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Rep. Deshotel, Joe

District 22

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Capitol Address:

Room GW.12

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0662

(512) 463-8381 Fax

District Address:

One Plaza Square, Suite 203

Port Arthur, TX 77642

(409) 724-0788

(409) 724-0750 Fax

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Jefferson (part)

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Biography

JOSEPH DWAIN DESHOTEL

Deshotel represents the 22nd Legislative District, which comprises most of Jefferson County. He is an attorney, businessman and life-long resident of Beaumont. Having served in the Texas Legislature for the past 20 years Deshotel has developed a mastery of the legislative process and having served on the leadership teams of the current and previous speaker, he has a working relationship with a vast array of business sectors of Texas. Below is his most recent appointments within the Texas House of Representatives:

In the 80th Legislative Session, Representative Deshotel was appointed to serve as Chairman of the House Economic Development Committee. This committee assignment ensures that job creation and the increased vitalization of the technology industry receive proper attention during the legislative process. He was also reappointed to the Transportation Committee and the Redistricting Committee. Speaker Craddick also appointed Representative Deshotel to the Select Committee for Hurricane Ike Devastation.

In the 81st Legislative Session Representative Deshotel was appointed Chairman of the Business and Industry Committee, the Insurance Committee and the Committee on Redistricting. Both the Business and Industry and Insurance have significant impact on the Texas economy.

In the 82nd Legislative Session Representative Deshotel retained his Chairmanship of the Business and Industry Committee and was also appointed to the Culture Recreation and Tourism Committee, formally The Parks and Wildlife Committee.

In the 83th Legislative Session Representative Deshotel was appointed Chairman of the Land and Resource Management Committee and member of the Public Education Committee where he Joint Authored House Bill 5 which made sweeping changes to Texas High School curriculum and testing. He was also appointed Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Coastal Barrier System, member of the Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives and the Select Committee on Redistricting.

In the 84th Legislative Session Representative Deshotel was reappointed Chairman of the Land and Resource Management Committee and the Public Education Committee where he successfully passed bills enhancing early childhood education. He also served on the Public Education Sub-Committee on Education Quality.

In the 85th Legislative Session Representative Deshotel was appointed to Chairmanship of the House Select Committee on Texas Ports Innovation and Infrastructure. He was a member of the Public Education; Economic and Small Business Development Committee; and Joint Committee on Coastal Barrier System.

In the 86th Legislative Session Representative Deshotel was appointed to one of the most coveted committees, the House Calendars, which gave him the opportunity to help structure the items brought to the House Floor for debate. He also serves on the Human Services Committee and State Affairs Committee. During the 86th interim, he was re-appointed to be a member of the Joint Committee on Coastal Barrier System.


Prior to serving in the legislature, Representative Deshotel served on the Beaumont City Council and was appointed by Governor Mark White to the Job Training Coordinating Council and Lamar University Board of Regents. He has a strong record as a champion of civil rights and civic responsibility, organizing Lamar University's first NAACP chapter. Joe also served as Vice-President for Administration and Legal Counsel of Lamar University-Beaumont. Representative Deshotel brings experience, insight and knowledgeable leadership to the issue of public education and economic development.

In addition to Deshotel’s legislative background he has been licensed to practice law in Texas for 35 years. His practice included personal injury, domestic relations and title insurance.

Other volunteer, elected and appointed positions:
• United States Air Force Reserves. Honorable Discharge. Technical Sergeant
• State Job Training Coordinating Council. Member, appointed by Governor Mark White.
• Beaumont City Council. Ward 3
• Beaumont City Council At-large
• Mayor Pro Tem City of Beaumont
• Lamar University Board of Regents, appointed by Governor Mark White (Past)
• Communities in School State Board Member (Past)
• Communities in School Foundation Board Member (Past)
• Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission 1 st Vice-President. (Past)
• Vice-President for Administration and Legal Counsel, Lamar University. Beaumont. (Past)
• State Bar of Texas. Agriculture Law Committee. (Past)
• Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Member.
• NAACP. Life Member.
• Texas Association of Trial Lawyers. Member.
• National Home Builders Association. Member. (Past)
• Jefferson County Bar Association. Board of Directors. (Past)
• National Assn of College and University Attorney's, Conference Planning Committee. (Past)
• The Baptist Hospital System. Board of Advisors. (Past)
• National Organization on Legal Problems in Education. (Past)
• Our Mother of Mercy School. School Board President. (Past)
• Our Mother of Mercy Parish Council. (Past)
• Distinguished Graduate. Our Mother of Mercy School
• Monsignor Kelly High School. School Board President. (Past)
• Jefferson County Red Cross. Board of Directors. (Past)
• Jefferson County 100 Club. Board of Directors. (Past)
• Knights of Saint Peter Claver. Board of Directors. Legal Counsel (Past)
• Sigma Pi Phi

Joe representa al Distrito Legislativo 22, que incluye partes de los condados de Jefferson y Orange. Es abogado, hombre de negocios y residente de toda la vida de Beaumont. El representante Deshotel ha estado casado durante treinta y un años con Claudia Darjean, de Opelousas, Louisiana. Es padre de W. Joseph Deshotel.

Antes de servir en la Legislatura, Deshotel formó parte del Consejo Municipal de la ciudad de Beaumont y fue designado por el gobernador Mark White al Consejo Coordinador de Capacitación Laboral y al Consejo de Regentes de la Universidad de Lamar. Allí organizó la primera división activa de la NAACP en la Universidad de Lamar, y contribuyó al cambio de nombre del Spur 380 a Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway. Sirvió también como vicepresidente para asuntos administrativos y abogado de la Universidad de Lamar en Beaumont.

Es egresado de la Universidad de Lamar y recibió su diploma de abogado de la Facultad de Derecho Thurgood Marshall de la Universidad del Sur de Texas. Su extensa carrera de servicio público comenzó como miembro del Consejo Municipal de Beaumont y fue electo por primera vez a Legislatura Estatal 76.° en 1998.

Al finalizar la 76.° sesión de la Legislatura, el Grupo de Estudios Legislativos, el mayor bloque del Estado, le otorgó el Galardón Estrella Emergente, que sólo le fue otorgado a tres de los veinticinco nuevos representantes de la Cámara y que se otorga para reconocer la dedicación y los logros sobresalientes en su primer período.

En la sesión legislativa 77.°, sus colegas en la Asamblea Legislativa Afroamericana lo eligieron presidente de ese grupo.

En la sesión legislativa 78.°, Deshotel sirvió en el Comité de Asignaciones Presupuestarias, que es la rama de la Cámara que elabora los presupuestos. También fungió como vicepresidente para Calendarios Locales y de Consentimiento, presidente para la supervisión presupuestaria del Comité de Elecciones de la Cámara y en el Comité Selecto de Asignaciones Presupuestarias para Cuidado de la Salud del Estado.

En la sesión legislativa 79.°, Deshotel fue nombrado a los Comités de Desarrollo Económico, de Transporte y de Redistribución de Distritos Legislativos.

En la sesión legislativa 80.°, fue designado presidente del Comité de Desarrollo Económico de la Cámara de Representantes.

“Ser designado presidente del Comité para el Desarrollo Económico es importante para el Este de Texas”, manifestó Deshotel. “Esta asignación asegura que la creación de empleos y la creciente vitalidad de la industria tecnológica local recibirán la debida atención durante el proceso legislativo”.

En la sesión legislativa 81.°, Deshotel fue nombrado presidente del Comité de Industria y Comercio de la Cámara, puesto que ha ejercido hasta el presente.

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