United States Rep. Brian Babin is set to deliver the commencement address at the Lee College Spring Graduation Ceremonies. 

The ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. Saturday at the college’s sports arena at 550 Lee Drive.

A total of 214 students have signed up to walk for the 10 a.m. ceremony while 188 are scheduled for the afternoon service. These numbers are not equal to the number of diplomas conferred, according to Susan Smedley, college spokeswoman.  

Babin, a former dentist that graduated from the University of Texas Dental Branch, ran in 2014 to represent the 36th District and was sworn in the following January into the 114th Congress. The Texas Army National Guard airborne artilleryman has served on two important committees while in Congress. While on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Babin has been able to address the critical ports, highways, rails and pipelines that provide thousands of jobs and fuel a hub of economic activity that includes more petrochemical refining facilities than any district in the country. 

On the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Babin serves as the Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Space. This allows him to address America’s space policy matters of NASA and represent the interests of Johnson Space Center also located in the district as a national leader. As a member of the Subcommittee on Environment, Babin has helped lead efforts to bring transparency and accountability to the EPA, which has threatened our petrochemical and agricultural interests with excessive regulation.

The former Woodville, Texas mayor has been on city council, a school board member, been in the U.S. Army Reserve, and has held various jobs such as janitor, musician, disc jockey and U.S. Post Office letter carrier. As a civil servant, Babin has been the director and vice president of the Tyler County Chamber of Commerce and was president of the Lions Club.

In 1999, then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush appointed Babin to serve on the Lower Neches Valley Authority. Gov. Rick Perry then reappointed him. He has also previously served on the Texas State Historical Commission and the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. In addition, he has served on the Deep East Texas Council of Governments. 

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