Representative Allan Ritter is the president of Ritter Lumber Company and has represented HD-21 since 1999. He is the current chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources and sits on the Calendars and Technology, Economic Development & Workforce committees.
He cites as his legislative accomplishments his efforts to affect change in the areas of criminal justice, tax policy, economic development and higher education.
He was elected "Freshman of the Year" in 1999 in by his House colleagues and was recognized in 2003 as "Legislator of the Year" by the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas. He has received the "National State Legislator of the Year Award" from the National Home Builders Association and has also been recognized by the Texas Association of Professional Educators and the Texas Classroom Teachers Association.
He has also been named "Small Businessman of the Year" by the Nederland Chamber of Commerce.