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W.E. 'Pete' Snelson W.E. 'Pete' Snelson
Full Name: Wallace Eugene "Pete" Snelson
Date of birth: March 28, 1923
Date of death: April 26, 2014

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 25 Jan 9, 1979 - Jan 11, 1983 67th (1) (2)   66th   Democrat Midland / Midland Dean of the Senate. (67th)   Bandera, Brewster, Coke, Comal, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Edwards, Gillespie, Glasscock, Irion, Jeff Davis, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Llano, Loving, Mason, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Real, Reeves, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton, Terrell, Tom Green, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, Winkler
S 25 Jan 14, 1975 - Jan 9, 1979 65th   64th   Democrat Midland / Midland   Bandera, Brewster, Coke, Comal, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Edwards, Gillespie, Glasscock, Irion, Jeff Davis, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Llano, Loving, Mason, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Real, Reeves, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton, Terrell, Tom Green, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, Winkler
S 25 Jan 9, 1973 - Jan 14, 1975 63rd (3)   Democrat Midland / Midland   Bandera, Brewster, Coke, Comal, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Edwards, Gillespie, Glasscock, Irion, Jeff Davis, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Llano, Loving, Mason, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Real, Reeves, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton, Terrell, Tom Green, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, Winkler
S 25 Jan 14, 1969 - Jan 9, 1973 62nd (4)   61st   Democrat Midland / Midland Senate President Pro Tempore (62nd)   Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Ector, Edwards, Irion, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Reeves, Schleicher, Sutton, Terrell, Tom Green, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde
S 29 Jan 12, 1965 - Jan 10, 1967 59th (5)   Democrat Midland / Midland   Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Hudspeth, Loving, Midland, Reeves, Ward, Winkler
H 102 Jan 10, 1961 - Jan 8, 1963 57th   Democrat Midland / Midland   Crane, Midland, Pecos, Upton
(1) 67th Legislature - Presentation of Deans of Senate, 1/13/1981, p. 8. [The Senate] selected 3 Members to serve as Deans of the Senate. Senator Brooks will serve the first 4 mos; Senator Mauzy the second 4 mos and Senator Snelson the last 4 mos of the year. Senate Journal.
(2) Senators Brooks, Mauzy, and Snelson shared the title of dean. See the Senate Journal, 67th Legislature, Vol. I, p. 8. Texas Senate, Secretary of the Senate - Memo, January 8, 2002, 'Deans of the Texas Senate', 2002.
(3) 63rd Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/10/1973, pp. 12-13. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal.
(4) 62nd Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, Ad Interim R.S., elected 5/31/1971; 1st C.S., elected 6/1/1971; and Ad Interim 1st C.S., elected 6/4/1971. Senate Journal.
(5) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1966 due to redistricting. Reapportionment of Senate districts occurred in the 59th Legislature, Regular Session (1965), ch. 324 (SB 547). Texas Constitution Art. III, ยง3, Election and term of office of Senators.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Selected Newspaper articles
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 59th Legislature, R.S., SR 358. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 62nd Legislature, R.S., SR 806. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 63rd Legislature, R.S., SR 399. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 64th Legislature, R.S., SR 353. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 66th Legislature, R.S., SR 354. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 67th Legislature, R.S., SR 415. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 71st Legislature, 3rd C.S., SR 77. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 83rd Legislature, R.S., SR 612. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Senate Biographies, 63rd Legislature, 1973.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. The Senators of Texas, 64th Session, 1975.
  • Memorial biographical sketch and photo. A State of Remembrance, 2015.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senate, 66th Legislature, 1979.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senate, 67th Legislature, 1981.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Biographical sketch, military photos, and military service. WALLACE E. (PETE) SNELSON; Patriot, Chapter 1919; Texas State Senator, Retired; Army, WWII, Europe. Includes news articles, "Fifth Snelson Brother Joins Armed Forces," and "Pete Snelson Selected to the Men of Mines." Military Order of the Purple Heart, Texas Capital Chapter 1919, Austin, Texas.
  • United States Army, Technical Sergeant, World War II; United States Army Reserve, Lieutenant. "In 1943, Pete was called to active duty by the US Army. After basic training, Pete was sent by the Army Specialized Training Program to the University of Nebraska to study German language, history, and culture. Pete joined the 44th Infantry Division, Company B of the 324th Infantry Regiment which was deployed to Cherbourg, France. On November 13, 1944, Pete's Company attacked the German line in the Vosges Mountains where he was wounded. After three months of recuperation, he was interviewed and selected for service as a Special Agent in the 307th Counter Intelligence Corp detachment at 7th Army Headquarters. Prior to Pete's discharge from the US Army as a Technical Sargent, he received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Combat Infantryman's Badge. He remained in the US Army Reserve and was commissioned as a Lieutenant and served as a commander of the Counter Intelligence Corps unit at Fort Bliss, Texas." Texas State Cemetery.
  • Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislators
  • Named one of 'The Best'. Best and Worst Legislators 1981.
  • Named 'Honorable Mention'. Best and Worst Legislators 1979.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. W.E. 'Pete' Snelson, 57th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.E. 'Pete' Snelson, 59th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.E. 'Pete' Snelson, 61st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.E. 'Pete' Snelson, 62nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.E. 'Pete' Snelson, 63rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.E. 'Pete' Snelson, 64th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.E. 'Pete' Snelson, 65th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.E. 'Pete' Snelson, 66th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.E. 'Pete' Snelson, 67th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 59th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 61st session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 62nd session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 63rd session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 64th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 65th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, west wall. GE.L1). State Preservation Board.
  • 66th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, west wall. GE.L1). State Preservation Board.
  • 67th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, west wall. GE.L1). State Preservation Board.
  • 57th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GW.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • Other Resources
  • Notice of death, 4/29/2014. Speaker of the House.
  • Snelson, Wallace Eugene. Texas State Cemetery.
  • Committee Informationtop
    67th R.S. - 1981
    Autism  
    Congressional and Legislative Redistricting, Oversight  
    Education (Chair) 
    Finance  
    Intergovernmental Relations  
    New Federalism, Task Force  
    Public Education, Select  
    Redistricting, Subcommittee of the Committee of the Whole Senate, Special  
    Redistricting, Subcommittee of the Committee of the Whole Senate, Special Legislative Panel (Chair) 
    66th R.S. - 1979
    Early Childhood Intervention Services, Interim (Chair) 
    Education  
    Finance  
    Intergovernmental Relations (Chair) 
    Poet Laureate Selection, Special  
    65th R.S. - 1977
    Border Trade and Tourism, Special  
    Delivery of Human Services in Texas  
    Delivery of Human Services in Texas Subcommittee on Service Distribution Patterns  
    Delivery of Human Services in Texas Subcommittee on Services for 65 and Over Age Group  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Finance Interim Subcommittee on Juvenile Crime  
    Intergovernmental Relations (Chair) 
    Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee on Housing  
    Poet Laureate Selection, Special  
    Public School Finance, Legislative Commission  
    Special Education, Interim (Chair) 
    64th R.S. - 1975
    Border Trade and Tourism, Special  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Intergovernmental Relations (Chair) 
    63rd R.S. - 1973
    Education (Vice Chair) 
    Finance  
    Intergovernmental Relations  
    62nd R.S. - 1971
    Administration  
    Agriculture and Drought Disaster Relief, Special  
    Agriculture and Livestock  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Education (Vice Chair) 
    Environment  
    Finance  
    General Investigating, Special  
    Intergovernmental Relations (Chair) 
    Legislative, Congressional and Judicial Districts  
    Local and Uncontested Bills, Special  
    Medical Costs, Interim  
    Nominations  
    Oil and Gas (Chair) 
    Parks and Recreation  
    Population Distribution, Interim  
    Privacy  
    Public Junior Colleges, Interim  
    Public School Finance, Interim  
    State Affairs  
    Teacher Retirement Benefits, Interim  
    Transportation  
    Urban Education  
    Vegetable Marketing, Interim  
    Water and Conservation  
    61st R.S. - 1969
    Agriculture and Livestock  
    Attraction of New Industry  
    Commerce and Industry (Chair) 
    Education  
    Faculty Compensation  
    Finance  
    Legislative, Congressional, and Judicial Districts  
    Livestock Marking and Branding  
    Natural Fibers and Textile Development (Vice Chair) 
    Oil and Gas (Vice Chair) 
    Parks and Wildlife  
    Penal Servitude and Parole  
    Public Health  
    State and Local School Disricts Financial Relationship (Committee of Eighteen)  
    Transportation  
    Water and Conservation  
    59th R.S. - 1965
    Agriculture and Livestock  
    Counties, Cities and Towns (Vice Chair) 
    Faculty Compensation in State-Supported Colleges and Universities  
    Finance  
    Insurance  
    Legislative, Congressional and Judicial Districts  
    Military and Veterans Affairs  
    Oil and Gas  
    Water and Conservation  
    57th R.S. - 1961
    Education  
    Education and Teacher Certification  
    Military and Veterans Affairs  
    Public Lands and Buildings  
    Public Printing  
    State Hospitals and Special Schools  
     

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