Texas House Member
Rep. Leman, Ben
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-5240 fax
401 South Austin Street
Brenham, Texas 77833
Bills Authored/Sponsored 85th Legislature:
Austin, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Lavaca, Washington
State Representative Ben Leman is a pro-life, pro-business, pro-gun rights Conservative. He is strongly opposed to illegal immigration, believes in low property taxes, has fought tirelessly for private property rights and he is a staunch supporter of traditional family values.
Representative Leman began his successful business career when he co-founded an oil and gas equipment manufacturing company in 1997. As CEO of Merrimac Manufacturing, Inc., he successfully navigated major growth rates on a very tight budget, growing the complex business ‘from just two of us in my mother’s garage’ to over 100 employees, 25 stocking locations around the world and a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in House District 13. Representative Leman sold the company in 2012 to a publicly traded company, where he continued to work for one more year.
In 2013, he shifted his focus toward his civic duty and announced his candidacy for Grimes County Judge to help prepare Grimes County for the rapid growth headed its way. Representative Leman won the Republican nomination for County Judge in 2014, then the General Election later that same year. As County Judge, he combined his business acumen with his conservative principles to do some great work for Grimes County. Among the successes during his three years in office were:
• proposed and passed a property tax cut 2 out of 3 years in office while continuing to reduce debt to an almost zero debt balance
• avoided any tax rate increases despite having a nearly $600,000 decrease in revenue in one of those years
• fought and defeated the proposed State Highway 249 toll road and successfully eliminated the toll in Grimes County
• developed and implemented a citizen-driven strategic plan for the County so the Commissioners Court could build consensus and prioritize their needs as the growth occurred
• developed and implemented an economic development plan for the County
• developed and implemented a performance review based compensation structure for all county personnel to ensure employees are responsive to citizens
Representative Leman is most known in public office for being a staunch defender of private property rights and an advocate for rural Texas. Representative Leman has earned national attention leading the effort against the proposed high-speed rail project in a very public fight both in his County Judge capacity as well as a co-founding member and Chairman of Texans Against High-Speed Rail. Representative Leman was born and raised in Magnolia, Texas. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance, and his wife Christie graduated from Texas A&M University with double major in Spanish and History. They married in 2004 and are blessed with four (4) children.
On May 31st 2018, Rep. Leman was sworn into office as State Representative of House District 13. He was appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on the House Energy Resources Committee, Special Purpose Districts Committee and House Administration Committee.
The Lemans are active members of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Anderson and currently reside within Grimes County. As a family they run a cattle operation, the kids show animals at the county fair, they are active in 4-H club, participate in youth sports (where Ben also coaches), and their kids help take care of the numerous animals on their property – horses, pigs, chickens and cows.
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