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 Born on February 27, 1948.


1970 22 Years Old Merritt is a native East Texan born in Kilgore. After graduating from high school, he attended Kilgore College and then graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. … Read More
1971 23 Years Old From 1971 to 1974, Merritt worked as an inspector for the United States Postal Service.
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 more than 62 percent of the vote.


2003 55 Years Old 1 More Event
Merritt also co-authored bills to keep the state from recognizing same-sex civil unions in 2003. 2001, 1999, and 1997. … Read More
2005 57 Years Old Merritt strongly opposed same-sex marriage. In 2005, he co-authored the state constitutional amendment that defined marriage as a union of one man and one woman.
2007 59 Years Old In 2007, Merritt co-authored legislation to include the phrase "Under God" in the Texas Pledge of Allegiance … Read More


In 2009, Merritt co-authored legislation to limit growth in state spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation. … Read More
2010 62 Years Old In March 2010, Merritt lost the Republican nomination for District 7 to David Simpson, former mayor of Avinger. … Read More
2012 64 Years Old Meanwhile, Simpson, who beat back Merritt's attempt in 2012 to return to the House, was a candidate in Januaruy 2013 for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives against Joe Straus of San Antionio, whom Merritt had supported in 2009, when Straus ousted the previous Republican speaker, Tom Craddick of Midland.
2014 66 Years Old Seeking another political comeback, Merritt finished second in the March 4, 2014 Republican primary for the statewide position of Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. … Read More
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