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Allan Shivers Allan Shivers
Full Name: Robert Allan "Allan" Shivers
Date of birth: October 5, 1907
Date of death: January 14, 1985

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 4 Jan 12, 1943 - Jan 14, 1947 49th (1)   48th (2)   Democrat Port Arthur / Jefferson Dean of the Senate. (49th)   Hardin, Jefferson, Liberty, Orange
S 4 Jan 10, 1939 - Jan 12, 1943 47th (3) (4) (5) (6)   46th (7)   Democrat Port Arthur / Jefferson   Hardin, Jefferson, Liberty, Orange
S 4 Jan 8, 1935 - Jan 10, 1939 45th (8) (9)   44th (10)   Democrat Port Arthur / Jefferson Senate President Pro Tempore (45th)   Hardin, Jefferson, Liberty, Orange
(1) Although Senator Shivers shared seniority with Senators [Weaver] Moore and Sulak, the Senate Journal records the election of Senator Shivers as dean. See the Senate Journal, 49th Legislature, p. 9. Texas Senate, Secretary of the Senate - Memo, January 8, 2002, 'Deans of the Texas Senate', 2002.
(2) Although Cotten shared seniority with Senators [Weaver] Moore, Shivers, and Sulak, a statement in the Senate Journal indicates that Senator Cotten was chosen dean. Texas Senate, Secretary of the Senate - Memo, January 8, 2002, 'Deans of the Texas Senate', 2002.
(3) Journal does not indicate who assumed title of Dean of the Senate during the regular session. However, Olan Van Zandt served as chair of the senate caucus, an honor traditionally bestowed upon the dean, pp. 9-11. Senate Journal.
(4) Journal does not confirm who assumed the title of dean during the regular session of the 47th legislature; however, Senator Van Zandt was chairman of the senate caucus, a honor traditionally bestowed on the dean of the senate. Texas Senate, Secretary of the Senate - Memo, January 8, 2002, 'Deans of the Texas Senate', 2002.
(5) Lists Cotten, Hill, Weaver Moore, Shivers, Sulak, and Van Zandt as having most seniority, 47th Legislature. Texas Senate, Secretary of the Senate - Memo, January 8, 2002, 'Deans of the Texas Senate', 2002.
(6) Caucus report for 47th Legislature, 1st called session signed, Olan R. Van Zandt, Dean of the Senate, p. 10, Senate Journal.
(7) 46th Legislature - 1/10/1939, p. 2, listed in "Roll Call of Senators-Elect." Senate Journal.
(8) 45th Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, 2nd C.S., elected 9/27/1937. Senate Journal.
(9) 45th Legislature - 1/12/1937, pp. 1-2, listed in "Roll Call of Senators. . .who were Members of the Forty-fourth Legislature and whose terms of office continue for the duration of the Forty-fifth Legislature." Senate Journal.
(10) 44th Legislature - 1/8/1935, p. 1, listed in "Roll Call of New Senators" and "Certificate of New Senators." Senate Journal.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Selected Newspaper articles
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 53rd Legislature, R.S., SR 94. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 54th Legislature, R.S., HCR 195. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 69th Legislature, R.S., HCR 18. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • 69th Legislature, R.S., SCR 13. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • 69th Legislature, R.S., SR 17. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • SHIVERS, ROBERT ALLAN (1907-1985). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • 33rd Lieutenant Governor: Robert Allan Shivers. Photo and biographical sketch. Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016, 2016.
  • Military Service Notes
  • United States Army, World War II veteran. "War Veteran Wins Helm of State Senate," 8/25/1946. Dallas Morning News.
  • United States Army, Major. Biographical sketch: "In 1943 Shivers entered the United States Army and during the next two years served with the Allied Military Government in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany. Upon his discharge from the army in 1945 with the rank of major (with five battle stars and the Bronze Star) . . ." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • "The President announced that Senator Shivers, now serving in the Armed Forces, has been granted permission by the proper authority to attend the Regular Session of the Forty-ninth Legislature and that he is now en route to the City of Austin." 49th Legislature, R.S., 1945, p. 8. Senate Journal.
  • Pictured in uniform in the 49th Senate composite photo as Maj. Allan Shivers. State Preservation Board.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Allan Shivers, Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2006
  • Photograph. Allan Shivers, 44th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Allan Shivers, 45th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Allan Shivers, 46th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Allan Shivers, 47th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Allan Shivers, 48th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Allan Shivers, 49th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 44th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 45th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 46th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 47th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 48th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 49th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • Other Resources
  • Photo and defense of state claims to the Tidelands against the Truman administration, p. 112. Austin Lawyers: A Legacy of Leadership and Service, 2005.
  • Describes Lieutenant Governor Shivers' involvement in the political and legislative processes through which the Gilmer-Aikins bills became law. Gilmer-Aikin Bills: a Study in the Legislative Process, 1950.
  • Photograph, Gilmer-Aikin Bills: a Study in the Legislative Process, 1950.
  • Governor of Texas 1949-1957. Legislative Reference Library, Governors of Texas, 1846-present.
  • Occupational and biographical information - 45th Legislature, Chapter 1, "The Big Job," pp. 1-17. The Legislature and the Texas People, 1937.
  • Legislative Project includes tape-recorded interviews, Oral History Collection, University of North Texas.
  • Shivers, Robert Allan. Texas State Cemetery.
  • Committee Informationtop
    49th R.S. - 1945
    Aeronautics  
    Banking  
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Finance  
    Investigating Committee  
    Judicial Districts (Chair) 
    Military Affairs (Chair) 
    Nominations of the Governor  
    Oil, Gas and Conservation  
    Public Health  
    Rules  
    State Affairs  
    Veterans' Affairs  
    48th R.S. - 1943
    Banking  
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Commerce and Manufacturing (Chair) 
    Congressional Districts  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Counties and County Boundaries  
    Election Laws, Special  
    Finance  
    Interstate Cooperation  
    Oil, Gas and Conservation  
    Public Health  
    State Affairs  
    State Departments and Institutions  
    47th R.S. - 1941
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Contingent Expenses (Vice Chair) 
    Enrolled Bills  
    Game and Fish  
    General Investigating, Special  
    Interstate Cooperation  
    Labor  
    Mining, Irrigation and Drainage (Chair) 
    Nominations of Governor  
    Public Lands and Land Office  
    Rules  
    State Affairs  
    46th R.S. - 1939
    Contingent Expenses  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Enrolled Bills  
    Game and Fish  
    Labor  
    Local Bills, Special (SR 51)  
    Mining, Irrigation and Drainage  
    Nominations of Governor (Chair) 
    Public Lands and Land Office  
    Rules  
    State Affairs (Vice Chair) 
    45th R.S. - 1937
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Congressional Districts  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Game and Fish  
    Insurance  
    Internal Improvements  
    Labor (Chair) 
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Debts, Claims and Accounts (Vice Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    44th R.S. - 1935
    Civil Jurisprudence  
    Congressional Districts  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Game and Fish (Chair) 
    Insurance  
    Internal Improvements  
    Labor (Vice Chair) 
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Debts, Claims and Accounts  
    State Affairs  
    State Penitentiaries  
    Unemployment Compensation, Special  
     

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