Texas Governor Appoints 4 To Lower Colorado River Authority Board

Austin, TX (STL.News) Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Martha Leigh Whitten and Joe Crane and has appointed Carol Freeman and Melissa Blanding to the Lower Colorado River Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027.

Martha Leigh Whitten of San Saba is owner and operator of Alamo Pecan & Coffee Company Whitten Real Estate and Whitten ranching operations.  She served on the San Saba City Council, the City Parks Board, and the San Saba Independent School District Advisory Committee.  She previously worked at Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) in Austin, as well as Whitten & Rennscheidt CPAs and Whitten & Williams CPAs.  She volunteers as the assistant treasurer for the First Baptist Church Stewardship Committee and on the Angel Tree Project for Needy Children.  Whitten received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas A&M University.

Joe Crane of Bay City is the managing general partner of BU Growers, Ltd., and Lester Winfree Rice & Cattle, LLC.  He has served as the LCRA director for Matagorda County since 2015.  He has been farming milo, soybeans, corn, cotton, and rice since 1998, and previously worked as the general manager for Prairie Rice, Inc. 

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