Personal Profile

Full Name Craig Eiland
Age 53
Race White
Occupation Attorney
Education B.B.A., Baylor University; J.D., Baylor University
Spouse: Melissa
Religion Methodist
Church Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church (Galveston)

Representative Craig Eiland is an attorney first elected to the represent HD-23 in 1995. Eiland currently seves as vice-chairman of the Insurance Committee, and is a member of the Ways & Means and Calendars (Procedural) committees.

He was appointed Speaker Pro Tempore during the 81st Legislative Session and is a past member of the House Appropriations Committee, where he served as chairman of the Hurricane Subcommittee and was a member of the Stimulus and Health and Human Services subcommittees.

He graduated from Stanton High School in 1981 and went on to attend Baylor University where he lettered in football and graduated in 1984 with a B.B.A. Eiland then continued his education at Baylor School of Law where he earned his J.D. in 1987.

In February of 1988, Craig settled in Galveston. He opened his own law practice in 1992 with offices in Galveston and Houston.

Eiland’s recent legislative focus has been working to help Galveston and Chambers counties in their recovery efforts following Hurricane Ike’s landfall in September 2008. He is part of the Galveston delegation that testified before the National Senate Committee hearing on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and the Subcommittee on Disaster Relief for Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. He sits on the Texas House Select Committee on Hurricane Ike Devastation.

Eiland is a member and former president of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators, and the former chairman of the NCOIL’s Property and Casualty and State/Federal Relations committees. He is the current the chairman of the organization’s Committee on International Issues.

Eiland was awarded the “Legislative Superstar Award” by Texas Watch for his work during the 80th legislative session. He has been recognized three times by Texas Monthly magazine and named to the publication’s "Ten Best Legislators."

Eiland has been awarded the Texas Medical Association's “Friend of Medicine Award” and the American Cancer Society's “Texas Advocacy Award” twice. He has been recognized as “Legislator of the Year” by the Texas Hospital Association, the Texas Child Welfare Board, the Texas Chapter of the National Association of the Mentally Ill, and the United Way of Texas and Lutheran Homes.

Eiland's efforts have also been recognized by The Texas Association of Builders, The Boys and Girls Club, The Surfsiders' Foundation, Texas A&M University, Texas Southern University, Baylor University and The University of Houston.

Eiland has been named "Citizen of the Year" by the Galveston Daily News and honored with the American Hero Award by He has also been recognized by the Texas Retired Teacher's Association.

Eiland and his wife Melissa have four children, Blake, Tucker, and twins Gray and Delaney.