Kel Seliger was sworn in to the Texas Senate on Texas Independence Day, March 2, 2004 after a special election, and was reelected to serve a full, four-year term later that year on November 4, 2004. The district spans 26 counties from the Panhandle to the Permian Basin and includes Amarillo, Midland, Odessa and Big Spring.
He and his wife Nancy reside in Amarillo, and have two sons, Jonathan and Matthew.
BA, Dartmouth College.
Owner, Steel Service Centers, Lake Steel, Incorporated.
Co-Chair, American Legislative Exchange Council
Member, Advisory Board, Crime Victims Institute
Member, Energy Council
Member, Owners Group, Harley-Davidson
Member, High-Level Radioactive Waste Working Group
Member, National Rifle Association (NRA)
Member, Texas Farm Bureau
Senator, Texas State Senate, 2004-present
Won Special Election, Texas State Senate, 2004
Mayor, Amarillo, TX
City Commissioner, Amarillo, TX.
Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst appointed Senator Seliger to serve as Chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee for the 83rd Legislature. Senator Seliger currently serves on the Senate Education Committee, Senate Finance Committee, Senate Committee on Natural Resources, and the Senate Committee on Open Government.
In the interim following the 82nd Legislature, Lt. Governor Dewhurst appointed Seliger to serve on the Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence & Transparency, as well as the newly created Joint Interim Committee to Study the Public School Finance System.
During the 82nd Legislative Session, Senator Seliger served as Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting. In addition, Senator Seliger continued to be a key leader in the area of groundwater policy. As a member of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, Senator Seliger advanced measures to improve the process for establishing desired future conditions and the management of priority groundwater management area matters. He also played a key role as a member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Public School Finance.
Senator Seliger is privileged to be the recipient of the Bell Helicopter 2012 Legislative Leadership Award, the Texas Municipal League's 2011 Legislator of the Year, the Texas District and County Attorneys Association's 2009 Law and Order Award, Legislator of the Year 2009 from the Associated Security Services and Investigators of the State of Texas and the citizens of Odessa honored him with the 2009 Heritage of Odessa Foundation Community Statesman Award in Government. The Texas Association of Business recently recognized Senator Seliger a third time as a Fighter for Free Enterprise for his steadfast support of policies that encourage and promote a healthy business climate in Texas.