From:    Coeta Mills

Today's paper announced that Ann Richard's first appointment shows
she is following her promises to the electorate that voted her in
office.  What a PLEASANT change of pace in this Lone-Star state!

GOV.-ELECT ANN RICHARDS tapped a one-time migrant worker as the
first woman or Hispanic to serve on the powerful Texas Railroad
Commission. (For those outside Texas, the Texas Railroad commission
is responsible for regulating the state's oil and transportation

Richards announced the appointment of state Rep. Lena Guerrero,
D-Austin to a burst of applause in the Texas Senate chamber. "I want
the appointment of Lena to send a message to the people of Texas,
Richards said. "That rich and poor, and old and young, and men and
women, and white, black and brown alike are going to be in positions
of power and responsibility in this state."

If confirmed by the Deomcrat-controlled Senate, Guerrero, 33, will
serve the two years remaining in the position vacated by
Commissioner John Sharp, who was elected state comptroller on 06
Nov. A legislator since 1985, she is a University of Texas graduate
and serves on the national boards of directors of the World Wildlife
Fund / Conservation Foundation, National Wildlife Federation and the
National Abortion Rights Action League.

Guerrero said she probably would not imitate departing Commissioner
Ken Hance in traveling to meetings of the Organization of Petroleum
Exporting Countries.  "Do I have to wear a veil?" she quipped.

"....I'm going to focus my attention on Texas and the U.S.'s energy