WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to
  recognize Doris Howdeshell, who is retiring April 30, 2011, as
  director of the Travel Information Division of the Texas
  Department of Transportation after more than three decades of
  exemplary service to the state; and
         WHEREAS, An honors graduate of Southwest Texas State
  University, Doris Howdeshell began her career with the Texas
  Department of Transportation in 1979; and
         WHEREAS, Known for her outstanding leadership skills and
  vision, she has been responsible for such exceptional
  initiatives as the highly successful "Don't Mess with Texas"
  campaign and the state's Adopt-a-Highway program, which has
  served as a model for similar programs in 48 other states; and
         WHEREAS, Talented and resourceful, she has also overseen
  the production of the state's travel literature, including the
  award-winning Texas Highways magazine; she received the 2006
  Tall In Texas award from the Texas Travel Industry Association
  for her outstanding contributions to the state's tourism
  industry; and
         WHEREAS, An exceptional public servant, she is respected
  and admired by her colleagues, and her presence at the Texas
  Department of Transportation's Travel Information Division will
  be greatly missed; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 82nd
  Legislature, hereby commend Doris Howdeshell for her exemplary
  service to the people of Texas with the Texas Department of
  Transportation and extend to her best wishes for the retirement
  years ahead; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
  her as an expression of esteem from the Texas Senate.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on March 22, 2011.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate