Rep. Harvey Hilderbran will address the MCRW on September 15th, in the Stribling Room at the Mason County Library. Luncheon cost is $10.00 and begins at 12 noon. Reservations are required so please contact Maribel Hoerster, 429-6360 or Jerrie Owens, 347-5623 by Friday, September 10th. Everyone is invited to attend.
Rep. Harvey Hilderbran was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1988 and was most recently, re-elected in 2008 to serve the people of District 53.
Since January 2009, he has served as a committee member on State Affairs, Ways and Means, and Redistricting and most recently, appointed as chairman of the House Select Committee on Special Purpose Districts.
During the 80th Legislative Session, he served as chairman of the House Committee on Culture, Recreation and Tourism. As chairman of the committee, he authored a comprehensive funding bill aimed at restoring excellence to the state park system, as well as our state's historic sites. H.B. 12 provided approximately $182 million in additional funding in the 2008-2009 biennium for state and local parks. The substantial increase in funding is a huge step in the much-needed improvements in park repairs and operations.
Rep. Hilderbran was named "Legislator of the Year" in 2007 by the Texas Municipal League. He was also the recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Legislator Award by the Texas Recreation and Parks Society, and most recently was awarded the "Frank Madla Award" from the Texas Deer Association for Representative of the year.
During his tenure with the House of Representatives, Rep. Hilderbran served as chairman of the Human Services Committee for three sessions. During that time he wrote and passed 1995's landmark welfare reform legislation. In 1997, he was instrumental in passing the state's most significant legislation protecting residents of Texas nursing homes.
Rep. Hilderbran was the 1999 recipient of the Bob Bullock Award for Outstanding Public Stewardship and the 2004 recipient of the Vietnam Veterans of America Texas State Council's Legislator of the Year Award. He was named Freshman of the Year by the Young Conservatives of Texas, and also won the Legislative Courage Award for his involvement in school finance reform. In 200l, he was named Legislator of the Year by Texas Young Republicans. In 2003, he created the Hilderbran Scholars Fund.
His first public policy assignment was service as a congressional legislative assistant for agriculture and small business issues in Washington D.C. in the mid-1980's. He later served as assistant director of state affairs for the Texas Farm Bureau, where he concentrated his efforts on property and water rights.
In the private sector, Rep. Hilderbran has worked in real estate, ranching, advertising and business management and marketing. Born in Uvalde in 1960, he is a 1983 graduate of Texas Tech University. He lives with his wife, Tracy, and their two daughters in Kerrville, where they are members of St. Peter's Church.