Gary VanDeaver - Republican (Incumbent)
Gary VanDeaver, Ed.D., is serving his first term as State Representative for Texas House District 1, which includes Bowie, Franklin, Lamar, and Red River Counties. He is a member of the Public Education Committee and the Appropriations Committee, which is charged with the important responsibility of writing the state budget. Prior to his election to the Texas House, Gary was a 33-year rural educator, serving most recently as Superintendent of New Boston Independent School District, in Bowie County.
Gary is a member of the NRA and a strong proponent of gun rights. He served on the Board of Directors of the Texas FFA and the Red River County Farm Bureau, and is also a former board member of the Bogata Rodeo Association and Red River County Fair Association. He was president of the New Boston Lions Club and director and past president of the New Boston Chamber of Commerce.
Gary and his wife, Pam, have been married for 31 years. Their two grown daughters carry on the family tradition of public service as a schoolteacher and criminal prosecutor. The VanDeavers are members of the First Baptist Church of New Boston, where Gary serves as a deacon and teaches adult Sunday School.
Committees: Appropriations, Public Education, Appropriation- Subcommittee on Article III, Public Education- Subcommittee on Educator Quality
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