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Chet Brooks Chet Brooks
Full Name: Chet Edward Brooks
Date of birth: August 18, 1935
Date of death: May 11, 2016

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 11 Jan 8, 1991 - Jan 12, 1993 72nd (1)   Democrat Pasadena / Harris Dean of the Senate. (72nd)   Galveston, Harris
S 11 Jan 13, 1987 - Jan 8, 1991 71st   70th   Democrat Pasadena / Harris Dean of the Senate. (71st)
Dean of the Senate. (70th)  
Galveston, Harris
S 11 Jan 11, 1983 - Jan 13, 1987 69th (2) (3) (4)   68th (5) (6) (7)   Democrat Pasadena / Harris Dean of the Senate. (69th)
Dean of the Senate. (68th)  
Galveston, Harris
S 11 Jan 9, 1979 - Jan 11, 1983 67th (8) (9)   66th   Democrat Pasadena / Harris Dean of the Senate. (67th)   Harris
S 11 Jan 14, 1975 - Jan 9, 1979 65th   64th   Democrat Pasadena / Harris   Harris
S 11 Jan 9, 1973 - Jan 14, 1975 63rd (10)   Democrat Pasadena / Harris   Harris
S 7 Jan 12, 1971 - Jan 9, 1973 62nd (11) (12)   Democrat Pasadena / Harris Senate President Pro Tempore (62nd)   Harris
S 7 Jan 10, 1967 - Jan 12, 1971 61st   60th (13)   Democrat Pasadena / Harris   Harris
H 22-12 Jan 12, 1965 - Jan 10, 1967 59th (14)   Democrat Pasadena / Harris   Harris
H 22-12 Jan 8, 1963 - Jan 12, 1965 58th (15)   Democrat Pasadena / Harris   Harris
(1) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1992 due to redistricting. Texas Constitution Art. III, §3, Election and term of office of Senators.
(2) Journal does not indicate who assumed title of Dean of the Senate during the regular session. However, Chet Brooks served as chair of the senate caucus, an honor traditionally bestowed upon the dean, pp. 4-6, 69th Legislature, Regular Session, Senate Journal.
(3) Refers to Chet Brooks as 'Dean of the Senate,' 'The Ten Best and [Groan] the Ten Worst,' July 1985, Texas Monthly.
(4) Brooks and Mauzy shared seniority during the 69th Legislature, Texas Senate, Secretary of the Senate - Memo, January 8, 2002, 'Deans of the Texas Senate', 2002.
(5) Journal refers to Chet Brooks as Dean of the Senate, p. 10, 68th Legislature, Regular Session. Senate Journal.
(6) Brooks and Mauzy shared seniority during the 68th Legislature, Texas Senate, Secretary of the Senate - Memo, January 8, 2002, 'Deans of the Texas Senate', 2002.
(7) 68th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 3/17/1983, p. 495. Drew 4-year term (also see message from President, p. 467). Senate Journal.
(8) 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.
(9) 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.
(10) 63rd Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/10/1973, pp. 12-13. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal.
(11) 62nd Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, 3rd C.S., elected 6/14/1972. Senate Journal.
(12) 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.
(13) 60th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/11/1967, p. 19. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal.
(14) Sworn 11/23/1964. Oaths of Office.
(15) Sworn 11/23/1962. Oaths of Office.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Selected Newspaper articles
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 69th Legislature, 2nd C.S., SR 12. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 72nd Legislature, 3rd C.S., SR 88. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 72nd Legislature, 4th C.S., SR 14. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 73rd Legislature, R.S., SR 195. 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.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senate, 67th Legislature, 1981.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senate, 68th Legislature, 1983.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senate, 69th Legislature, 1985.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senate, 70th Legislature, 1987.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senate, 71st Legislature, 1989.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Texas Senate, 72nd Legislature, 1991.
  • Biographical sketch and photo. Birth date 8/18/1935. Texas Senate, 66th Legislature, 1979.
  • Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislators
  • Named one of 'The Worst'. Best and Worst Legislators 1985.
  • Awarded 'Best Single Performance'. Best and Worst Legislators 1983.
  • Named 'Dishonorable Mention'. Best and Worst Legislators 1975.
  • Named 'Honorable Mention'. Best and Worst Legislators, 1973.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Henry Fletcher and Chet Brooks. Speaker's Day 2009. Photo courtesy of Brenda McKean, Donated Material
  • Photograph. Chet Brooks, 58th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chet Brooks, 59th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chet Brooks, 60th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chet Brooks, 61st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chet Brooks, 62nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chet Brooks, 63rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chet Brooks, 64th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chet Brooks, 65th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chet Brooks, 66th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chet Brooks, 67th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chet Brooks, 68th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chet Brooks, 69th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chet Brooks, 70th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chet Brooks, 71st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Chet Brooks, 72nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 68th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, west wall. GE.L1). State Preservation Board.
  • 69th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 70th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 71st session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 72nd session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, north wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 58th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GW.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 59th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GW.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • Other Resources
  • 58th-59th Legislature, Regular Session - birth date 8/18/1932. 59th Legislature, Called Session - birth date 8/18/1933. Texas House of Representatives, Chief Clerk's Office - Biographies of Legislators, 1947.
  • Brooks, Chet Edward. Texas State Cemetery.
  • Committee Informationtop
    72nd R.S. - 1991
    Administration, Special (Vice Chair) 
    Committee of the Whole on Redistricting, Special (Chair) 
    Committee of the Whole on Redistricting, Special, Subcommittee on Congressional Districts  
    Committee of the Whole on Redistricting, Special, Subcommittee on Legislative Districts  
    Education  
    Environment, Interim  
    Finance  
    Government Efficiency  
    Health and Human Services (Chair) 
    Health and Human Services, Interim  
    Nominations, Special  
    71st R.S. - 1989
    Administration, Special (Vice Chair) 
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Health and Human Services (Chair) 
    Legislative Redistricting, Select  
    Mentally Retarded Persons Act of 1977, Task Force on (Co-Chair) 
    Nominations, Special  
    Nursing Home Rate Reimbursement, Interim  
    Public Education, Select  
    Waste Management Policy, Task Force on (Co-Chair) 
    70th R.S. - 1987
    Administration, Special (Vice Chair) 
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Future of Long Term Health Care, Special Task Force (Vice Chair) 
    Health and Human Services (Chair) 
    Health Care Reimbursement Alternatives, Commission on  
    Medicaid and Family Services, Select  
    Nominations, Special  
    Rules, Special  
    Rural Health Care Delivery, Special Task Force  
    Steering Committee to Develop a Texas Office of Prevention  
    Substance Abuse Treatment Delivery  
    Waste Management Policy, Task Force on (Chair) 
    69th R.S. - 1985
    Administration, Special  
    Cancer in Texas, Task Force on  
    Coastline Rehabilitation, Interim (Chair) 
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Department of Human Services Audits (Chair) 
    Finance  
    Health and Human Resources (Chair) 
    Nominations, Special  
    State Affairs  
    State Affairs Subcommittee on Elections  
    68th R.S. - 1983
    Cancer in Texas, Task Force on  
    Committee of the Whole Senate  
    Committee of the Whole Senate, Subcommittee on Finance  
    Finance  
    Health and Human Resources (Chair) 
    Human Resources (Chair) 
    Indigent Health Care, Task Force on  
    Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Oversight  
    Rules, Special  
    State Affairs  
    State Affairs Subcommittee on Nominations  
    67th R.S. - 1981
    Autism (Chair) 
    Finance  
    Human Resources (Chair) 
    New Federalism, Task Force  
    Redistricting, Subcommittee of the Committee of the Whole Senate, Special  
    Redistricting, Subcommittee of the Committee of the Whole Senate, Special Congressional Panel  
    State Affairs  
    State Affairs Subcommittee on Nominations  
    66th R.S. - 1979
    Finance  
    Human Resources (Chair) 
    Human Resources Ad Hoc Committee on Standardized Medical Procedures (Chair) 
    Human Resources Subcommittee on Public Health and Welfare  
    State Affairs  
    State Affairs Subcommittee on Nominations  
    65th R.S. - 1977
    Delivery of Human Services in Texas (Vice Chair) 
    Delivery of Human Services in Texas Subcommittee on Funding Patterns (Chair) 
    Delivery of Human Services in Texas Subcommittee on Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services  
    Delivery of Human Services in Texas Subcommittee on Services for 65 and Over Age Group (Chair) 
    Educational Services to the Deaf, Advisory  
    Educational Services to the Deaf, Advisory, Subcommittee on Governmental Structure (Chair) 
    Finance  
    Finance Interim Subcommittee on Juvenile Crime  
    Human Resources (Chair) 
    Long-term Care Alternatives (Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    State Affairs Subcommittee on Uniform Group Insurance for Public School Teachers and Employees  
    State Involvement In and Administration of Student Loan Programs For Texas, Special, Interim  
    64th R.S. - 1975
    Finance  
    Human Resources (Chair) 
    Ship Channel Safety, Special Interim  
    State Affairs  
    63rd R.S. - 1973
    Finance  
    Human Resources (Chair) 
    Prison Reform (Chair) 
    Special Districts, Special (Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    62nd R.S. - 1971
    Banking (Vice Chair) 
    County, District and Urban Affairs  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Horse Racing and Pari-mutuel Betting, Interim  
    Human Resources (Vice Chair) 
    Insurance  
    Natural Resources  
    Nominations  
    Parks and Wildlife  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Health  
    Public School Finance, Interim  
    Special Districts (Chair) 
    State Departments and Institutions (Chair) 
    Transportation  
    Vocational-Technical Education  
    61st R.S. - 1969
    Agriculture and Livestock  
    Banking (Vice Chair) 
    County, District, and Urban Affairs  
    Insurance  
    Legislative, Congressional, and Judicial Districts  
    Liquor Laws  
    Lunar Landing Commission (Vice Chair) 
    Motion Picture Theater Industry  
    Parks and Wildlife  
    Preschool Education Standards  
    Public Health  
    Rules  
    Rules of the Senate  
    State Departments and Institutions (Chair) 
    Transportation  
    Uninsured Motorists' Coverage  
    Vocational-Technical Education (Chair) 
    Youth Affairs  
    60th R.S. - 1967
    Banking  
    Counties, Cities, and Towns  
    Emergency Hospital Treatment (Chair) 
    Finance  
    Game and Fish  
    Legislative, Congressional and Judicial Districts (Vice Chair) 
    State Departments and Institutions  
    Transportation  
    Uninsured Motorists  
    Vocational-Technical Education (Chair) 
    59th R.S. - 1965
    Engrossed Bills  
    Federal Relations  
    Houston Ship Channel  
    Military and Veterans' Affairs  
    Penitentiaries  
    58th R.S. - 1963
    Federal Relations  
    Labor  
    Military and Veterans' Affairs  
    Penitentiaries  
     

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