Featured Voice of the Texas GOP: Warren Chisum
by TexasGOPVote on August 9, 2011 at 4:34 PM
Warren Darrel Chisum (born July 4, 1938) is a conservative Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from the Panhandle city of Pampa, a community of some 20,000 people and the seat of Gray County. He represents the 88th House District of Texas. He has served in the state House since 1989. A key lieutenant of former Speaker Thomas Russell "Tom" Craddick, Sr., of Midland, Chisum chaired the budget-writing House Appropriations Committee from 2007-2009.
In addition to his own Gray County, Chisum represents a huge geographic area of eighteen other Panhandle or West Texas counties in House District 88: Armstrong, Bailey, Briscoe, Castro, Childress, Collingsworth, Donley, Hall, Hansford, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lamb, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Parmer, Roberts, Swisher, and Wheeler.
Pampa native Chisum is an oil and natural gas producer and rancher. He began his career on oil drilling rigs and in truck yards.
Chisum served the first eight years of his House tenure as a Democrat, but he switched to GOP allegiance in 1996, when his district became measurably more Republican in orientation after redistricting. Chisum said that his relationship with the Democratic Party—and fellow Panhandle resident, then Speaker Laney—remains as cordial as it has ever been: "They were my friends then, and they are my friends now. I think probably the old-line conservative Democrat was just as conservative as some of the new conservative Republicans."
Chisum is a member of the Texas Conservative Coalition, a consortium of right-leaning House members. He headed the organization for a number of years.
"We're not about not being able to comply. Our issue is that the EPA keeps moving the goal… We're all for clean water, we're for clean air, we're for doing the right thing for the people of Texas, but we also know that we have to have jobs and automobiles and airplanes and those things to make Texas work because we produce more than any other state."
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