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Criss Cole Criss Cole
Full Name: Criss Cole
Date of birth: May 11, 1918
Date of death: June 21, 1985

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 6 Jan 10, 1967 - Jan 12, 1971 61st (1)   60th (2)   Democrat Houston / Harris Senate President Pro Tempore (61st)   Harris
S 6 Jan 8, 1963 - Jan 10, 1967 59th   58th (3)   Democrat Houston / Harris   Harris
H 22-7 Jan 10, 1961 - Jan 8, 1963 57th   Democrat Houston / Harris   Harris
H 22-7 Jan 13, 1959 - Jan 10, 1961 56th   Democrat Houston / Harris   Harris
H 22-7 Jan 8, 1957 - Jan 13, 1959 55th   Democrat Houston / Harris   Harris
H 22-7 Jan 11, 1955 - Jan 8, 1957 54th   Democrat Houston / Harris   Harris
(1) 61st Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, Ad Interim 2nd C.S., elected 9/9/1969. Senate Journal.
(2) 60th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/11/1967, p. 19. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal.
(3) 58th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/9/1963, p. 16. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Selected Newspaper articles
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 56th Legislature, R.S., HSR 611. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 57th Legislature, 1st C.S., HSR 169, officially designating August 7, 1961, as Criss Cole Day. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 57th Legislature, 1st C.S., HSR 86, cited by the Association for Physical and Mental Rehabilitation in Indianapolis. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 57th Legislature, R.S., HSR 661. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 58th Legislature, R.S., SR 515. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 59th Legislature, R.S., SR 713, inviting Roy Porter and officials of Disabled American Veterans to attend Senate session honoring Senator Criss Cole as outstanding disabled veteran for the State of Texas for 1965, presentation, Mr. Porter's address printed in Senate Journal, pp. 1491, 1565-1567. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary. Address
  • SR 713
  • 60th Legislature, R.S., SR 633. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • COLE, CRISS (1918-1985). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Military Service Notes
  • United States Marine Corps, Corporal, World War II. "He worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps near Golden, Colorado, before joining the United States Marines in 1940. He served in Iceland, New Zealand, and Guadalcanal. As a corporal, he was blinded in 1943 during a beach attack at Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands by a Japanese grenade, an injury for which he was later awarded a Purple Heart." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • United States Marine Corps, World War II. 59th Legislature, R.S., SR 713, relating to session honoring Senator Criss Cole as outstanding disabled veteran for the State of Texas for 1965, "in tribute to his (Cole's) exceptional ability, his tenacity in overcoming the great handicap of blindness, which resulted from his heroic service as a member of the U.S. Marines, when he was wounded by a Japanese hand grenade during a mission on Tarawa . . . This veteran of service in Iceland, New Zealand, Guadalcanal and Tarawa, during World War II, is beloved by his fellow members of the Texas Legislature . . . ," Senate Journal, p. 1491; presentation and address by Roy Porter of Disabled American Veterans describes Cole's military service and mentions Purple Heart, Senate Journal, pp. 1565-1567. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary
    Photographs
  • Photograph. Criss Cole, 54th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Criss Cole, 55th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Criss Cole, 56th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Criss Cole, 56th Legislature, Texas Yearbook, 56th Legislature
  • Photograph. Criss Cole, 57th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Criss Cole, 58th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Criss Cole, 59th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Criss Cole, 60th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Criss Cole, 61st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 58th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 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.
  • 54th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GW.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 55th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GW.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 56th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GW.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 57th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GW.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • Other Resources
  • Article, "King Miller would be second legally blind lawmaker in 30 years if elected," 10/28/2004. Midland Reporter-Telegram.
  • Memorial, April 1986, p. 416. Texas Bar Journal.
  • Committee Informationtop
    61st R.S. - 1969
    Claims  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Drugs  
    Education  
    Insurance  
    Land Use and Environmental Control (Chair) 
    Oil and Gas  
    Public Health  
    Public Utility Commission  
    Rules (Vice Chair) 
    Rules of the Senate (Vice Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    Transportation  
    Water  
    Water and Conservation  
    Youth Affairs (Chair) 
    60th R.S. - 1967
    Education (Chair) 
    Faculty Compensation  
    Highway Safety  
    Insurance  
    Jurisprudence  
    Land Use and Environmental Control (Chair) 
    Oil and Gas  
    Public Health  
    State Affairs  
    Transportation  
    Water and Conservation  
    59th R.S. - 1965
    Banking (Vice Chair) 
    Counties, Cities and Towns  
    Education  
    Finance  
    Insurance (Vice Chair) 
    Legislative, Congressional and Judicial Districts  
    Multiple Use and Pollution of All Waters of Texas (Cont. of Bays of Texas, 58th)  
    Nominations  
    Nursing Profession (Chair) 
    Oil and Gas  
    State Affairs  
    Transportation  
    Water and Conservation  
    58th R.S. - 1963
    Banking  
    Bays of Texas  
    Counties, Cities and Towns  
    Education (Vice Chair) 
    Finance  
    Insurance  
    Legislative, Congressional, and Judicial Districts  
    Nominations  
    Oil and Gas  
    State Affairs  
    Transportation  
    Water and Conservation  
    57th R.S. - 1961
    Banks and Banking  
    Contingent Expenses (Vice Chair) 
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    School Districts (Chair) 
    State Affairs  
    56th R.S. - 1959
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Education  
    Engrossed Bills (Vice Chair) 
    Examination of Comptroller's and Treasurer's Accounts  
    Military and Veteran's Affairs  
    Radiation  
    55th R.S. - 1957
    Aeronautics (Vice Chair) 
    Counties  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Penitentiaries  
    State Hospitals and Special Schools  
    54th R.S. - 1955
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Criminal Jurisprudence  
    Penitentiaries  
    State Hospitals and Special Schools  
     

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