Drew developed a deep understanding of the Texas state budget as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees state agencies dealing with Natural Resources, Business & Economic Development, and Regulatory functions. That background brought him to author and pass legislation that reversed the Legislature’s decades-long practice of misusing certain fees and taxes for purposes different from what they were authorized. Those pieces of legislation in 2015 and 2017, abolished or cut taxes saving Texans more than $400 million in the most recent biennium.
As chairman of the Energy Resources Committee, he passed landmark legislation to protect private property rights and clarify the role of cities to regulate oil and gas development within city limits. As chairman of the State & Federal Power & Responsibility Select-Committee, he authored and passed legislation rescinding all previous Article V petitions that called on Congress to form a Constitutional Convention and worked with Governor Abbott and House and Senate sponsors to pass the Convention of States petition. Drew has served as chairman of Redistricting Committee and authored and carried a successful redrawing of the House, Senate and Congressional lines.
The following are a few highlights from his record of accomplishment:
Authored and passed legislation transferring Angelo State University to the Texas Tech System. This was the first time a higher education institution had been transferred to a different system. The transfer has been very beneficial for both institutions and ASU has seen incredible growth under the Tech System. (80th Legislature – House Bill 3564)