Guv Perry has declared that Texas Transportation Commission member Hope Andrade of San Antonio will be temporary chairwoman, replacing the late Ric Williamson of Weatherford. Hope has been on the commission since '03. Read more at the Star-Telegram's political blog.
She'll preside over the commission's next monthly meeting Thursday in Victoria. It'll be the first meeting since the loss of Williamson, Perry's close friend who died of a heart attack in late December.
Quorum Report predicts that former Perry chief of staff Deirdre Delisi may be named Williamson's successor, and possibly next chair.
If that came to pass, it'd be the first time in a long time that the commission hasn't had at least one member from North Texas.
The commission oversees the Texas Department of Transportation, and under Perry has dramatically expanded the use of alternative financing, debt and tolls to pay for roads.