Charlie L. Geren – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected State Representative District 99, Texas

Republican Party of Texas
PO Box 1440Fort Worth, TX 76101
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

Charlie Geren and the Geren family have been fixtures in Fort Worth and Northwest Tarrant County for years. People around here know them because they've always worked hard to keep our area as strong as it can be. Whether it’s through volunteer work or employing folks at Railhead Smokehouse, Charlie’s restaurant, or through politics, Charlie and his family are the kind of people who do what’s right when no one’s lookin'. Frankly, that’s what America needs more of right now.

As your Republican State Representative, Charlie has fought to protect our local economy and the local companies, small, medium, and large that keep our neighbors on the job. Charlie's a staunch defender of individual rights. He fought for and passed strong pro-property rights reform. He's a protector of our 2nd Amendment rights. And he’s voted for sound fiscal policies that balance budgets and keep taxes low so the private sector can grow.

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Charlie Geren is a proud grandparent who lives and ranches in the Fort Worth area.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

BBA, Southern Methodist University, 1971.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Vice President/Partner, Kelly, Geren and Searcy, 1989-present

President, Railhead Smokehouse, 1986-present

Deputy, United States Marshal Service, 1981-1990

President, LGS Godly Ranch Corporation

Former Board Member, Westside State Bank.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Member, Fort Worth Restaurant Association, present

Member, Fort Worth Zoo, present

Member, Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors, present

Member, Junior Achievement, present

Member, Lena Pope Home, present

Member, Ronald McDonald House, present

Member, Rotary Club, present

Treasurer/Executive Committee Member, Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, present

Member, Texas Association of Realtors, present

Trustee, Texas Christian University, present

Member, Texas Restaurant Association, present

Former Member, Texas Water Development Board, 1994-2000

Board Member, Tarrant Regional Water District, 1990-1994

Former Board Member/President, Coca-Cola Bottlers Association

Former Board Member, North Fort Worth Business Association.

He served on the Texas Water Development Board from 1994 to 2000 and was Chairman of the Texas Resource Finance Authority for five of those years. Additionally, he was an elected member of the Tarrant Regional Water District Board of Directors, serving from 1990 to 1994. Mr. Geren also serves the State Preservation Board.

He is a trustee of Texas Christian University and is Vice President of the Southwestern Exposition & Livestock Show. From 1981 to 1990 he was a Deputy to the United States Marshals Service.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

Charlie Geren was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in November of 2000. Representative Geren currently serves as Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, and he is also a member of the Calendars, Licensing & Administrative Procedures, and State Affairs Committees. In previous sessions, he served on the House Committee on Redistricting, the Committee on Environmental Regulation, the Committee on Natural Resources, and the Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism.

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

Following the 82nd Legislative Session, Representative Geren was named by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the "Top 10 Texas Legislators," an honor he was also bestowed in 2005. Representative Geren was one of only a handful of members honored with the Champion for Free Enterprise award by the Texas Association of Business. His work on behalf of Texas business has also earned him the Guardian of Small Business and Most Valuable Player awards from the National Federation of Independent Business/Texas, as well as entry into the Texas Realtors Association's Hall of Fame. Representative Geren has been named a Texas Classroom Teachers Association Legislative Star. The Texas Farm Bureau has named Representative Geren a Star for Rural Texas in acknowledgment of his work on property rights and water resource issues, and recently made him the inaugural recipient of their True Agricultural Champion Award. He has been awarded the Director's Award from Texas Parks & Wildlife's Law Enforcement Division.

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