John H. Whitmire

Senator from the 15th District at Texas State Senate

John H. Whitmire

John H. Whitmire

Senator from the 15th District at Texas State Senate

Biography

John Whitmire /
Education: University of Houston, B.A.; Bates College of Law, University of Houston /
Legislative Experience: House Member, 1973 - 1982; Senate Member, 1983 - present /
Hometown: Houston /
Party: Democrat /

Senator John Whitmire represents the 15th Senatorial District comprised of north Houston and parts of Harris County. He was elected to the Texas Senate in 1982 after serving 10 years in the Texas House of Representatives. With over 27 years of service in the Texas Senate, Senator Whitmire ranks first in seniority and is the "Dean of the Texas Senate."

Senator Whitmire serves as Chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and works to bring about needed changes to the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems. He is also a member of the Senate Government Organization Committee and the Senate Administration Committee. In addition, he serves as a member of the Senate Finance Committee where he is committed to finding appropriate solutions for funding the state's many agencies and programs.

Since 1996, Senator Whitmire has served on the Pension Review Board which oversees all Texas public retirement systems. Senator Whitmire is also a member of the Texas Sunset Commission which is responsible for reviewing state agencies to identify and eliminate waste, duplication, and inefficiency in state government.

Originally from Hillsboro, Texas, Senator Whitmire moved to Houston where he graduated from Waltrip High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Houston and attended the Bates College of Law. He was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1981 and is attorney of counsel to the law firm Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP. Senator Whitmire has two daughters, Whitney and Sarah Whitmire.

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Birthday

08/13/1949

Age

71

Number of Awards

1

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John H. Whitmire
Senator from the 15th District at Texas State Senate
Education
JD

The University of Houston Law Center combines excellence and diversity. Its location in Houston, the fourth largest city in the U.S., gives students and graduates access to one of the world's largest legal markets. The city is also home to the world’s largest health care and medical complex and recognized as the energy capital of the world with multiple Fortune 500 companies headquartered here.

BA

University of Houston System offers higher education degrees and job training or vocational study programs. It offers about 280 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in fields such as business, education, humanities and law. It was founded in 1927 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

Career History
Senator from the 15th District
1983 - Current
Of Counsel
Current

Locke Lord is a full-service, international law firm of 20 offices designed to meet clients’ needs around the world. The Firm has a history that spans more than 130 years and is a worldwide leader in the middle market sector. Locke Lord advises clients across a broad spectrum of industries including energy, financial services, fund formation, health care, insurance and reinsurance, private equity and venture capital, public finance, real estate, and technology, media and telecommunications, while providing a wealth of experience through its complex litigation, intellectual property, tax, regulatory and transactional teams.

Boards & Committees
Director
Tenure Unconfirmed

UHAA IS A GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF ALUMNI AND FRIENDS COMMITTED TO AND SHARING PRIDE IN THE GROWTH AND SUPPORT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON AS A PREMIER INSTITUTION. OUR COMMITMENT AND PRIDE ARE DEMONSTRATED THROUGH ACTIVE PARTICIPATION, LEADERSHIP, AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

Political Donations
$5,000
2006

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Admitted to the Texas Bar
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