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Texas Leadership Hall Of Fame

Tom Craddick

2011 Outstanding Texas Leader

Tom Craddick’s rise to the Speaker’s seat parallels the growth of the Republican Party in Texas. On January 11, 2003, he made state history when, subsequent to his 34-year tenure in the Texas House of Representatives, he became the first Republican Speaker—after helping gain the Republican Majority in the House—for the first time in more than 130 years.