receiving his degree, he served his country in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. George Mitchell founded an independent oil and gas company, Mitchell Energy & Development Corporation. Through his efforts he discovered a method to unlock the natural gas and oil contained in the dense shale formation thousands of feet below the earth's surface that started an industry revolution to drive a boom in oil and gas production. Cynthia Mitchell, George Mitchell's wife, has also created her own legacy as a dedicated supporter of the arts, educational initiatives, and humanitarian issues. She spearheaded the effort to launch the University of Houston's Distinguished Authors Program, helped establish the Global Children's Foundation to provide safe havens for young victims of war and tyranny, and helped develop the Houston Symphony. Through their foundation, the Mitchells have spearheaded efforts to create better communities in cities across the State of Texas. Specifically, the Mitchells have led efforts to revitalize their hometown of Galveston, Texas, by taking leading roles in the rejuvenation of Galveston's historic Strand District through restoration of many commercial buildings. Given George and Cynthia Mitchell's contribution to the City of Galveston and also to the state of Texas, it is fitting to name the causeway connecting the city with the rest of the state as the George and Cynthia Mitchell Memorial Causeway."

Vote Recommendation Notes

We remain neutral on all legislation relating to memorials or honorariums. 

The second chamber sponsor is Senator Larry Taylor.