Special to the News-Times
AUSTIN — The Texas House Republican Caucus elected Rep. Ernest Bailes to represent the East region of the Policy Committee for the 88th legislative session.
The Policy Committee is responsible for providing analysis and vote recommendations for members of the Republican Caucus. The committee consists of 16 Members: two within each of the six geographic regions; and two at-large members appointed by the Caucus Chair.
“I’m honored to be chosen to represent East Texas in the Republican Caucus Policy Committee, and to bring a rural and pro-business perspective as we navigate issues this session,” Bailes said. “It’s important that we protect the individual freedoms and the path of less government, as we support a pro-business environment with conservative values here in the Great State of Texas.”
A lifelong rancher and agriculturalist, Ernest Bailes was raised on his family’s dairy and beef cattle operations in East Texas. He grew up in Shepherd and earned his B.S. from Texas A&M University in 2004. After graduation, Ernest founded his company, Repro Select, an advanced reproductive services provider for cattle and whitetail deer producers across the south-central United States.
Ernest serves on numerous boards and committees, including the San Jacinto Farm Bureau, Texas Deer Association, and the Shepherd ISD Technology Advisory Board.
Ernest and his wife Courtney have been married for 17 years and have two sons, Cinco and Rigby, who attend Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD, where Courtney is a schoolteacher. The Bailes family are active members of the First Baptist Church in Evergreen.