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Jack Hightower Jack Hightower
Full Name: Jack English Hightower
Date of birth: September 6, 1926
Date of death: August 3, 2013

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 30 Jan 9, 1973 - Jan 14, 1975 63rd (1)   Democrat Vernon / Wilbarger   Archer, Baylor, Briscoe, Callahan, Childress, Clay, Cottle, Dickens, Fisher, Floyd, Foard, Hale, Hall, Hardeman, Haskell, Howard, Jones, Kent, King, Knox, Mitchell, Motley, Nolan, Scurry, Shackelford, Stonewall, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger
S 30 Jan 12, 1971 - Jan 9, 1973 62nd (2) (3)   Democrat Vernon / Wilbarger Senate President Pro Tempore (62nd)   Archer, Bailey, Baylor, Briscoe, Castro, Childress, Cottle, Dickens, Floyd, Foard, Hale, Hall, Hardeman, King, Knox, Lamb, Motley, Parmer, Swisher, Wichita, Wilbarger
S 30 Jan 10, 1967 - Jan 12, 1971 61st   60th (4)   Democrat Vernon / Wilbarger   Archer, Bailey, Baylor, Briscoe, Castro, Childress, Cottle, Dickens, Floyd, Foard, Hale, Hall, Hardeman, King, Knox, Lamb, Motley, Parmer, Swisher, Wichita, Wilbarger
S 23 Jan 12, 1965 - Jan 10, 1967 59th (5)   Democrat Vernon / Wilbarger   Archer, Baylor, Cottle, Dickens, Foard, Hardeman, King, Knox, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Young
H 82 Jan 13, 1953 - Jan 11, 1955 53rd   Democrat Vernon / Wilbarger   Cottle, Foard, Hardeman, Wilbarger
(1) 63rd Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/10/1973, pp. 12-13. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal.
(2) 62nd Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, Regular Session, elected 1/12/1971. Senate Journal.
(3) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1972 due to redistricting. Texas Constitution Art. III, §3, Election and term of office of Senators.
(4) 60th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/11/1967, p. 19. Drew 4-year term. 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, §3, Election and term of office of Senators.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Selected Newspaper articles
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 83rd Legislature, 3rd C.S. - Representatives move that the House stand adjourned in memory of the Honorable Jack Hightower of Vernon and the Honorable Lois DeBerry of Tennessee. House Journal.
  • 56th Legislature, 2nd C.S., SR 66, named one of outstanding District Attorneys for the year 1959 by Texas Law Enforcement Foundation. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 61st Legislature, 2nd C.S., SR 38. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 62nd Legislature, 2nd C.S., SCR 5, highest office in Texas Masonry, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 62nd Legislature, R.S., SR 117, Capitol building renovation. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 63rd Legislature, R.S., SR 931. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 74th Legislature, R.S., HR 472, retirement. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 83rd Legislature, 3rd C.S. - Senate welcomes the daughters of the late Honorable Jack Hightower; Senators Watson, Duncan, and Seliger offers remarks on his death; and the Senate adjourns sine die in his honor. Senate Journal.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Senate Biographies, 63rd Legislature, 1973.
  • Memorial biographical sketch and photo. A State of Remembrance, 2015.
  • HIGHTOWER, Jack English (1926-2013). Representative, TX. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress 1774-Present.
  • Military Service Notes
  • United States Navy, World War II, 1944-1946. Biography, U.S. Navy: "Jack Hightower graduated from Memphis High School in Memphis, Texas in May 1944. He went directly to Baylor University and immediately enrolled in the summer term. In September of 1944, Hightower turned 18 and chose to leave Baylor University and join the United States Navy. He was sent to San Diego California for basic training and yeomen school. Hightower was later sent to work in San Francisco and was in the balcony of the Opera House when the charter creating the United Nations was signed." Baylor University.
  • Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislators
  • Named 'Honorable Mention'. Best and Worst Legislators, 1973.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Jack Hightower, 53rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Jack Hightower, 59th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Jack Hightower, 60th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Jack Hightower, 61st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Jack Hightower, 62nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Jack Hightower, 63rd 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.
  • 60th 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.
  • 53rd session composite photo of House members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GW.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • Other Resources
  • Jack English Hightower Collection. Baylor Collections of Political Materials, W.R. Poage Legislative Library, Baylor University. Finding Aid
  • Special Governor Hightower Edition, April 1, 1971, pp. 1-8. Quanah Tribune-Chief. Content provided with permission of the Quanah Tribune-Chief.
  • Hightower, Jack English. Texas State Cemetery.
  • Committee Informationtop
    63rd R.S. - 1973
    Administration (Chair) 
    Administration Subcommittee on Rules  
    Constitutional Convention Planning  
    Finance  
    Natural Resources  
    Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water  
    62nd R.S. - 1971
    Administration (Chair) 
    Administration  
    Agriculture and Drought Disaster Relief, Special  
    Agriculture and Livestock  
    Consumer Protection  
    County, District and Urban Affairs  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Jurisprudence  
    Legislative, Congressional and Judicial Districts  
    Medical Costs, Interim  
    Natural Resources  
    Oil and Gas  
    Poet Laureate Selection, Special  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Rules (Vice Chair) 
    Rules of the Senate (Vice Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    Water and Conservation  
    Youth Affairs (Chair) 
    Youth, Interim  
    61st R.S. - 1969
    Agriculture and Livestock  
    Attraction of New Industry  
    Automatic Data Processing  
    Automobile Insurance Rates  
    Claims  
    Constitutional Amendments (Vice Chair) 
    Consumer Protection  
    Contingent Expense (Chair) 
    Corporate Farming, Livestock Feeding and Ranching Operations  
    Delinquent Ad Valorem Tax  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Jurisprudence  
    Livestock Marking and Branding  
    Motion Picture Theater Industry  
    Oil and Gas  
    State Affairs  
    State and Local Tax Policy  
    Transportation  
    Water and Conservation  
    Youth Affairs  
    60th R.S. - 1967
    Agriculture and Livestock  
    Contingent Expenses (Chair) 
    Counties, Cities, and Towns  
    Depuration of Oysters and Other Shellfish  
    Finance  
    Game and Fish (Chair) 
    Insurance  
    Labor and Management Relations  
    Legislative, Congressional and Judicial Districts  
    Oil and Gas  
    Placement of Lieutenant Governors' Portraits  
    Portrait of General William C. Westmoreland  
    Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice  
    Water and Conservation  
    59th R.S. - 1965
    Agriculture and Livestock  
    Contingent Expense  
    Counties, Cities and Towns  
    Election Law  
    Finance  
    Insurance  
    Labor and Management Relations (Chair) 
    Legislative, Congressional and Judicial Districts  
    Military and Veterans Affairs  
    Nursing Profession  
    Oil and Gas  
    State Affairs  
    Water and Conservation  
    53rd R.S. - 1953
    Banks and Banking  
    Education  
    Federal Relations  
    Public Lands and Buildings  
    State Affairs  
     

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