Dan Branch

Last updated
Dan H. Branch
Dan Branch.JPG
Member of the TexasHouseofRepresentatives
from the 108th district
In office
2003 January 13, 2015
Preceded by Kenn George
Succeeded by Morgan Meyer
Personal details
Born (1958-03-05) March 5, 1958 (age 61)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)Stacey Branch
ChildrenFive children
Residence Dallas, Texas
Alma mater Douglas MacArthur High School (San Antonio)
Oklahoma Christian University
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Georgetown University
Website www.danbranch.com

Dan H. Branch (born March 5, 1958) is a former member of the Texas House of Representatives from Dallas, Texas. First elected in 2002 as a Republican, he represented District 108 from 2003 to 2015. [1]

Texas House of Representatives

The Texas House of Representatives is the lower house of the bicameral Texas Legislature. It consists of 150 members who are elected from single-member districts for two-year terms. As of the 2010 Census, each member represents about 167,637 people. There are no term limits, with the most senior member, Tom Craddick, having been elected in 1968.

Republican Party (United States) Major political party in the United States

The Republican Party, also referred to as the GOP, is one of the two major political parties in the United States; the other is its historic rival, the Democratic Party.

Contents

On July 25, 2013, Branch officially announced his candidacy [2] for state attorney general in the 2014 Republican primary election.

Biography

Education

Branch is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University School of Law (now the Dedman School of Law), at which he was an editor of the law review. He is an alumnus of the Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and he holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Oklahoma Christian University, having graduated summa cum laude in 1980.[ citation needed ]

Southern Methodist University Private university in Dallas, Texas, United States

Southern Methodist University (SMU) is a private Methodist research university in University Park, Texas. SMU also operates satellite campuses in Plano, Texas and Taos, New Mexico.

SMU Dedman School of Law, commonly referred to as SMU Law School or Dedman School of Law is a professional graduate law school located in Dallas, Texas. It was founded in February 1925. SMU Law School is located on the campus of its parent institution, Southern Methodist University

Georgetown University Private university in Washington, D.C., United States

Georgetown University is a private research university in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Founded by Bishop John Carroll in 1789 as Georgetown College, the university has grown to comprise nine undergraduate and graduate schools, among which are the School of Foreign Service, School of Business, Medical School, and Law School. Located on a hill above the Potomac River, the school's main campus is identifiable by its flagship Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark.

Legislative tenure

Branch won the seat in 2002, when the incumbent Republican Kenn George stepped down after two terms to run unsuccessfully in the Republican primary for Texas land commissioner, losing to Jerry E. Patterson, then a state senator from Houston. The 2002 race was Branch's first for state office. He won ever election thereafter until 2014, when he ran for attorney general. [3]

Kenneth S. George II, known as Kenn George, is a self-employed businessman in Dallas, Texas, who served from 1999 to 2003 as a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 108, which covers the heart of Dallas County. He left the legislature in an unsuccessful bid for Texas land commissioner in the 2002 Republican primary election. He was defeated by then commissioner Jerry E. Patterson, a former state senator from Houston. On March 23, 2018, George was announced by President Trump as his nominee to be United States Ambassador to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. This nomination was submitted to the U.S. Senate for approval on April 9, 2018.

Jerry E. Patterson American politician

Jerry Emmett Patterson is the former Commissioner of the General Land Office of Texas and a former state senator. He was the second Republican since Reconstruction to serve as land commissioner, a post which he held from 2003 to 2015, serving three terms. He served from the Houston area in District 11 in the Texas Senate from 1993 to 1999.

Branch served as chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education from 2009 to 2014 and served on the Calendars, Elections and Redistricting Committees, as well as the House Select Committee on State Sovereignty. Branch also serves on the Legislative Budget Board. Prior to the 81st Session, he served three terms as the Chair of Budget and Oversight on House Public Education Committee and served as Vice Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.[ citation needed ]

In 2009, Branch was selected by Texas House members from eleven north Texas counties to co-chair the Dallas Area Legislative Delegation (DALD), at the delegation's first meeting of the 81st session. Branch replaced retired member Fred Hill (R-Richardson) as the Republican co-chair. [4] He was re-elected in 2011 to serve as co-chair. [5]

During the 81st legislative session, Branch was the author of House Bill 51, also known as the "Tier One Universities" Bill. The bill announced that seven so-called emerging research universities would compete for extra funding in hopes of joining the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University as nationally recognized research institutions. These seven schools include the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of Texas at El Paso, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Houston and Texas Tech University. After signing HB 51 into law, Governor Rick Perry said "[House Bill 51] will go down in the history books as one that truly is improving education in our state." [6]

Campaign for Texas Attorney General

On July 14, 2013, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced his intention to run for Governor of Texas in the 2014 Texas gubernatorial election. On July 25, 2013, Dan Branch officially announced his candidacy [7] in the 2014 election.

Shortly following the launch of his campaign, Branch received the endorsement of six of Attorney General Greg Abbott's top lieutenants, [8] including former Solicitor General James C. Ho. [9] Former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips and former Texas Supreme Court Justices Craig T. Enoch, Harriet O'Neill and former United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales endorsed Branch for attorney general.

A majority of the House Republican Caucus endorsed Branch in his bid for attorney general. [10] Shortly after his announcement of candidacy for attorney general, Branch reported more than $4 million on hand, [11] a considerably larger amount than that of his two opponents.

Non-legislative career

In addition to his service in the Legislature, Branch is a corporate lawyer and shareholder of Winstead PC. He is a former judicial clerk to Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jack Pope and a former aide to the late U.S. Senator John Tower. Branch is a member of the bars of Texas, New York and the District of Columbia.[ citation needed ]

Community involvement

Branch visits with neighbors in the Munger Place Historic District of Old East Dallas. Dan Branch, Munger Place Historic District, Dallas 2008.jpeg
Branch visits with neighbors in the Munger Place Historic District of Old East Dallas.

Branch is a member of the Mayor's Downtown Task Force in Dallas, a former president of The Dallas Assembly and a former Chairman of the Texas Public Finance Authority, appointed by Governor George W. Bush. In addition, he is the chairman of SMU's John Tower Center for Political Studies, named for the late Senator Tower, and serves on numerous boards, including The Fund for American Studies in Washington, D.C., the Boy Scouts of America/Circle Ten Council and the Southwestern Medical Foundation in Dallas.[ citation needed ]

In the fall of 2008, Branch joined Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa in leading "Operation Comeback", a statewide effort to stop 50,000 students a year from dropping out of high school. [12]

He sits on the board of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU. [13]

Family life

Branch and his wife, Stacey, have five children: Daniel, Spencer, Catherine, Charles, and Sarah. They have lived and worked in Dallas for almost three decades. [14]

Related Research Articles

Ralph Hall American politician, attorney

Ralph Moody Hall was an American politician who served as the United States Representative for Texas's 4th congressional district from 1981 to 2015. He was first elected in 1980, and was the chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology from 2011 to 2013. He was also a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. In 2004, he switched to the Republican Party after having been a member of the Democratic Party for more than 50 years.

Michael McCaul American politician

Michael Thomas McCaul Sr. is an American attorney and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 10th congressional district, since 2005. During 113th, 114th, and 115th Congresses, he served as Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Congressman McCaul is a member of the Republican Party. The district stretches from Austin to Houston. As of 2018 he is the fifth-wealthiest member of Congress.

Steven Wayne Smith, is a Republican former Texas Supreme Court associate justice, who was defeated for renomination in 2004 through the active opposition of then Governor Rick Perry. He was unseated by Paul W. Green. Smith again lost – very narrowly – a bid for nomination to the court in the March 7, 2006, GOP primary, when Perry again opposed his candidacy.

Greg Abbott 48th Governor of Texas

Gregory Wayne Abbott is an American attorney and politician who has served as the 48th governor of Texas since January 20, 2015. A Republican, Abbott previously served as the 50th attorney general of Texas from 2002 to 2015. He is the first governor of any U.S. state since George Wallace to permanently use a wheelchair.

Dan Patrick (politician) American politician and radio host

Dan Goeb Patrick is an American radio talk show host and politician. He is the 42nd and current lieutenant governor of Texas, serving since January 2015.

Joaquin Castro American politician from San Antonio, Texas; U.S. Representative from the 20th district of Texas

Joaquin Castro is an American Democratic politician who has served in the United States House of Representatives for Texas's 20th congressional district since 2013. The district includes just over half of his native San Antonio, Texas, as well as some of its nearby suburbs. From 2003 to 2013, Castro was a member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 125. While in the Texas state legislature, Castro served as vice-chair of the Higher Education Committee and was a member of the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee. He also previously served on other committees, such as County Affairs, Border & International Affairs, and Juvenile Justice & Family Issues.

Texas Attorney General attorney general for the U.S. state of Texas

The Texas Attorney General is the chief legal officer of the State of Texas. The current Attorney General Ken Paxton has served in this position since January 5, 2015.

David McAdams Sibley Sr. is a lobbyist and attorney in Austin and Waco, Texas, who served from 1991 to 2002 as a Republican member of the Texas State Senate. Previously, he was from 1987 to 1988 the mayor of Waco, then an unelected and still a nonpartisan position, as are all elected municipal offices in Texas.

Bryan Hughes is an American attorney and politician in Mineola, Texas, who is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate for District 1. He was elected to the Texas Senate in November 2016. Previously, Hughes was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 2003 through January 2017.

George Holding American lawyer

George Edward Bell Holding is an American politician who is the United States Representative for North Carolina's 2nd congressional district. He previously represented the 13th District from 2013 to 2017. He is a member of the Republican Party. His district stretches from just southwest of Raleigh to just east of Rocky Mount. He served as the United States Attorney for North Carolina's Eastern District from 2006 to 2011.

2014 Texas gubernatorial election

The 2014 Texas gubernatorial election was held on November 4, 2014 to elect the Governor of Texas. Incumbent Republican Governor Rick Perry, who had served since the resignation of then-Governor George W. Bush on December 21, 2000, declined to run for an unprecedented fourth full term, making this the first open election for governor since 1990.

Jason Villalba lawyer and Texas state legislator

Jason Villalba is an attorney with the firm Foley and Lardner LLP in his native Dallas, Texas, who is a Republican former member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 114 in Dallas County.

The 2014 general election was held in the U.S. state of Texas on November 4, 2014. All of Texas' executive officers were up for election as well as a United States Senate seat, and all of Texas' thirty-six seats in the United States House of Representatives. Primary elections were held on March 4, 2014. Primary runoffs, required if no candidate wins a majority of the vote, were held on May 27, 2014. Elections were also held for the Texas legislature and proposition 1, seeking funds for Texas highways.

Steve Toth Businessman and Texas state legislator

Steven Hixson Toth is an American businessman from The Woodlands, Texas, who represents District 15 as a Republican in the Texas House of Representatives. District 15 is based entirely in suburban Montgomery County, part of the Houston Metro area in the southeastern portion of the state.

Dustin Ray Burrows is an attorney and businessman in his native Lubbock, Texas, who is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 83 in West Texas, and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. The district includes a large portion of Lubbock County and all of Gaines, Borden, Scurry, Terry, Lynn and Mitchell Counties. On January 13, 2015, he succeeded Charles Perry, who won a special election in the summer of 2014 to the Texas State Senate.

Morgan Daniel Meyer is a lawyer with Wick Phillips in Dallas, Texas, who is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 108 in Dallas County. He succeeded the twelve-year House veteran Dan Branch, who ran unsuccessfully in the May 27, 2014 runoff election for Attorney General of Texas but was defeated by then State Senator Ken Paxton. Branch endorsed Meyer as his successor in the House runoff election that year.

Jared Ryker Woodfill V is an American attorney who from 2002 to 2014 was chairman of the Harris County Republican Party. He was elected chairman for six two-year terms. Woodfill was the longest serving and youngest ever elected as Harris County chairman. He is known for social and fiscal conservative positions. In 2015, he was named Houstonian of the Year by KRIV Fox 26. In 2015, Jared Woodfill became the spokesman for Campaign For Houston, the group that opposed former Houston Mayor Annise Parker's equal rights ordinance and prevailed, 61 to 39 percent among the electorate.

2018 Texas gubernatorial election

The 2018 Texas gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2018, to elect the Governor of Texas, concurrently with the election of Texas's Class I U.S. Senate seat, as well as other congressional, state and local elections throughout the United States and Texas. Incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott successfully won re-election to a second term in office defeating Democratic nominee Lupe Valdez, the former sheriff of Dallas County, and Libertarian nominee Mark Tippetts, a former member of the Lago Vista city council.

The 2018 general election was held in the U.S. state of Texas on November 6, 2018. All of Texas's executive officers were up for election as well as a United States Senate seat, and all of Texas's thirty-six seats in the United States House of Representatives. The Republican and Democratic Parties nominated their candidates by primaries held March 6, 2018. Convention Parties nominated their candidates at a series of conventions. County Conventions held March 17, 2018, District Conventions held March 24, 2018, and a State Convention held April 14, 2018. At the present time there is only one Convention Party in Texas, that is the Libertarian Party. Other parties may seek to achieve ballot access.

2019 Dallas mayoral election

On May 4, 2019, the city of Dallas, Texas, held an election to choose the next Mayor of Dallas. The election began as a nonpartisan blanket primary, no candidate took a majority of over 50% of the total vote so the two top vote-earners Eric Johnson and Scott Griggs advanced to a runoff election on June 8. Incumbent mayor Mike Rawlings was unable to run for reelection due to term limits. Dallas also concurrently elected all 14 members of its city council, and 3 of the 9 total members of the Dallas Independent School District. Johnson won the runoff with 55.61%.

References

  1. "Editorial: We recommend Branch in Texas House District 108" Retrieved on 2009-5-7.
  2. Official announcement of candidacy
  3. Texas Tribune Elected Officials Directory, "Elections Info" section. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  4. "Rep. Dan Branch for lieutenant governor in 2014?" Retrieved on 2011-10-25.
  5. " Retrieved on 2011-8-18.
  6. "Tier One university bill is signed, uniting old foes Retrieved on 2010-5-6.
  7. Rep. Dan Branch announces bid for Texas attorney general for Texas Attorney General
  8. Branch endorsed by half dozen former Abbott aides
  9. "Jim Ho". Archived from the original on 2013-11-09. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  10. Texas Rep. Dan Branch announces support from 53 House Republicans in bid for AG
  11. Fundraising Reports Offer Chance to Stand Out in Crowded Field
  12. "DISD Taking anti-dropout effort into ex-students' homes City and school officials visit youths as part of statewide drive" Retrieved on 2009-5-8.
  13. John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies Board of Directors Archived 2012-12-31 at the Wayback Machine
  14. "http://danbranch.com/branch_family.html" Retrieved on 2009-5-7.
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Kenn George
Texas State Representative
for District 108 (Dallas County)


Dan H. Branch
20032015

Succeeded by
Morgan Meyer