List of people from Texas

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The following are notable people who were either born, raised or have lived for a significant period of time in the U.S. state of Texas.

Founders and early settlers of Texas[change | change source]

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The Texas Revolution/The Alamo[change | change source]

American Civil War[change | change source]

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  • David Newell (born 1971), judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9; Houston attorney
  • Joe Nixon (born 1956), Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 133 (1995–2007)
  • James Robertson Nowlin (born 1937), United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas; one of the first two Republicans since Reconstruction to represent Bexar County in the Texas House of Representatives
  • James E. Nugent (born 1922), former Democratic member of the Texas Railroad Commission and the Texas House of Representatives
  • W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel (1890–1969), governor of Texas and U.S. senator
  • Dora Olivo (born 1943), attorney and former member of the Texas House of Representatives from Fort Bend County
  • Rob Orr (born 1955), member of the Texas House of Representatives since 2005 from Johnson County
  • John Otto (born 1948), member of the Texas House of Representatives since 2005 from Liberty County
  • Bill Owens (born 1950), former governor of Colorado
  • Gary Painter (born 1947), sheriff of Midland County since 1985
  • Hugh Q. Parmer (born 1939), former mayor of Fort Worth and member of both houses of the Texas State Legislature
  • Dan Patrick (born 1950), Lieutenant governor of Texas, former member of the Texas State Senate and radio broadcaster
  • Diane Patrick (born 1946), former member of the Texas House of Representatives from Arlingon
  • Kae T. Patrick (born 1934), member of the Texas House of Representatives from San Antonio from 1981 to 1988
  • Jerry E. Patterson (born 1946), Texas Land Commissioner; former state senator, candidate for lieutenant governor in 2014
  • Thomas Pauken (born 1944), Texas Republican chairman from 1994 to 1997, lawyer and political commentator
  • George Peddy (1892–1951), Texas politician; write-in candidate for U.S. Senate, 1922
  • David Peeples (born 1948), Texas state court judge since 1981, based in San Antonio
  • Gilbert Pena (born 1949), incoming 2015 Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from Pasadena
  • Randy Pendleton (1937–2009), state representative from Andrews, 1961–1969
  • Charles Perry (born 1962), state Senator from District 28 (elected 2014); former state representative from Lubbock (elected 2010)
  • Rick Perry (born 1950), governor of Texas, 2000–2015
  • Dade Phelan (born 1975), Republican state representative from Beaumont
  • Larry Phillips, Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from Sherman
  • Thomas R. Phillips (born 1949), former Chief Justice of Texas Supreme Court
  • George Pierce (born 1941), Republican former member of the Texas House of Representatives (1979–1993) from San Antonio; president of Texas and Southern Railroad, Inc.
  • David J. Porter (born 1954), member of the Railroad Commission of Texas, elected November 2, 2010
  • Robert "Bob" Price (1927–2004), U.S. representative from Pampa in Texas Panhandle
  • Tom Price (born 1945), judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, 1997–2015, and the Dallas-based 282nd Court, 1987–1997
  • Walter Thomas Price, IV (born 1968), state representative from Amarillo, first elected November 2, 2010
  • Graham B. Purcell, Jr. (1919–2011), U.S. representative from Texas' 13th congressional district from 1962 to 1973; Wichita Falls lawyer
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* Dale Wainwright (born 1961), former associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court

U.S. Presidents[change | change source]

Notable women of Texas[change | change source]

Please consider adding notable Texas women to other categories on this page that specifically concern their areas of notability.

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Beauty pageant winners[change | change source]

Athletics[change | change source]

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Soccer[change | change source]

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  • Zina Garrison (born 1963), tennis player
  • Cliff Richey (born 1946), tennis player, achieved world number-six ranking
  • Nancy Richey (born 1942), tennis player, won six major championships in singles and doubles, achieved world number-two ranking
  • Dick Savitt (born 1927), tennis player ranked number two in the world
  • Anne Smith (born 1959), tennis player, ten major championships in doubles, ranked world number one in doubles

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Scholars, educators, academicians[change | change source]

See also the listings on this page for individual areas of specialization (e.g., Literature, Science/medicine, Music)

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Infamous Texans[change | change source]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Robison, Joel Walter". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  2. "Fred J. Agnich Papers". lib.utexas.edu. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  3. Odie Arambula; et al. (March 20, 1997). "Former 'hands-on DA' Borchers dies in San Antonio hospital". Laredo Morning Times. Retrieved June 13, 2014. Explicit use of et al. in: |author= (help)
  4. "Craig Goldman's Biography". votesmart.com. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  5. "Legislative Reference Library of Texas: James C. Spencer". lrl.state.tx.us. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  6. "Tradition: St. Thomas High School". sths.org. Retrieved October 13, 2009.
  7. "Jerald Jackson Taylor". apnewsarchive.com. April 3, 1995. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  8. "Ruta Lee Biography".
  9. http://www.mp3.com/artist/dave-martin11/summary/
  10. "Faces in the Crowd". Sports Illustrated.com, October 22, 2007. Retrieved September 19, 2009.
  11. Louis San Miguel, "Well known Laredoan dies: Burial Mass set for St. Patrick's Church", Laredo Morning Times, August 6, 2014, pp. 1, 12A
  12. WILSON, JANE SPRAGGINS (June 12, 2010). "CROMWELL, CARL G." tshaonline.org.
  13. Valerie Godines Fitzgerald, "Historic Path: Judge Ender retires from post," Laredo Morning Times, December 31, 2012, pp. 1, 14A
  14. Ray A. Laird obituary, Kerrville Daily Times, Kerrville, Texas, October 7, 1986
  15. Mullin, Mark (2008). The Headmaster's Run. p. 16. ISBN 1578866545.
  16. "Jack O. Loftin, "Joseph Sterling Bridwell"". Texas State Historical Association online. Retrieved April 30, 2013.