Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R-TX)
Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst received the 2009 Lt. Governors Arts Award for his support of the arts and arts education throughout the state. Since being elected in 2002, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst has strongly advocated for continued support of Texas’ arts and entertainment industries. This year, Dewhurst secured $1 million in the state budget for the Texas Cultural Trust’s Create Texas, Put Your ART Into It, a statewide public relations campaign promoting arts education and economic development. He also supported budget allocations for other outreach programs aimed at raising the awareness of the importance of the arts. Last year, Dewhurst helped secure $20 million for film incentives for the state.
His other legislative achievements include the support and passage of a bill that the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Texas Cultural Trust, and Texans for the Arts requested which dissolves an ineffective endowment and provides additional funding of approximately $5 million for grants to the TCA. Lt. Gov. Dewhurst secured the Senate sponsor, and his staff shepherded the bill through the process, rescuing it when the House stalled and many bills died.