Midland/Odessa - Lunch with Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Tom Craddick

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Monday 8-Sep-08 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM CDT

Speaker: Speaker Tom Craddick, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives

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Petroleum Club
Midland Texas

Details for "Midland/Odessa - Lunch with Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Tom Craddick"

Join us for lunch at noon with Tom Craddick, the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, at the Petroleum Club.

Please make sure you register for the event before September 5 so that we can have an adequate count for lunch. 
Unfortunately, late registrants will not be allowed. 

Speaker Speaker Tom Craddick

Tom Craddick's rise to the Speaker's seat parallels the growth of the Republican Party in Texas. On January 11, 2003 he made state history when, subsequent to his 34-year tenure in the Texas House of Representatives, he became the first Republican Speaker-after helping gain the Republican Majority in the House-for the first time in more than 130 years.

Craddick's leadership gave the 78th Legislature, which began as one of the most challenging in history, much of its impetus for success. Although his first session as speaker was marked by an unprecedented $10 billion budget deficit, Craddick helped the state overcome the budget shortfall while producing model ethics, insurance, tort and transportation reforms. Given his successes in these arenas, Craddick was overwhelmingly re-elected Speaker in 2005.

During the 79th 3rd Called Special Session, Craddick was also instrumental in cutting property taxes and reforming the financing of public schools in Texas while also adding some urgent reforms to the educational system itself. Craddick led the House to pass legislation that reformed the state's franchise tax giving taxpayers needed property tax relief. He also supported legislation that provided a $2,000 state-funded pay increase for teachers, encouraged the creation of locally designed incentive plans to increase teacher performance, and the requirement for high school students to take four years of science and math.

During the 80th Legislature, Craddick was instrumental in providing further property tax relief, and extending those benefits to elderly and disabled homeowners. Craddick ensured that education remained a priority, and several bills passed to better prepare Texas students for higher education and entry into the workforce. Additionally, the Texas Legislature created the Texas Tomorrow Fund II (TTF2), which will help parents afford the high cost of college education. Craddick also worked with the House leadership to pass legislation regarding water management and conservation, long-term funding for Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Texas Historical Commission, and Jessica's Law which increases penalties for child molestation. Border security was also addressed, allocating more funding to fight crime on the border and better coordinate homeland security activities.

When Craddick was a Ph.D. candidate at Texas Tech University, he decided to seek office in the Texas House of Representatives as a Midland Republican. Given the environment at that time, even his father warned him against it. "Texas is run by Democrats," the Midland businessman, R.F. Craddick told him. "You can't win." But the younger Craddick proved him wrong, and at the age of 25, he became one of only nine Republicans in the 150-seat House.

Tom Craddick has spent his adult life serving his fellow citizens in the Texas House of Representatives. His tenure has been characterized by landmark events. His initial years at the Capitol were focused on revitalizing the Texas GOP, but in 1971 he gained respect from both sides when he joined a bipartisan group of reformists dubbed "The Dirty 30" that was pushing for changes in House Ethics. In 1975, Speaker Bill Clayton appointed Craddick as the first Republican committee chairman in 100 years, and he continued to hold chairmanships under Clayton's successors, Gib Lewis and Pete Laney. Since his election as Speaker, Craddick has demonstrated an appreciation for diversity and bipartisanship by appointing a record number of women and minorities -- including 12 Democrats -- as chairmen.

Speaker Craddick is also a successful businessman. He is a sales representative for Mustang Mud, an oilfield supply company, owns Craddick Properties, a Midland investment business, and is president of Craddick, Inc.

Craddick holds both a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Tech University. In 1995, his alma mater honored him with a prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award. He is also an Eagle Scout who has held numerous civic posts in his hometown of Midland.

Craddick married the former Nadine Nayfa, a native of Sweetwater, in 1969. They have two children, Christi and Thomas Russell, Jr. Their son, Tommy, married the former Laura Parker in 2004. The Speaker and Nadine have a one-year-old grandson.

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