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Senator Hancock Elected Republican Caucus Chairman

February 2, 2015

AUSTIN – Today, Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) was named Chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus. Hancock’s colleagues elected him to the leadership role in a unanimous vote of confidence at the State Capitol.

“It’s an honor to serve as Chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus for the 84th Legislative Session,” said Hancock. “I look forward to working diligently on common sense, conservative issues with Vice Chairman Brandon Creighton and other members of the Caucus. We know the people of Texas have spoken loud and clear about the way our state government should function, and we intend to act.”

The Senate Republican Caucus meets regularly throughout each legislative session to discuss policy positions and prepare for floor votes. As Chairman, Senator Hancock will work to build consensus within the caucus membership and serve as a resource for his Republican colleagues.


Senator Hancock represents Senate District 9, which includes portions of Dallas and Tarrant Counties.

Senator Kelly Hancock announces re-election campaign citing common-sense conservative leadership for North Texas

September 30, 2013

Contact: Ann-Marie Craig

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS – Senator Kelly Hancock today announced his intention to run for re-election in Texas Senate District 9 (SD 9) and pledged to represent the citizens of Tarrant and Dallas counties with common-sense conservative leadership on the economic, social and public safety issues important to North Texans.

“I ran for the Texas Senate promising to be conservative with Texas’s finances, to guard against burdensome government regulations that strangle job-creators, and to help protect the health and safety of our communities by supporting law enforcement, border security and better road and water infrastructure. I carried those conservative principles onto the floor of the Texas Senate, and championed limited and effective state government, without raising taxes on employers and families.

“I now ask my friends and neighbors in Senate District 9 to allow me to continue that conservative leadership in the Texas Capitol as our state addresses job and population growth and manages demands on our budget, infrastructure, schools and communities with a balanced budget and limited resources.”

Senator Hancock is recognized in 2013 by the Texas Conservative Coalition as a “Courageous Conservative,” and by the Texas Conservative Roundtable as a “Lone Star Conservative Leader.” He was in the top four most fiscally conservative Senators on the Texans for Fiscal Responsibility 2013 Senate Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Governor Rick Perry said, “Kelly Hancock is one of the most effective conservatives in Texas, working to encourage job creation, protect Texas values and limit the size and cost of government. He is an asset to our state, our party and to the cause of freedom in the Lone Star State.”

In recent years, Hancock has been named “Legislator of the Year” by the Texas Fire Chiefs Association, and received the “Katie Sherrod Advocacy Award” for advocating for victims of domestic violence. He was named “Champion for Free Enterprise” by the Texas Association of Business and a “Taxpayer Hero” by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.

Texas lawmakers mix pie with politics

March 11, 2013

AUSTIN (KXAN) – From bluebonnets to jalapeños, Texas has a whole list of state symbols. But believe it or not, that list does not include an official pie. But that could change if a group of determined school children have their way.

“Hello, my name is Jude Webster,” the first-grader said, as he pushed opened the door to a Texas lawmaker’s office. “We are from Ford Elementary in Georgetown. Is Senator Hancock available?”

Jude has become a pro at sweet-talking senators after spending a day at the Capitol. He and his class visited the offices of every member of the Administration Committee on Monday with a delicious prop for their lobbying efforts.

“A lot of other states have desserts but not Texas,” Jude explained to one of Hancock’s staffers, as he waited for the lawmaker to end a phone call in the other room.

The project began with his classmate Diego Rodriguez researching Texas facts. “I asked my dad why we didn’t have an official dessert, and now we’ve made it this far,” Diego said.

The students soon sat down to decide which pie should be pitched to lawmakers.

“Since the pecan and the pecan tree are state symbols, I think it would fit in perfectly,” Ashlyn Clawson said.

As Hancock emerged, the class’s plan began to fall into place. Jude opened the box to reveal a freshly baked pecan pie.

“I hope you vote for the pecan pie to become a state symbol,” Jude said.

“Well, I thought it was a state symbol,” Hancock replied. “It surely should be.” After delivering the rest of the pies, the class made its way to the committee’s hearing, where they testified in favor of SCR 12 – a measure that would give their project a passing grade.

“There are two people in my life that love pecan pie – my mom and my grandpa,” Jude told the committee members, including Hancock. “My grandpa would be so proud of Texas.”

By unanimous approval, the committee approved the resolution, which will soon hit the full Senate for a vote.

Senator Kelly Hancock receives committee assignments

January 18, 2013

AUSTIN — Senator Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, has been appointed by Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst to serve as Vice Chairman of the Senate Economic Development Committee.

Hancock will also sit on the following committees: Business and Commerce, Jurisprudence, Transportation and Senate Administration.

“The committee assignments announced today reflect the priorities of Senate District 9,” Senator Hancock said. “I am grateful to Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst for recognizing the needs of Tarrant and Dallas counties and their desire for conservative leadership.”

Hancock Elected State Senator, District 9

November 6, 2012


CONTACT: Amy Ellsworth • 512-809-6367 •

Kelly Hancock made the following announcement after Senate District 9 voters chose him as their new State Senator:

“A heartfelt thank you to the voters in Senate District 9. You can be sure I will continue working hard to be an effective voice for you in our State’s Capitol. I will take our values to the State Senate, so we can create more jobs, keep the budget balanced without increasing taxes, and protect our individual freedoms,” Hancock said. “I also want to acknowledge the many volunteers, friends, and my family whose efforts allowed us to cross the finish line strong. And finally, a special thanks to my wife, Robin, and our kids for everything they have done throughout this journey.”

Hancock was first elected to the Texas House in 2006, and is Chairman of the Republican Caucus Policy Committee. Prior to his service in the Texas Legislature, Hancock spent 13 years on the Birdville ISD School Board. He owns Advanced Chemical Logistics, his family-founded company. Kelly and his wife, Robin, have been married 25 years and have three children.


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