Tommy Merritt

Texas House of Representatives
Born Feb 27, 1948

Thomas Charles "Tommy" Merritt is a former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives. Merritt represented District 7 from January 1997 until January 2011. In March 2010, he lost the Republican nomination to David Simpson. On May 29, 2012, Merritt failed in a bid to reclaim the Republican House nomination from Simpson.… Read More

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1948 Birth Merritt is a native East Texan born in Kilgore on February 27, 1948.


1970 22 Years Old After graduating from high school, he attended Kilgore College and then graduated from the Texas Christian University in Fort Worth in 1970 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. … Read More
1971 23 Years Old From 1971 to 1974, Merritt worked for the United States Postal Service as an inspector.
1976 28 Years Old In 1976, he founded Gregg Industrial Insulators, Inc.. … Read More


1986 38 Years Old From 1986 to 1993 Merritt served as one of the directors of the Gregg County Appraisal Board, which led to his appointment by Governor Bill Clements to the Sabine River Authority in 1990.


1996 48 Years Old 1 More Event
After Republican Jerry Yost decided not to run for reelection in 1996, Merritt entered the Republican primary and won over 62 percent of the vote.


2008 60 Years Old In November 2008, Merritt announced his candidacy for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives against fellow Republican Tom Craddick of Midland. … Read More
2010 62 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In March 2010, he lost the Republican nomination to David Simpson.
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