Representative Gary Elkins is a business consultant first elected to represent HD-135 in 1995. He currently serves as vice chairman of the Business and Industry Committee and also sits on the Human Services Committee.
His previous committee assignments include positions on the Financial Institutions, State Affairs, Calendars, Local Government, Ways and Means, Rules and Resolutions; State, Federal, and International Relations and House Administration committees.
A native of Houston, Elkins graduated from Bellaire High School in 1974 and worked his way through college at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie where he earned a B.S. in practical theology. Elkins returned to Houston and worked in real estate before starting his own business, Personal Credit Corporation.
Elkins has been recognized by The Texas Eagle Forum and The Free Enterprise PAC as one of the most conservative legislators, and was named a "Texas Taxpayer Hero" and a "Texas Taxpayer Advocate" by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. He has also been honored as a "Fighter for Free Enterprise" by the Texas Association of Business.
Representative Elkins lives in Jersey Village and is married to the former Julie Ann Brown. Together they have four children and three grandchildren.