Harvey Hilderbran – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Previous Candidate for Comptroller Of Public Accounts, Texas

Republican Party of Texas
PO Box 294270Kerrville, TX 78029
(830) 257-2333
Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Harvey Hilderbran was born and raised in Uvalde, TX. He and his wife, Tracy, live with their two daughters in Kerrville, TX.

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

BA, Political Science, Texas Technical University, 1983

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

In the private sector, Rep. Hilderbran has worked in real estate, ranching, advertising and business management and marketing.

Military (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, type and date of discharge)


Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Board of Directors, Kerr County Economic Development

Member, National Rifle Association

Member, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

Assistant Director/State Affairs, Texas Farm Bureau

Member, Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association

Member, Texas Wildlife Association

Executive Director, Exotic Wildlife Association, 1992.

In 2003, he created the Hilderbran Scholars Fund to award deserving high school graduates from District 53.

Hilderbran is a member of the Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC), where he served on the Board from 1991-1997. TCC named Hilderbran a ‘courageous conservative’ in 2013 for his work during the regular and special sessions. Hilderbran was an inaugural board member of the Tea Party Caucus, which was formed in 2011, and is also a member of the rural and conservative caucuses.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

Harvey Hilderbran was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1988 and was most recently re-elected in 2012 to serve the people of District 53.

Harvey has served as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee for the past two legislative sessions. In that leadership role, he chairs the committee which deals with all legislation relating to the state’s tax code. During the 80th Legislative Session, he served as chairman of the House Committee on Culture, Recreation and Tourism. Additionally, Hilderbran served as chairman of the Human Services Committee for three sessions.

Hilderbran also previously served as a member of the Natural Resources Committee, which oversees the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as it relates to the regulation of water resources, and the Texas Water Development Board. He served as co-chairman, along with Sen. Kip Averitt, of the legislative oversight committee for the Edwards Aquifer Authority. He was chairman of the select committee on special purpose districts. The committee reviews and makes recommendations for improving public accountability and transparency in the governance and operation of special purpose districts. In addition, the committee studied the effect multiple and overlapping special purpose districts have on taxpayers.

In 2001 Hilderbran was Vice Chair of the House Republican Caucus, and he previously served as House Republican Whip and Communications Chair.

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)

Saint Peter's Church.

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

In 2013, the Texas Association of Business gave Hilderbran a 100 percent vote rating, indicating the he always supported small business on their issues during the regular and special sessions. In early 2012, NFIB/Texas presented Hilderbran with the Guardian Award to recognize his support of small businesses. He also received the award, which is the highest honor NFIB grants to legislators, in 2010. In 2011, the Texas Municipal League named Hilderbran a Legislator of the Year - an award the league also bestowed upon him in 2007. The Texas Association of Business named Hilderbran as a "Fighter for Free Enterprise" in 2011 and 2009. He also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Association of Counties in 2011. Hilderbran was named to the Texas Association of REALTORS Legislative Hall of Fame in 2009, 2007, and 2005. The Texas Deer Association awarded him the Frank Madla Award for Representative of the Year in 2008, and the Texas Recreation and Parks Society honored him with the Distinguished Legislator Award in 2006. Hilderbran is also the 2004 recipient of the Vietnam Veterans of America – Texas State Council’s Legislator of the Year Award. He was named Legislator of the Year by the Texas Young Republicans in 2001, was the 1999 recipient of the Bob Bullock Award for Outstanding Public Stewardship, and was named Freshman of the Year by the Young Conservatives of Texas. Hilderbran also won the Legislative Courage Award for his involvement in school finance reform.

Reasons & Objectives
Areas to Concentrate On


Source: Hilderbran (02/12/2014)

Goals If Elected


Performance Please for the People of Texas

1. Instill "Rapid-Response Customer Service"

2. Interest-Rate Parity

3. Protect our state from the IRS

4. Taxpayer Bill of Rights

5. Conduct more Performance Reviews

6. Protect Texans' Personal Data

7. Continue and Expand Transparency Initiative

8. Improve Revenue Estimates

Source: Hilderbran (02/12/2014)

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