Craddick Praised for Leadership
Speaker in Chicago for American Legislative Exchange Council award
By Richard Whittaker,
4:45PM, Wed. Jul. 30, 2008
Speaker Tom Craddick needs to clear some space on the dresser: He's in Chicago today, receiving the William J. Raggio award from congenital freemarketeers the American Legislative Exchange Council for "Excellence in Leadership and Outstanding Service." Really.
The press release said that he was given the award because he overcame "a $10 billion budget shortfall, produced model ethics, insurance, tort and transportation reforms, made historic cuts in property taxes, restructured public school finance, and added urgent improvements to Texas' public schools." This ignores not only the open revolt in the last Lege session against his supposedy excellent leadership, but the fact that even many House Republicans have been desperately back-pedaling from the damage wrought by those very reforms. But, clap-clap, well done, always nice to be recognized.
Other guests at the ALEC meeting include
lead White House defense lawyer U.S. Attorney General Mike Mukasey, former U.S. Senator George "The M-Word" Allen and British Member of Parliament Liam Fox, a man whose biggest claim to fame before becoming the UK's Shadow Secretary of Defense was telling a racist joke about The Spice Girls. See below the fold for the full press release.
Craddick receives William J. Raggio Excellence in Leadership and Outstanding Service Award
(Chicago) - Speaker Tom Craddick, today, received the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) William J. Raggio Excellence in Leadership and Outstanding Service Award. The award is given to a leader who demonstrates a long-term commitment to serving others, while showing strong, small-government, Jeffersonian principles.
"Through his work with the American Legislative Exchange Council, Speaker Craddick has been a leader and a driving force in solidifying policy solutions and promoting ALEC principals and ideas," Arkansas State Senator Steve Faris, ALEC's 2008 National Chairman said. "He is a great example for all of us to emulate in our home states."
Speaker Craddick is a long-time member of ALEC and was recently elected national secretary of the executive board of directors. Since becoming a member of the executive board of directors in 2004, he has crafted model legislation, much of which has gone on to influence laws in Texas. ALEC has seen a dramatic rise in membership recruitment in Texas, due in large part to Speaker Craddick's efforts, making it one of ALEC's strongest states.
"It is an honor to receive this award," Speaker Craddick said. "My greatest privilege has been to serve the people of Texas, to ensure that their needs are met. Texas' best days are ahead, and I am proud that it is a place where people can prosper. I would like to thank Senator Feris, the ALEC Executive Board of Directors, the Texas state leadership and my constituents for their continuing support."
Speaker Craddick has been a member of the Texas House of Representatives since 1969. In 2003, he became the first republican speaker of the Texas House of Representatives in more than 130 years. Under his leadership, the Legislature has overcome a $10 billion budget shortfall, produced model ethics, insurance, tort and transportation reforms, made historic cuts in property taxes, restructured public school finance, and added urgent improvements to Texas' public schools.
Speaker Craddick is a sales representative for Mustang Mud, an oilfield supply company, he owns Craddick Properties, a Midland investment business, and he is president of Craddick, Inc. He and his wife, Nadine, have two children and two grandchildren.
The award was presented to the speaker at lunch today at ALEC's 35th Annual Meeting in Chicago.