Tommy Merritt
Texas State Representative
Tommy Merritt
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.
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Let the games begin: Dewhurst, Patterson announce election plans - Dallas Morning News (subscription) (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
And Comptroller Susan Combs, who's been occupied in recent months containing a data-breach scandal in her office, is monitoring the situation to see if she might be in position to make the race. And look for former state Rep. Tommy Merritt of Longview
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Simpson's Crusade Against Government is a Lonely One - Texas Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
A self-defined Jeffersonian Constitutionalist, Simpson attributes his victory in a “David and Goliath-like battle,” against seven-term incumbent Republican Tommy Merritt to his encyclopedic knowledge of the Constitution. “Civil government really should
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Hon. Tommy Merritt - Kilgore News Herald
Google News - over 5 years
I applaud members of the Legislature for passing a real voter identification bill very much like the one I fought for during my last session in office. When this session opened I was worried that the debate would deteriorate much like it did last time
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Del Mar Heights fights injustice through the art of butterfly making - Del Mar Times
Google News - over 5 years
Del Mar Heights sixth-graders — clockwise from bottom left, Sherrie Antoun, Caitlin Puglisi, Jaspreet Missan, Gokce Boz, Elane Moon and Tommy Merritt — paint butterflies. By Marsha Sutton Butterflies are about to emerge at Del Mar Heights Elementary
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Pro-'loser-pays' ads hit airwaves - The Lone Star Report
Google News - almost 6 years
Tommy Merritt (R-Longview) when he ran for the Texas Senate. But it has also attacked and targeted conservatives. The PAC targeted State Board of Education member Bob Offutt (R-San Antonio) with accusations about his policies that were -- at best
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Memorial Day ceremony set to honor Kilgore's fallen heroes - Kilgore News Herald
Google News - almost 6 years
Former State representative Tommy Merritt and Kilgore Mayor Ronnie Spradlin are slated to speak at the event. Mitzi Hartfiel will perform three songs and Angela Burch, with the Kilgore Police Department, will play Taps
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Texas Legislation Adds A Bah! to Sis and Boom
NYTimes - almost 12 years
Bump. Grind. Flesh. Wait a second. Texas, the home of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, the National Cheerleaders Association and the Herkie jump (more on that later), may have put modern cheerleading on the map. But the Texas House of Representatives, concerned that high school cheerleading is becoming too raunchy, has approved a bill that would
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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: A CITY IN WAITING; Republicans in Texas Count Chickens in Glee
NYTimes - over 16 years
Bill Miller is a lobbyist and political strategist who manages to keep a finger in just about every pie in this capital city. So in the last days of the presidential race, he has done some informal polling, whether chatting up his barber or his dentist, or gauging the buzz of the political and lobbying class. ''My buzz hasn't changed,'' Mr. Miller
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tommy Merritt
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 66
    Seeking another political comeback, Merritt finished second in the March 4, 2014 Republican primary for the statewide position of Texas Commissioner of Agriculture.
    More Details Hide Details He polled 248,568 (21 percent) of the ballots cast. In the runoff election on May 27, Merritt was defeated by a former House colleague, Sid Miller of Stephenville, 362,573 votes (53.1 percent) to 320,434 (46.9 percent).In the primary, Miller had also led Merritt, 35 to 21 percent. The three eliminated candidates, Eric Opiela of Karnes City, Joe Cotten of Frisco, and Mayor J. Allen Carnes of Uvalde, held a combined 44 percent of the primary ballots, critical to the outcome of the runoff contest in which turnout dropped sharply.
  • 2012
    Age 64
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 62
    In March 2010, Merritt lost the Republican nomination for District 7 to David Simpson, former mayor of Avinger.
    More Details Hide Details Simpson received 53 percent of the primary vote and was then unopposed in the general election.
  • 2009
    Age 61
    In 2009, Merritt co-authored legislation to reform the state's franchise tax, exempting more small businesses.
    More Details Hide Details Merritt also authored or co-authored numerous bills to overturn and subsequently prohibit inheritance taxes in Texas in 2005 and 2003. Merritt also authored the bill establishing the first Texas Legislative Medal of Honor in this history of the state. In November 2008, Merritt announced his candidacy for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. After a meeting, ten Republicans running for Speaker had decided on Joe Straus as the Republican candidate. Merritt stated he was willing to end his own candidacy to support Straus, who won a unanimous vote for Speaker.
    In 2009, he again authored legislation to reform property tax appraisals and proposed a constitutional amendment to cap property appraisal increases at the rate of inflation.
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    In 2009, Merritt co-authored legislation to limit growth in state spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he co-authored a proposed constitutional amendment requiring a 2/3 vote of both houses of the Legislature to raise taxes. Real property tax reform was another of Merritt's priorities in the Texas House. In 1999, he authored a proposed constitutional amendment to cap property taxes. In 2005 he authored both a bill and a proposed constitutional amendment to bring property tax relief to Texans.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 59
    In 2007, Merritt co-authored legislation to include the phrase "Under God" in the Texas Pledge of Allegiance
    More Details Hide Details Merritt also had a strong record of fighting for lower spending and lower taxes.
  • 2005
    Age 57
    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 55
    In 2003, Merritt co-authored legislation requiring Texas students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance as well as a bill to guarantee a daily moment of silence in Texas public schools.
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    Merritt also co-authored bills to keep the state from recognizing same-sex civil unions in 2003. 2001, 1999, and 1997.
    More Details Hide Details While a member of the Texas House, Merritt also strongly opposed abortion, co-authoring bills to issue Choose Life license plates in 2009, to institute legal penalties for harm to a fetus in 2003, to ban human cloning in 2007, and to require parental consent for minors to obtain abortions in 2005. 1999, and 1997.
  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 48
    Merritt went on to win a seat in the Texas House of Representatives after being unopposed in the 1996 general election; in 2008 he was elected to a seventh term.
    More Details Hide Details Tommy Merritt co-authored the bill which added "Under God" to the Texas Pledge. Merritt served on numerous committees in the House: Throughout his tenure in the House, Merritt built a solid conservative record on issues including opposition to gun control, same-sex marriage, and abortion, as well as lower government spending and taxes. In 2009, Merritt authored "campus carry" legislation allowing concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons on college campuses, while in 2007, Merritt authored legislation waiving or reducing concealed license handgun fees for military members and veterans.
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 38
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 28
    In 1976, he founded Gregg Industrial Insulators, Inc.
    More Details Hide Details It was admitted to the OSHA, Voluntary Protection Program, http://www.osha.gov/dcsp/vpp/sitebynaics.html and is a multi-million dollar company which employs more than five hundred workers.
  • 1971
    Age 23
    From 1971 to 1974, Merritt worked as an inspector for the United States Postal Service.
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  • 1970
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He and his wife, Janet, have three children, Missy, Meredith, and Thomas. Tommy Merritt is a devout Christian and member of Kilgore First Baptist Church, the Businessmen's Bible Club at the First Baptist Church in Longview, and he also attends the BarNone Cowboy Church in Tatum, Texas.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Age 0
    Born on February 27, 1948.
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