H.R. No. 254
         WHEREAS, Texas has the nation's largest rural population, and
  rural concerns are of enormous importance to the Lone Star State;
         WHEREAS, Today, 3.2 million Texans, or 16 percent, live in
  rural areas; of the 254 counties in Texas, 172 are rural, and rural
  land totals 142 million acres, representing 84 percent of total
  land area; and
         WHEREAS, Our state leads the country in the number of farms
  and ranches, which cover 130.2 million acres, and small rural
  telephone cooperatives and companies provide service to over half
  the geographic area; and
         WHEREAS, Texas has more women and minority farm operations
  than any other state, and almost a third of the population in rural
  counties is 65 or older; reflecting the deep patriotism of the
  countryside, the majority of the nation's military men and women
  hail from rural backgrounds; and
         WHEREAS, Such essential products as food, fuel, and fiber are
  among those originating in rural Texas, but although rural
  operations contribute billions to the Texas economy, rural families
  typically earn only 48 percent of what metropolitan workers earn;
         WHEREAS, While the rural population may be decreasing, rural
  people continue to demonstrate resolve and determination, as well
  as love for family, faith, and country, and the future of this state
  and nation depends in large part on the vibrancy and prosperity of
  our rural communities; and
         WHEREAS, A special legislative day provides a most fitting
  occasion to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of
  rural citizens, businesses, and industries; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 84th Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize February 3, 2015, as Rural Matters Day
  in Texas and express its gratitude and appreciation for the myriad
  contributions of rural Texans.
  King of Uvalde
  Anderson of McLennan
  King of Hemphill
Straus Guerra Otto
Allen Guillen Paddie
Alonzo Gutierrez Parker
Alvarado Harless Paul
Alvarado Harless Paul
Anchia Hernandez Peña
Anderson of Dallas Herrero Phelan
Anderson of McLennan Howard Phillips
Ashby Huberty Pickett
Aycock Hughes Price
Bell Hunter Raney
Blanco Isaac Raymond
Bohac Israel Reynolds
Bonnen of Brazoria Johnson Riddle
Bonnen of Galveston Kacal Rinaldi
Burkett Keffer Rodriguez of Bexar
Burns Keough Rodriguez of Travis
Burrows King of Hemphill Romero, Jr.
Button King of Parker Rose
Canales King of Taylor Sanford
Capriglione King of Uvalde Schaefer
Clardy Klick Schofield
Coleman Koop Shaheen
Collier Krause Sheets
Cook Kuempel Sheffield
Craddick Landgraf Simmons
Crownover Larson Simpson
Dale Laubenberg Smith
Darby Leach Smithee
Davis of Dallas Longoria Spitzer
Davis of Harris Lozano Springer
Deshotel Lucio III Stephenson
Dukes Márquez Stickland
Dutton Martinez Thompson of Brazoria
Elkins Martinez Fischer Thompson of Harris
Faircloth McClendon Tinderholt
Fallon Menéndez Turner of Collin
Farias Metcalf Turner of Harris
Farney Meyer Turner of Tarrant
Farrar Miles VanDeaver
Fletcher Miller of Comal Villalba
Flynn Miller of Fort Bend Vo
Frank Moody Walle
Frullo Morrison White of Bell
Galindo Muñoz, Jr. White of Tyler
Geren Murphy Workman
Giddings Murr Wray
Goldman Naishtat Wu
Gonzales Nevárez Zedler
González Oliveira Zerwas
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 254 was adopted by the House on February
  3, 2015, by a non-record vote.
  Chief Clerk of the House