[Lt. Governor of Texas]
Post Office Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78711
David Dewhurst

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            
April 20, 2004  

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst Appoints Karina Casari Senate Parliamentarian
AUSTIN -- Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst announced today the appointment of Karina Casari as Senate Parliamentarian. Prior to her appointment, Casari served as Director of Legislative Policy for Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst. Casari replaces former Parliamentarian Walter Fisher who retired in February.
"Karina has a keen understanding of the intricacies of the Senate, and the rules that dictate action on the Senate floor. Her many years of handling legislative policy in the Senate, and her familiarity with each of the members makes her the right fit for the position," Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst said.
Prior to serving in the office of Lieutenant Governor, Casari was Executive Deputy Commissioner at the Texas Department of Insurance. Before working at TDI, she worked in the Senate from 1992-2002. Casari received a B.A. in political science from Texas A&M University.
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