Longtime lobbyist Paula Wolf rounded up how many pies state Sen. Tom Apodaca has his fingers in over on her blog, Paulatics.
Apodaca, a Hendersonville Republican who has been in the Senate for 12 years, is known for his off-the-cuff comments as well as influence in the state legislature.
Wolf, who until recently had worked as a lobbyist representing non-profit groups in the legislature, tallied up Apodaca’s current list of responsibilities.
From her blog:
Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Hendersonville) serves on 12 of the 23 Senate Standing Committees.
- He is the sole Chair of 2: Rules and Ways & Means.
- He is a Co-Chair of 3: Appropriations on Education/Higher Education, Insurance & Pensions and Retirement.
- He is a regular Member of 7: Appropriations on Base Budget, Appropriations on Justice & Public Safety, Commerce, Education/Higher Education, Finance, Judiciary I and Redistricting.
The daily calendar is under his purview as is the general flow of bills. As Rules Chair, Sen. Apodaca decides in which committee bills will be heard, and if they will be heard. It is also up to him whether a bill is debated on the Floor and what day.
His Committee assignments and his leadership responsibilities cover most of the issues expected to be hot this Session.
When you see Sen. Apodaca’s name in the media the word “powerful” will likely be used as a modifier to “Rules Chair” every time. Indeed, he is.