Kenn George

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Kenneth S. "Kenn" George
United States Ambassador to Uruguay
Assuming office
Succeeding Kelly Keiderling
Member of the TexasHouseofRepresentatives
from the 108th district
In office
Preceded by Carolyn Galloway
Succeeded by Dan Branch
Personal details
Born (1948-06-25) June 25, 1948 (age 70)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)Tricia Mast George (married 1975)
ChildrenFour children
Residence Dallas, Texas
Alma mater Washington and Lee University University of Texas at Austin
Occupation Businessman/investor

Kenneth S. George II, known as Kenn George (born June 25, 1948), is a self-employed businessman in Dallas, Texas, who served from 1999-2003 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 current commissioner Jerry E. Patterson, a former state senator from Houston. [1] 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. [2]

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Texas House of Representatives

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From 1981-1985, George was an assistant secretary of commerce, under Malcolm Baldrige, Jr., during the first term of U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan. In this capacity, George was involved in the formulation of the Caribbean Basin Initiative. [3] and the specific stabilization of the Caribbean island of Grenada after its liberation in 1983 from a leftist regime backed by Fidel Castro. [1] The CBI, since overshadowed by the North American Free Trade Agreement, was an unprecedented package of trade, assistance, and tax incentives for United States and Caribbean businesses. In the additional role as the Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, George chaired an inter-agency committee which oversees the operations of the CBI. [3]

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Grenada country in the Caribbean

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Native Texan George attended San Jacinto Junior High School in Midland with George W. Bush, who is two years Kenn George's senior. In 1970, George graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the student body president of the graduate business school. Like Bush, George is a veteran of the Texas National Guard. [4] He and his wife, Tricia, have four children. [1]

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George is a former president of Olix Industries, a publicly traded energy company. He co-founded Epic Healthcare Group, a $1.4 billion corporation with nearly 15,000 employees operating in 37 hospitals in 30 states. George is also a former executive with Trammell Crow real estate development in Dallas and a third-generation rancher. [1]

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Political career

In 1998, George unseated incumbent Republican State Representative Carolyn Galloway in the party primary, 6,063 votes (56.4 percent) to 4,867 (43.6 percent). He was then unopposed in the general election, having won 27,220 votes. Four years later in the two-man land commissioner's race, George trailed with 252,802 votes (43.5 percent) to Patterson's 328,523 (56.5 percent). George was succeeded in the House by Republican attorney Dan Branch. [5]

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Dan Branch American politician

Dan H. Branch 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.

As a state lawmaker, George sided with conservatives in seeking lower taxes, local control over education, and an improved business climate. He also advocated improved health care for senior citizens. The Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce cited George with a "100 percent pro-business voting record. He has also been honored by Right to Life in Austin, the American Cancer Society, and the Texas Transplant Society. George wrote the House bill establishing the Umbilical Cord Blood Bank, which provides medical researchers an ethical alternative to stem cell research. [1]

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George's Republican credentials began in 1964, when as a sixteen-year-old he volunteered in Midland to work in the unsuccessful Barry M. Goldwater presidential bid. He was an early supporter of George W. Bush, having been part of the unsuccessful congressional race in 1978 against then Democrat and later Republican Kent Hance, the chancellor of Texas Tech University. He was also the Midland County Republican finance chairman at the time. He was thereafter the Texas GOP state finance chairman from 1980-1981. Over the years, George worked in campaigns of former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, U.S. Representatives Pete Sessions and Jeb Hensarling, Texas Governor Rick Perry, and unsuccessful 1990 candidates Jack Rains, who contested the gubernatorial nomination against Kent Hance and Clayton W. Williams, Jr., and Robert Mosbacher, Jr., the Houston businessman who challenged Democrat Bob Bullock for lieutenant governor that same year. [6]

After his legislative service, George became self-employed in Dallas in investments. In 2002, he joined the board of directors of the interest group, Citizens for a Sound Economy. [4] He remains a large Republican donor, having contributed to Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and Rudy Giuliani in the 2008 presidential primaries. [7] As the chairman of the Dallas County Republican Party, George and then state Representative Tony Goolsby of House District 102 were sued for libel in 2007 in the 192nd Texas District Court in Dallas by Goolsby's former Democratic legislative opponent, Harriet Miller. The suit contends that George and Goolsby filed a false voter complaint against Miller with the Dallas County district attorney. Miller then claimed that the complaint was used in 2006 to attack her campaign and to suppress African-American voter turnout. [8]

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Preceded by
Carolyn Galloway
Texas State Representative from District 108 (Dallas County)

Kenneth S. "Kenn" George, II

Succeeded by
Dan Branch