H.C.R. No. 90
                              HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
    1-1        WHEREAS, The members of the Texas Legislature are proud to
    1-2  honor Congressman Jack Brooks for more than four decades of
    1-3  outstanding service in the U.S. House of Representatives; and
    1-4        WHEREAS, A native of Crowley, Louisiana, Congressman Brooks
    1-5  was born December 18, 1922, and moved with his family to Beaumont
    1-6  as a child; in his youth, he worked as a reporter for the Beaumont
    1-7  Enterprise and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from The
    1-8  University of Texas at Austin in 1943; and
    1-9        WHEREAS, This patriotic Texan enlisted in the U.S. Marine
   1-10  Corps during World War II and bravely served his country while
   1-11  stationed in Guadalcanal, Guam, Okinawa, and North China; following
   1-12  his discharge from active duty with the rank of first lieutenant,
   1-13  he continued to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, retiring
   1-14  with the rank of colonel in 1972; and
   1-15        WHEREAS, After World War II, Congressman Brooks returned to
   1-16  Texas and embarked on a remarkable career of public service that
   1-17  began in 1946 with his election to the Texas House of
   1-18  Representatives, where he completed two successful terms while
   1-19  earning a law degree from The University of Texas at Austin; and
   1-20        WHEREAS, Congressman Brooks was first elected to the U.S.
   1-21  House of Representatives in 1952 and was reelected to 20 successive
   1-22  terms in office; in 1979 he became the dean of the Texas delegation
   1-23  in Congress, a title bestowed on the delegation member with the
   1-24  longest tenure of service; and
    2-1        WHEREAS, This dedicated public servant has earned the lasting
    2-2  respect of his colleagues over the years through his adroit
    2-3  chairmanship of a number of prominent committees including the
    2-4  House Committee on the Judiciary, the House Committee on Government
    2-5  Operations, the House Subcommittee on Government Activities, and
    2-6  the Joint Committee on Congressional Operations; and
    2-7        WHEREAS, A member of the Judiciary Committee since 1955, he
    2-8  has played a pivotal role in several legislative landmarks over the
    2-9  course of the past few decades, having assisted in the drafting of
   2-10  the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, led
   2-11  the investigation into expenditures of public funds by President
   2-12  Richard Nixon, and participated in the impeachment proceedings that
   2-13  led to the former president's resignation; and
   2-14        WHEREAS,  In addition, Congressman Brooks has served as a
   2-15  valued member of the Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms
   2-16  Transactions with Iran, the House Select Committee on Narcotics
   2-17  Abuse and Control, and as a longtime member of the North Atlantic
   2-18  Assembly; recognized as a respected voice within the Democratic
   2-19  Party, he also has served as a delegate to the House Democratic
   2-20  Steering and Policy Committee; and
   2-21        WHEREAS, Throughout his exemplary career, Congressman Brooks
   2-22  has consistently sought to promote cost-reduction strategies and
   2-23  economy and efficiency in governmental affairs, and he has
   2-24  successfully guided numerous measures designed to achieve these
   2-25  worthy goals through the legislative process to passage; among his
   2-26  greatest achievements in this regard have been the Competition in
   2-27  Contracting Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, and legislation to
    3-1  establish the Office of Federal Procurement Policy; and
    3-2        WHEREAS,  Congressman Brooks also has been instrumental in
    3-3  securing many vital public improvement projects for Texas, having
    3-4  served as a strong advocate for the construction of the Sam Rayburn
    3-5  Dam and Reservoir and obtained funding for the completion of such
    3-6  significant projects as the Big Hill Strategic Petroleum Reserve
    3-7  and extensive improvements to deepwater shipping channels; and
    3-8        WHEREAS, At home in Texas, Congressman Brooks and his wife,
    3-9  Charlotte, are cherished residents of Beaumont who celebrated their
   3-10  44th wedding anniversary on December 15; the couple are the proud
   3-11  parents of three children, Jack Edward (Jeb), Katherine Inez
   3-12  (Kate), and Kimberly Grace (Kim); and
   3-13        WHEREAS,  Congressman Brooks has presided over a wealth of
   3-14  legislative accomplishments during his extraordinary career and has
   3-15  served his constituents with the utmost integrity and distinction;
   3-16  at this time, it is indeed fitting that we honor this distinguished
   3-17  statesman and fellow Texan for his lasting contributions to the
   3-18  citizens of our state; now, therefore, be it
   3-19        RESOLVED, That the 74th Legislature of the State of Texas,
   3-20  Regular Session, 1995, hereby commend Congressman Jack Brooks for
   3-21  his many years of outstanding public service to his state and
   3-22  nation; and, be it further
   3-23        RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
   3-24  prepared for Congressman Brooks as an expression of highest regard
   3-25  by the Legislature of the State of Texas.