Walt Parker

Full Name: Walter Earl "Walt" Parker
Date of birth: July 23, 1917
Date of death: January 22, 2010

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 25 Jan 11, 1977 - Jan 5, 1978 65th (1) (2) (3) (4)   Democrat Denton / Denton   Denton
H 25 Jan 14, 1975 - Jan 11, 1977 64th (5)   Democrat Denton / Denton   Denton
H 25 Jan 9, 1973 - Jan 14, 1975 63rd   Democrat Denton / Denton   Denton
H 50 Jan 12, 1971 - Jan 9, 1973 62nd   Democrat Denton / Denton   Cooke, Denton
H 50 Jan 14, 1969 - Jan 12, 1971 61st   Democrat Denton / Denton   Cooke, Denton

(1) Walt Parker resignation letters dated 1/4/1978, effective 1/5/1978. Texas House of Representatives, Chief Clerk's Office.
(2) Proclamations, 1/5/1978 and 3/1/1978, ordering a special election in House District 25 on 2/18/1978, and second special election on 3/21/1978, to serve out the unexpired term of the Honorable Walter E. Parker. Governor Dolph Briscoe. January 5, 1978 March 1, 1978
(3) W. Tip Hall, Jr., in special runoff election 3/21/1978, sworn 3/29/1978, succeeded Walter E. Parker, resigned 1/5/1978. Hall's first session was 65th 2nd Called Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(4) Special election 2/18/1978, runoff 3/21/1978. Texas Secretary of State - Election Dates Including Special Elections, 1966-2001.
(5) Oath date not found in journal. Not present at organization of the House 1/15/1975. Granted leave of absence due to illness, 1/14/1975, p. 9, and subsequent days. Present for roll call vote on 2/10/1975, p. 422. Statement of vote on p. 287 indicates unable to vote on HB 421 due to recent surgery. House Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Selected Newspaper articles

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

Other Resources

Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislators

  • Named 'Honorable Mention'. Best and Worst Legislators 1973.


  • Photograph. Walt Parker, 65th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Walt Parker, 64th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Walt Parker, 63rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Walt Parker, 62nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Walt Parker, 61st Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

65th R.S. - 1977
Appropriations (Vice Chair) 
Funding Public Institutions of Higher Education, House Joint  
Long-term Care Alternatives  
64th R.S. - 1975
Appropriations (Vice Chair) 
Speaker's Financial Advisory Task Force  
63rd R.S. - 1973
Appropriations Subcommittee on Performance Evaluation and Review of State Programs  
Appropriations Subcommittee on State Aircraft Pooling (Chair) 
Appropriations Subcommittee on Utilization of Construction Funds (Chair) 
Appropriations Subcommittee on Utilization of State Owned Property  
Environmental Affairs (Vice Chair) 
Environmental Affairs Subcommittee on State Parks  
62nd R.S. - 1971
College Instruction and Curriculum (Chair) 
Commerce and Manufacturing (Vice Chair) 
Common Carriers  
Higher Education  
Mexican-American Rail Passenger Service  
Natural Resources  
No-Fault Automobile Insurance and Competitive Automobile Insurance Rate-Making  
Purchase of Perishable Commodities by State Institutions  
Rio Grande Water Study  
Water Development, Quality, and Conservation  
61st R.S. - 1969
Bexar County State Office Building  
Common Carriers  
Higher Education  
Highways and Roads  
Mass Transportation  
Texas-Mexico Friendship  

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