Featured Voice of the Texas GOP: Todd Hunter
by TexasGOPVote on July 14, 2011 at 9:54 AM
Todd Hunter represents the 32nd House District of Texas. In 2010, Todd Hunter was elected to his sixth term in the Texas House of Representative serving District 32. He was first elected to public office in 1988 and retired from public service in 1997 so that he could help raise his three young children with his wife Alexis. In 2008, Todd was elected as a Republican representing District 32 composed of Aransas, Calhoun, San Patricio and part of Nueces County. He is currently the senior partner of Hunter and Handel, P.C. in Corpus Christi.
At the start of his sixth term, during the 82nd Legislative Session, the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Joe Straus, named Hunter as Chairman of the Calendars Committee. As Chairman, Hunter will lead the committee designated to determine when and how legislation will be considered by Texas House members. Hunter was also named as a member of the Redistricting, Corrections, General Investigating and Ethics and Human Services committee. He will continue to serve as chair of the Select Committee on Elections.
During the 81st Legislative Session, Hunter served as Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence. As Chairman, he oversaw a committee that has broad jurisdiction over legislation pertaining to civil law, probate, and guardianship matters. It also has jurisdiction over all appellate courts in the state, including the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Hunter also served on the Insurance and the General Investigating and Ethics Committees. Hunter was also named to the House Select Committee on Transportation Funding and jointly held hearings with the Committee on Redistricting held throughout the state.
During his previous tenure in the legislature, Hunter served as Chairman of the House Committee on Civil Practices and was a key player in important issues, such as tort reform and education. He served on numerous other important House committees, including the Ways and Means, Elections, Local and Consent Calendars, Urban Affairs and Higher Education committees. Additionally, Todd served on the powerful Appropriations Committee for two terms and was namedChairman of the Subcommittee on Education and Vice Chair of the State Affairs Committee.
Hunter was known as a key player in the successful effort to pass tort reform. He was also instrumental in passing legislation that made Texas A&M University Corpus Christi a four-year university and fought for better funding to build the university. He co-sponsored the Tuition Revenue Bond Bill and passed legislation to give statutory existence to the Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network (TCOON), and authored a bill to help coastal ports and waterways. He is the author of the bill creating a Distance Learning Master Plan for colleges and universities in Texas. He sponsored a bill protecting the privacy of boat and outboard motor owners requiring written, rather than oral, request for information from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Always interested in bringing affordable and more available insurance to his legislative district, . Hunter passed windstorm insurance reform legislation in 1991 and 1993 and slab foundation reform legislation in 1995. He passed legislation allowing Gulf Coast counties to use part of the hotel-motel tax it generates for tourism promotion efforts and was responsible for a law that transferred the state beach cleaning funds to the General Land Office.
Additional awards for his efforts during the 81st Legislative Session include the James Madison Award presented by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas for his work on the “Free Flow of Information Act”, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.’s Free Enterprise Champion Award, Texas Medical Association’s Friend of Medicine Award, Texas Civil Justice League’s Jobs for Texas Award, TLR’s Civil Justice Leadership Award, Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas’ “Best of the House” Legislative honors, and the Central Texas Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse’s Champion award.
Born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1953, Hunter earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in 1975 and his J.D. from Southern Methodist University in 1978 . He has lived in the Corpus Christi area for over 30 years where he met and married his wife, the former Alexis Taylor. They have three children: Todd Jr., a graduate of Texas A&M University – College Station who is attending law school at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio; Michael, a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio who is attending graduate school at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; and Christina, who is attending the University of Texas-Austin.
"In Nueces County, there's a big growing trend, Republicans and Hispanic involvement, and I have ben very active in trying to reach out because the largest growing population in the state of Texas is the Hispanic population." - Todd Hunter
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