Family: Wife: Claudia; 1 Child: W. Joseph
Born: 12/03/1951 Beaumont, TX
Home: Beaumont, Texas
Education: JD, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall Law Center, 1978 BS, Political Science, Lamar University, 1974
Profession: Attorney Businessman Technical Sergeant, United States Air Force Reserves
Political: Representative, Texas State House of Representatives, 1999-present At-Large/Ward 3, Beaumont City Council.
Congressional Membership: Chairman, Budget and Oversight, Committee on Elections, 2003 Vice Chairman, Committee on Local and Consent Calendars, 2003 Member, Select Committee on State Health Care Expenditures, 2003 Chairman, Texas Legislative Black Caucus, 2001-2003 Ex-Officio Member, Texas Spindletop Centennial Commission, 1999 Member, State Job Training Coordinating Council, 1986 Vice President, Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission, 1984, 1986 Member, Task Force on Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee
Organization Membership: Board of Directors, Southeast Texas Food Bank, 2006 Board of Directors, IEA "Ben's Kids," Youth Intervention Program, 2004-present Board Member, Communities in Schools, 2002-2003 Member, American Legislative Exchange Council, 1999-present Member, National Conference of State Legislators, 1999-present Vice-President, Administration and Legal Counsel of Lamar University-Beaumont Member, Agriculture Law Committee, State Bar of Texas Member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Board of Advisors, Baptist Hospital System Member, Conference Planning Committee, National Association of College and University Attorneys Distinguished Graduate, Department of Elementary Schools Board of Directors, Jefferson County Bar Association Board of Directors, Jefferson County Red Cross Board of Directors, Jefferson County 100 Club Legal Counsel/Board of Directors, Knights of Saint Peter Claver Board of Regents, Lamar University School Board President, Monsignor Kelly High School Life Member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Member, National Home Builders Association Member, National Organization on Legal Problems of Education Parishioner, Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church Former Member, Our Mother of Mercy Parish Council Former School Board President, Our Mother of Mercy School Member, Texas Association of Trial Lawyers
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