Frank M. Tejeda

Frank Tejeda

Full Name: Frank Mariano Tejeda, Jr.
Date of birth: October 2, 1945
Date of death: January 30, 1997

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 19 Jan 8, 1991 - Jan 12, 1993 72nd (1)   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar
S 19 Jan 13, 1987 - Jan 10, 1991 70th   71st   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar
H 118 Jan 8, 1985 - Jan 13, 1987 69th   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar
H 118 Jan 11, 1983 - Jan 8, 1985 68th   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar
H 57-B Jan 13, 1981 - Jan 11, 1983 67th   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar
H 57-B Jan 9, 1979 - Jan 13, 1981 66th   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar
H 57-B Jan 11, 1977 - Jan 9, 1979 65th   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar

(1) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1992 due to redistricting. Texas Constitution Art. III, ยง3, Election and term of office of Senators.

Terms of Service top

Senate District 19
Jan 8, 1991 - Jan 12, 1993
Legislatures: 72nd (1)  
Party: Democrat
Home City/County: San Antonio / Bexar
Counties in district: Bexar
Senate District 19
Jan 13, 1987 - Jan 10, 1991
Legislatures: 70th   71st  
Party: Democrat
Home City/County: San Antonio / Bexar
Counties in district: Bexar
House District 118
Jan 8, 1985 - Jan 13, 1987
Legislatures: 69th  
Party: Democrat
Home City/County: San Antonio / Bexar
Counties in district: Bexar
House District 118
Jan 11, 1983 - Jan 8, 1985
Legislatures: 68th  
Party: Democrat
Home City/County: San Antonio / Bexar
Counties in district: Bexar
House District 57-B
Jan 13, 1981 - Jan 11, 1983
Legislatures: 67th  
Party: Democrat
Home City/County: San Antonio / Bexar
Counties in district: Bexar
House District 57-B
Jan 9, 1979 - Jan 13, 1981
Legislatures: 66th  
Party: Democrat
Home City/County: San Antonio / Bexar
Counties in district: Bexar
House District 57-B
Jan 11, 1977 - Jan 9, 1979
Legislatures: 65th  
Party: Democrat
Home City/County: San Antonio / Bexar
Counties in district: Bexar

(1) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1992 due to redistricting. Texas Constitution Art. III, ยง3, Election and term of office of Senators.

Biographical Information top

Selected newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • Remembrance of military service by Ambassador Chase Untermeyer in Veterans Day newsletter, No. 68, 11/11/2022. The Capitol Post.
  • United States Marine Corps, Major, Vietnam, Silver Star, Purple Heart, U.S. Congressman. Military grave marker, Frank M. Tejeda Jr., birth date 10/2/1945, death date 1/30/1997, burial in Fort Sam Houston Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County. Find a Grave. Find a Grave
  • United States Marine Corps, Sergeant, Vietnam War; United States Marine Corps Reserve, Major. Awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Silver Star. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • United States Marine Corps. "WHEREAS, At the age of 17, this patriotic Texan joined the United States Marine Corps and gained rank quickly, first becoming the youngest Marine corporal in the corps and later the youngest staff sergeant; while serving in Vietnam in 1965, he led his squad across 75 yards of open space in an attack against a Viet Cong sniper station outside of Da Nang in an action that would earn him a bronze star; and WHEREAS, Wounded in action the following year, Congressman Tejeda returned to the states and resumed his education, but his commitment to the Marines continued through his service in its reserve corps; he would later attend the Marine Reserve Officers Candidate School at Camp Quantico, and while pursuing his studies there, he broke all records, receiving a near perfect 98.08 combined evaluation score for academics, physical skills, and leadership." 75th Legislature, R.S., SCR 12. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • United States Marine Corps. "WHEREAS, Frank Tejeda began his life of public service by joining the United States Marine Corps, serving honorably and with distinction, earning the Bronze Star, with "V" for valor, and earning the Purple Heart as a result of wounds suffered in Vietnam; his gallant action in the face of enemy fire while attempting to save the life of a wounded fellow marine earned him the Silver Star; and WHEREAS, Frank Tejeda distinguished himself by earning an overall score of 99.06 at the United States Marine Reserve Officer Candidate School and earning the coveted Commandant's Trophy for the record score that stands to this date." 75th Legislature, R.S., HR 288. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • United States Marine Corps; Texas National Guard, Captain. "He was wounded in action while serving with the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam. Senator Tejeda serves as a Captain in the Texas National Guard." Texas Senate, 72nd Legislature, 1991.
  • United States Marine Corps, Marine Reserve Corps. Photo and salute. With Honor and Gratitude: A Special Thank You to Our Texas Senate Members Who Served Our Country, 2017.

Other Resources

  • Mentioned in TEJANO POLITICS. Listed among the Tejanos who served in the Texas House and Senate. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Aaron M. Boyce, "In Recognition of Frank Tejeda: A Quiet Warrior." Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 1997, pp. 1-9. Hispanic Law Journal.

Photographs

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

72nd R.S. - 1991
Committee of the Whole on Redistricting, Special  
Committee of the Whole on Redistricting, Special, Subcommittee on Congressional Districts (Vice Chair) 
Criminal Justice  
Finance  
Intergovernmental Relations  
Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee on Urban Affairs (Chair) 
71st R.S. - 1989
Committee of the Whole Senate  
Creation and Expansion of Minority and Women-Owned Business Ownership Opportunities, Special Advisory  
Criminal Justice  
Edwards Aquifer, Special  
Health and Human Services  
Health and Human Services Subcommittee on Health Services  
Intergovernmental Relations  
Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee on Urban Affairs  
Judicial Selection (Co-Chair) 
Legislative Redistricting, Select  
State and Local Drug Control, Task Force on  
70th R.S. - 1987
Affordable Housing, Task Force on  
Child Support, Interim  
Committee of the Whole Senate  
Higher Education in South Texas  
Intergovernmental Relations  
Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee on Urban Affairs  
Judiciary, Select, Interim (Vice Chair) 
Jurisprudence  
Juvenile Justice System, Select  
Natural Resources  
Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water  
Protective Orders and State Employee Pension Plans  
Texas Veterans Memorial  
Workers Compensation, Select  
69th R.S. - 1985
General Investigating  
Judicial Affairs (Chair) 
Judicial Affairs Subcommittee on Budget and Oversight  
Transportation  
68th R.S. - 1983
Ethics  
Judicial Affairs (Chair) 
Judicial Affairs Subcommittee on Budget and Oversight  
Liquor Regulation  
67th R.S. - 1981
Judicial Selection, Select  
Liquor Regulation  
Rail Passenger Service in Texas, House Joint (Vice Chair) 
Rules  
Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Special  
Transportation (Chair - Budget & Oversight) 
Transportation Subcommittee on Budget and Oversight (Chair) 
66th R.S. - 1979
Intergovernmental Affairs  
Liquor Regulation (Vice Chair) 
Rules  
Urban Needs, House Joint  
65th R.S. - 1977
Intergovernmental Affairs  
Intergovernmental Affairs Subcommittee on Local Government  
Intergovernmental Affairs Subcommittee on Urban Affairs  
Minority Business Enterprises, Select  
Transportation  
Transportation Subcommittee on Air and Water Transportation  

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