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Gary VanDeaver

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Gary VanDeaver
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Texas House of Representatives, District 1
In office
January 13, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Gary VanDeaver, Ed.D. is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.


VanDeaver graduated from East Texas State University, now known as Texas A&M University-Commerce. His professional experience includes working as the superintendent of the New Boston Independent School District and as a teacher of vocational agriculture.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, VanDeaver served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2015
Public Education


Campaign themes


VanDeaver's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

You can trust Gary to:
  • Fight for low taxes and smaller government
  • Oppose Obamacare in Texas and federal intrusion into our lives
  • Protect the Second Amendment
  • Defend the sanctity of human life and traditional marriage
  • Improve roads, infrastructure, and schools to grow our local economy
  • Stand up to the political insiders and champion local control[3]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Gary VanDeaver defeated incumbent George Lavender in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[4][5][6]


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VanDeaver and his wife, Pam, have two daughters. He has been a member of the Bogata Rodeo Association, National Rifle Association, Red River County Fair Association and the Board of Directors of the Texas Future Farmers of America, and the president of the New Boston Lions Club and the New Boston Chamber of Commerce.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
George Lavender (R)
Texas House of Representatives District 1
Succeeded by