P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0902 Fax
Bowie County Courthouse
710 James Bowie Drive
New Boston, Texas 75570
Dr. Gary VanDeaver is serving his first term as State Representative for Texas House District 1, which includes Bowie, Lamar, Franklin, and Red River counties. He is a member of the Public Education Committee and the Appropriations Committee, which is charged with the important responsibility of writing the state budget.
Raised on a small family cattle operation near Clarksville, Texas, in Red River County, Gary learned the importance of a strong work ethic, a love for the land, and faith in God from an early age.
Inspired by a deep-seated belief in serving others and investing in our rising generation, Gary embarked on a 33-year career as an educator. After beginning his career as a vocational agriculture teacher, he became a school principal and completed a Doctorate in Educational Administration. He most recently served as Superintendent of New Boston Independent School District before his election to the Texas House in 2014.
Traditional values and a commitment to service continue to drive Gary in his daily work on behalf of the families and communities of his district.
During his first term in the House, Gary helped to draft a responsible state budget that holds overall state spending below the rate of inflation and population growth, while also providing additional funds to meet our growing state's pressing needs. These include new resources for public schools, fully funding the health care program for Texas retired teachers, and new funds for higher education, transportation, Child Protective Services, and enhanced security along the Texas-Mexico border.
This was all possible while also protecting the state's $11 billion Rainy Day Fund, and leaving nearly $4 billion unspent to return to taxpayers in the form of property tax relief and reducing the state franchise tax.
Gary authored seven bills and co-authored another 14 bills that recently became law. These include new laws that will continue to chip away at the role of high stakes testing in our public schools, reduce duplicative paperwork, improve the distribution of state funds for instructional materials, and also improve the school accountability system. Gary's legislative accomplishments also include a new border security plan and new legal protections for religious freedom, human life, and the Second Amendment.
Gary and his wife, Pam, have been married for 31 years. Their two grown daughters carry on the family tradition of public service as a schoolteacher and criminal prosecutor. Locally, Gary is involved with the Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club, having served as president of both. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Texas FFA, Red River County Farm Bureau, Bogata Rodeo Association, and Red River County Fair Association. The VanDeavers are members of the First Baptist Church of New Boston, where Gary serves as a deacon and teaches adult Sunday School.last updated on 09/16/2015