Glen Maxey
American politician
Glen Maxey
Glen Maxey is an American politician from Austin, Texas, who was the first openly gay member of the Texas Legislature. Active in the fight for gay rights, Maxey was a central figure in the establishment of facilities for the education and care of HIV-infected individuals, especially the AIDS Services of Austin (ASA). In 2008, he was an unsuccessful candidate for Tax Assessor-Collector in Travis County, Texas.
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Texas Dems Tout Wendy Davis Filibuster To Register New Voters
Huffington Post - over 3 years
WASHINGTON -- While thousands of orange-clad demonstrators showed up at the south steps of the Texas state capitol in Austin Monday to renew their fight against a controversial anti-abortion bill supported by Gov. Rick Perry (R), a coalition of progressives was organizing for a more distant fight -- 2014. As the crowds cheered state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), whose 11-hour filibuster helped defeat the controversial bill that would severely cut access to abortions in the state, Democratic organizers set about signing up demonstrators to email lists, adding them to future grassroots projects, and, perhaps most importantly, registering them to vote. Organizers collected names and contact information until they ran out of paper and had to start using the backs of old sheets, said Tanene Allison, communications director for the Texas Democratic Party. They collected more than 5,000 names and contacts. "Yesterday was incredible," Allison said, adding that the organizers "see this ...
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Point Austin: Have You Been Screwed by Rick Perry? The governor's political ... - Austin Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
He first came to Austin's attention with a viciously gay-bashing attack on Glen Maxey, a strong supporter of former City Council candidate Margot Clarke in the 2005 election. "There are a LOT of things that George Herbert Walker Bush does not want you
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Once-Heralded Bipartisanship Fades in Texas House
NYTimes - about 15 years
A year after President-elect George W. Bush chose the Texas House of Representatives as the setting for his campaign victory speech -- saying it embodied the bipartisanship he hoped to bring to fractious Washington -- that chamber is awash in intrigue and infighting in the aftermath of political redistricting. The hard feelings emerged last month
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THE 2000 CAMPAIGN: RUNNING TEXAS; A Master of Bipartisanship With No Taste for Details
NYTimes - over 16 years
Gov. George W. Bush has written that ''by far the most profound'' decision he or any governor can make is whether to proceed with an execution. ''I get the facts, weigh them thoughtfully and carefully, and decide,'' Mr. Bush wrote in his autobiography. What he did not say is that he normally does this in 15 minutes. A review of Mr. Bush's daily
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THE 1994 ELECTION: HOMOSEXUALS; Gay Politicians Cite Gains Amid Losses
NYTimes - over 22 years
Although they lost several major allies and face a far more conservative and hostile Congress, lesbian and gay political leaders say that last week's election was not a repudiation by voters of the gay rights movement. "People are in mourning, as they well should be," said Sheila James Kuehl, speaking here at a three-day conference sponsored by the
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  • 2008
    Age 55
    He was beaten by a 74% to 26% margin in the March 2008 Democratic primary by incumbent Nelda Wells Spears.
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    In 2008, he was an unsuccessful candidate for Tax Assessor-Collector in Travis County, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details Maxey is the son of Byron Hale Maxey and Mary Ursula Ocker. His family ran a traveling rodeo. Maxey was educated at Sam Houston State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and Masters of Education from Sam Houston State University. Maxey taught fifth grade and worked as a reading and math specialist working with migrant students in Navasota, Texas.
  • 2007
    Age 54
    In the summer of 2007, Glen Maxey announced his candidacy for Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector.
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  • 2006
    Age 53
    Maxey was a candidate for the Chairmanship of the Texas Democratic Party in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, he served as statewide field director for the gubernatorial campaign of Democrat Chris Bell.
  • 2004
    Age 51
    Since retiring from office, he has worked as a lobbyist and public affairs adviser. He ran the Travis County Democratic Party's 2004 coordinated campaign and served as field director in the 2006 coordinated campaign effort.
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  • 2001
    Age 48
    Maxey was among many veteran House members who announced their retirement following the 2001 Legislative Session.
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  • 1991
    Age 38
    Serving from 1991 to 2003, Maxey passed hundreds of bills and substantive amendments and played a leading role in passing the Children's Health Insurance Program.
    More Details Hide Details During his six terms in the Texas House, Maxey served on committees including Appropriations, Public Health, Administration, Pensions and Investments, Cultural Affairs and Human Services. He has been the most prolific bill sponsor in the Texas House. During his last terms in that body, Maxey passed more legislation than any other single member of that body. During his tenure in the Texas House, Maxey was also a key player in the group of House members that helped elect Pete Laney Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives and reformed that body's rules. While passing hundreds of bills through the process, Maxey was also well known for his abilities to defeat bad legislation through use of the rules and parliamentary procedures. He was a founding member of the Texas Legislative Study Group, a membership organization of legislators who banded together to work on progressive legislative issues. He served as floor whip for the LSG members for four sessions.
    In 1991, Maxey was elected to the Texas House from the Austin seat held by Lena Guerrero, who had been appointed by Governor Ann Richards to the Texas Railroad Commission.
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  • 1987
    Age 34
    In 1987, Maxey left Mauzy's staff and became the first Executive Director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas.
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  • 1982
    Age 29
    In November 1982, Maxey joined the staff of Democratic State Senator Oscar Mauzy, who was Dean of the Texas Senate at the time, and became his Chief Legislative Aide.
    More Details Hide Details While on Mauzy's staff, Maxey was active in HIV/AIDS activism, and urged Mauzy to become involved in the case of a man suffering from HIV who had been threatened with quarantine by the Texas Board of Health. In 2001, Maxey discussed this watershed moment in HIV and AIDS awareness in an interview with the Austin Chronicle: As Maxey recalls the episode, "It was very early in the AIDS crisis, the disease wasn't very well understood, and the commissioner of health began talking about declaring HIV a 'quarantinable disease.' I was working with AIDS activists, and I went to Mauzy and asked him could we get involved. He answered, as he always did, 'Well, get something organized.' So we called committee hearings, and I contacted Dr. Mathilde Krim, at the time the foremost authority on AIDS and an advocate for patients. She came down here and testified against the quarantine."
  • 1981
    Age 28
    After the election, Maxey joined Caperton's staff in 1981 as a legislative aide.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, Maxey ran for an open House seat in College Station against House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Presnal in the Democratic primary, and later joined the campaign of Jim Hightower, who was then a candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner.
  • 1980
    Age 27
    While teaching school, Maxey continued to volunteer for local, state and federal campaigns. In 1980, while teaching in Navasota, Maxey joined the successful campaign of Kent Caperton, a candidate for the Texas State Senate.
    More Details Hide Details Caperton, a young Bryan attorney who was seeking to unseat the legendary "Bull of the Brazos," William T. "Bill" Moore. Moore had held the Senate seat centered around Bryan for thirty-two years before Caperton defeated him in the Democratic primary that year.
  • 1968
    Age 15
    Glen Maxey first entered politics in 1968 as a volunteer on the Texas Democratic Primary campaign of Senator Eugene McCarthy.
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  • 1952
    Born on February 23, 1952.
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