Homer Leonard

Homer LaKirby Leonard

Full Name: Homer LaKirby Leonard
Date of birth: January 14, 1899
Date of death: February 14, 1979

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 73 Jan 9, 1945 - Jan 14, 1947 49th   Democrat McAllen / Hidalgo   Hidalgo
H 73 Jan 12, 1943 - Jan 9, 1945 48th   Democrat McAllen / Hidalgo   Hidalgo
H 73 Jan 14, 1941 - Jan 12, 1943 47th   Democrat McAllen / Hidalgo Speaker   Hidalgo
H 73 Jan 10, 1939 - Jan 14, 1941 46th   Democrat McAllen / Hidalgo   Hidalgo
H 73 Jan 12, 1937 - Jan 10, 1939 45th (1)   Unaffiliated McAllen / Hidalgo   Hidalgo
H 73 Jan 8, 1935 - Jan 12, 1937 44th (2) (3)   Unaffiliated McAllen / Hidalgo   Hidalgo
H 73 Jan 10, 1933 - Jan 8, 1935 43rd (4) (5) (6) (7)   Unaffiliated McAllen / Hidalgo   Hidalgo
H 73 Jan 13, 1931 - Jan 10, 1933 42nd (8) (9) (10) (11) (12)   Unaffiliated McAllen / Hidalgo   Hidalgo

(1) Independent. Republicans and Other Non-Democrats in the Texas Legislature.
(2) File on Legislature - Members, Political Affiliation - "Political composition of the Legislature for selected years other than Democrat." Shows Leonard was Independent in 44th and 45th Legislatures, but this cannot be confirmed in LRL sources. Memo File.
(3) Independent. Republicans and Other Non-Democrats in the Texas Legislature.
(4) "Rep. H.L. Leonard, good government nominee of McAllen, has as his opponent John Ewing, of Donna, as the democratic nominee." "85 New Members Nominated for Lower House; Nine New Senators," 9/9/1932, p. 3. Big Spring Herald.
(5) Independent. Republicans and Other Non-Democrats in the Texas Legislature.
(6) "Amendments Rejected by Texas: Full Democratic Ticket is Elected in Lone Star State," 11/7/1934, pp. 1-A, 9-A. "The state's only non-Democratic member of the legislature, Bodo Holekamp of Boerne, was defeated . . . Holekamp was an independent." San Antonio Light.
(7) Independent/Good Government League - Local Independent. Texas Legislative Manual.
(8) Memorial, May 1979, p. 457. In 1930 Mr. Leonard won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Hidalgo County as a write-in candidate of the Good Government Party. Texas Bar Journal.
(9) HIDALGO COUNTY. Describes boss rule in South Texas and the efforts of the Good Government League to oust the Democratic machine headed by John Closner. Handbook of Texas Online.
(10) "[Leonard] conducted a write-in campaign at the last general electon after the supreme court ruled his party had no standing in nominating candidates for district offices," 10/4/1933, p. 8. Lubbock Morning Avalanche.
(11) Elected to House in 1930 as candidate of Good Government League. Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016, 2016.
(12) Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

Other Resources

  • Mentioned in "Speaker's Office Now a Prize Plum," 9/15/1980. Dallas Morning News.
  • Helen Keller at a Joint Session of the Legislature, 4/8/1941. Left to right: Speaker of the House Homer Leonard, Governor W. Lee O'Daniel, Helen Keller, and Keller's assistant Polly Thompson. Neal Douglass Photography Collection, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. Representative Dan Dove is in the far back behind Governor O'Daniel. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Photographs

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

46th R.S. - 1939
Conservation and Reclamation  
Highways and Motor Traffic  
Insurance  
Privileges, Suffrage and Elections  
Revenue and Taxation (Chair) 
Social Security Program Financing, Special  
Voting Machine for the House, Special  
45th R.S. - 1937
Appropriations  
Conservation and Reclamation  
Insurance  
Privileges, Suffrage and Elections  
44th R.S. - 1935
Appropriations (Chair) 
Congressional and Legislative Districts  
Conservation and Reclamation  
House Bill 8 Irregularities, Special  
Insurance  
Privileges, Suffrage, and Elections  
43rd R.S. - 1933
Conservation and Reclamation  
Insurance  
Privileges, Suffrage and Elections (Chair) 
State Eleemosynary and Reformatory Institutions  
42nd R.S. - 1931
Agriculture  
Conservation and Reclamation  
Judicial Districts  
Public Printing  

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