A&M Chancellor Sharp to lead Rebuild Texas effort

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott selects A&M's John Sharp to lead Harvey rebuilding effort

"The response by the federal government has been swift and effective, and the passage of a bill allocating an initial down payment for recovery and rebuilding is a continuation of their assurances to stand firm with Texas", said Abbott, in a statement after the U.S. Senate voted to allocate the fund to Texas for the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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"Local officials know best what the needs of local constituents are", Abbott said as he stressed that they would ensure every local official has the support they need.

Abbott announced Thursday Sharp will head the newly formed Governor's Commission to Rebuild Texas to coordinate resources and assist local officials reconstruct damaged public infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and buildings. "We must cut red tape and speed the rebuilding process".

Sharp made light of questions about how he will juggle the two jobs.

Gov. Greg Abbott, with Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp (in jacket), outlines the Rebuild Texas efforts Thursday at a meeting with Fort Bend County mayors.

"These communities have been devastated by this storm, and the road to recovery is a long one", said Governor Abbott.

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The job - which may last years - is not a paid position, and Sharp doesn't plan to step down as university chancellor.

In addition to six years of service as Chancellor of the A&M System, Sharp has extensive experience as a Democratic politician and a personal connection to some of the communities most directly impacted by the storm.

Sharp was elected to the Senate four years later.

Sharp, who will receive no extra pay for his work, said efficient and responsible use of public funds will be a key focus of the commission.

"He called me", Sharp said.

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