Bill Text: TX SR159 | 2017 | 85th Legislature 1st Special Session | Enrolled

Bill Title: Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Republican Party of Texas.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 20-0)

Status: (Passed) 2017-08-15 - Reported enrolled [SR159 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-SR159-Enrolled.html
         WHEREAS, Proud members of the Republican Party of Texas are
  celebrating the organization's 150th anniversary in 2017; and
         WHEREAS, The Republican Party of Texas was founded at the
  Harris County Courthouse on the Fourth of July, 1867, 13 years
  after the national party was established and 7 years after the
  election of the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln;
  former governor Elisha M. Pease served as chair of that initial
  state convention, and Colonel John L. Haynes, commander of the
  United States Army's First Texas Cavalry, became the executive
  committee chair; the party's membership in its early years was
  largely made up of former slaves, German American immigrants, and
  Texans who had opposed secession during the Civil War; and
         WHEREAS, Notable early Texas Republicans included Edmund
  J. Davis, the state's first Republican governor, Morgan C. Hamilton,
  a Republican senator, George T. Ruby, an African American state
  senator from Galveston, and Norris Wright Cuney, a prominent
  African American leader and a member of the Republican National
  Committee from 1886 to 1896; and
         WHEREAS, The party gained strength in the Lone Star State
  in the 20th century when Dwight Eisenhower carried Texas in the
  1952 presidential election, and its fortunes were boosted again
  in 1961 when John Tower was elected to replace Lyndon Johnson in
  the United States Senate; a new era began in 1978, when William P.
  Clements took office as the first Republican governor since
  Reconstruction, and from the 1980s to the present, Texas has been
  represented in the United States Congress by a series of
  accomplished Republican leaders, including Senators Phil Gramm,
  Kay Bailey Hutchison, John Cornyn, and Ted Cruz, as well as
  numerous members of the United States House of Representatives;
  Republicans have taken on an increasingly prominent role in state
  and local government as well; the party has held the governor's
  office since 1994, with George W. Bush, Rick Perry, and Greg
  Abbott serving as chief executive, and Republicans have swept the
  other statewide offices in five consecutive elections and have
  held a majority in the Texas Senate since 1997 and in the Texas
  House of Representatives since 2003; and
         WHEREAS, Thanks to the tireless service and exemplary
  leadership of countless men and women, the Republican Party
  continues to carry forth its core goals, including limited
  government, political and economic freedom, and strong national
  security, and its members may indeed take great pride in their
  invaluable contributions to our state and nation; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 85th
  Legislature, 1st Called Session, hereby commemorate the
  sesquicentennial of the Republican Party of Texas; and, be it
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
  the Republican Party of Texas as an expression of high regard
  from the Texas Senate.
Birdwell Hall Nichols
Buckingham Hancock Perry
Burton Huffines Schwertner
Campbell Huffman Seliger
Creighton Hughes Taylor of Collin
Estes Kolkhorst Taylor of Galveston
  Patrick, President of the Senate
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on August 15, 2017.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate