The City Council consists of seven members that are elected at-large. In general, the members’ seats are determined by ward. Two council places are designated in each of the city’s three wards, while one place is left at large. The mayor is one of the seven members on the council and is elected by the council once per year at the council meeting immediately after the election.
The City Council meets at 7 p.m. first and third Mondays in the Council Room of Hewitt City Hall, 105 Tampico Drive. The council holds workshops at City Hall prior to many council meetings.
McLennan County was created by the Texas Legislature in 1850 out of Milam County, and is named for Neil McLennan, an early settler. The county seat, Waco, had been founded originally as an outpost of the Texas Rangers, laid out by George Erath, and was known by 1850 as “Waco Village.”
Currently, McLennan County includes 22 incorporated cities and 2 unincorporated over a span of 1060 square miles with a population of 234,906 according to the 2010 census.
Legislative highlights include: securing new headquarters funding for Company F of the Texas Rangers in Waco, major legislation concerning school bus safety belts, punishment for child predators (Jessica’s Law), legislation banning the hallucinogen salvia divinorum, and a Constitutional Amendment approved by voters in 2011 to extend property tax exemptions to the surviving spouse of veterans who had already gained such exemption due to their 100%, service-connected disability.
Brian serves as Chairman of both the Senate Committee on Nominations and the Subcommittee on Border Security, and is a member of the Senate Committees on Natural Resources & Economic Development, State Affairs, and Veteran Affairs & Military Installations. He is also serving a 2011-2015 term on the Sunset Advisory Commission, a 12-member legislative body focused on identifying and eliminating waste, duplication and inefficiency within state government agencies. In addition to these duties, Brian is a member of the following legislative subcommittees: the governing board of the Texas Legislative Council; the Select Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence, and Transparency; the Joint Committee to Study Education Policy for a Skilled Workforce; the Joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking; and the Joint Interim Committee to Study Recruitment of Firearms and Ammunition Manufacturers. In 2013, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz appointed Brian to his U.S. Service Academy Nominations Board, and in 2014, Senator Cruz named him Chairman of the 22-member board.
Congressman William H. “Bill” Flores was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2010. After observing a movement to reverse American exceptionalism and damage our nation’s fiscal solvency, Flores retired from a successful career in the private sector to run for Congress in order to restore America’s promise, prosperity and security for future generations. He works hard to achieve this mission every day and believes that by working together we can restore America to “the Shining City on a Hill” that President Reagan spoke of frequently.