Joe Russell

Joe Neil Russell

Full Name: Joe Neil Russell
Date of birth: July 11, 1922
Date of death: May 7, 1980

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 9 Jan 13, 1953 - Jan 11, 1955 53rd (1)   Democrat Royse City / Rockwall   Collin, Cooke, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Rains, Rockwall
S 10 Jan 9, 1951 - Jan 13, 1953 52nd (2)   Democrat Royse City / Rockwall   Collin, Hunt, Rains, Rockwall

(1) 53rd Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/14/1953, pp. 16-17. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal.
(2) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1952 due to redistricting. Texas Constitution Art. III, ยง3, Election and term of office of Senators.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Selected Newspaper articles

Military Service Notes

  • United States Navy, World War II. Military grave marker, Joe Neil Russell, birth date 7/11/1922, death date 5/7/1980, burial in Royse City Cemetery, Rockwall County. Find a Grave.
  • United States Navy, World War II, Russell's "ship earned the Presidential Citation for gallantry and bravery for her action during the crucial battle of the Philippine Sea, during which he manned a five-inch gun." Photo and candidate advertisement, State Senator Joe Russell, 7/24/1952, p. 6. McKinney Daily Courier-Gazette.
  • United States Navy, World War II, volunteered in 1943, "after two years of South Pacific warfare Joe returned with six battle stars and a presidential unit citation." "Joe Russell in Race for Senate from District 10," 5/4/1950, p. 8. McKinney Daily Courier-Gazette.

Other Resources

  • Joe Neil Russell, birth date 7/11/1922 in Royse City, death date 5/7/1980 in Dallas. Age 19 at World War II draft registration on 6/30/1942 in Rockwall County, residence in Royse City, Rockwall County, relative Mrs. C.E. Russell, employer W.B. Bradfield in Garland, Texas. Listed in The Cactus yearbook for The University of Texas at Austin, 1942. U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947; Jones-Harvey Family Tree; U.S. School Yearbooks 1880-2012; Texas, U.S., Death Certificates, 1903-1982; U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010.
  • "New Royse City Senator Already Knows Capitol," 8/29/1950. "Russell used to be a Senate page. Next January, he will become the second youngest member of the Senate. He is twenty-eight." Dallas Morning News.
  • Joe Neil Russell, birth date 7/11/1922 in Royse City, Rockwall County, son of Charles Carl Russell and Willie Lou Orr. Census of 1930 and 1940 - Royse City, Rockwall County, born circa 1923 in Texas. FamilySearch. 1930 1940 Texas Births and Christenings, 1840-1981
  • 53rd Legislature (1953) - Joe Russell, postoffice Royse City, Rockwall County, nativity Texas, age 32 (born circa 1921), farmer and real estate, member of former legislatures: 52nd Senate. Texas Legislative Manual. 53rd Legislature


  • Photograph. Joe Russell, 53rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Joe Russell, 52nd Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

53rd R.S. - 1953
Banking (Chair) 
Committee of the Whole Senate  
Congressional Districts (Vice Chair) 
Military and Veterans' Affairs  
Public Debts, Claims and Accounts  
Public Health  
Public Lands and Land Office (Chair) 
State Highways and Motor Traffic  
State Penitentiaries  
52nd R.S. - 1951
Agricultural Affairs  
Educational Affairs  
Game and Fish  
Interstate Cooperation  
Military and Veterans' Affairs  
Poet Laureate Selection, Special  
Public Buildings and Grounds  
Public Lands and Land Office  
Public Printing (Chair) 
Senatorial Districts  

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