House Speaker Tom Craddick on Friday appointed state Rep. Jim Pitts to replace Talmadge Heflin as chairman of the budget-writing House Appropriations Committee.
Pitts, R-Waxahachie, has served in the Texas House since 1992.
Heflin, R-Houston, was defeated for re-election by Democrat Hubert Vo. Heflin is considering whether to seek a recount or to file for an election contest in the House.
Craddick said Pitts would begin immediately.
"There is a lot of work to do on the budget," Craddick said. "We have to be ready to hit the ground running when the session starts."
"I am honored to have the confidence of Speaker Craddick, and to be given this enormous responsibility," Pitts said. "We have several challenges facing us next session, but I look forward to working with my colleagues to address them."