Representative John Raney was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012, winning with 60 percent of the vote. Raney serves as vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Articles VI, VII & VIII and is a member of the House Appropriations, Higher Education and House Administration committees.
A long time resident of Brazos County, Raney graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1965 and is a member of the Class of '69 of Texas A&M University graduating with a BBA degree in Marketing. John founded Texas Aggieland Bookstore in 1969 while still attending Texas A&M. The many years of its successful operation are a testament to John's ability to run a small business.
John is a 36-year member of the National Federation of Independent Businesses and has served for a number of years on its' Texas Leadership Council. He also served a term as chairman of the Private Stores Committee of the National Association of College Stores. He is a long time member of the Texas Retailers Association, serving for many years on its' Board of Directors, taking an active role in its Tax and Legislative Committee. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee. Through John's involvement in these organizations he has testified before numerous legislative Committee Hearings in the Texas Legislature.
Raney has a long history of community involvement. A number of years ago, Raney served as Civic Division Vice-President of the BCS Chamber of Commerce. From 1971-1978 he served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Brazos County. Through the efforts of John and numerous others, Texas and Brazos County have become a conservative state and county. During the 70's John attended all Republican State Conventions and Chaired the Senatorial District Caucus. He also attended State Republican Executive Committee meetings and helped to direct the policy of the Republican Party of Texas.
John has been an active member of First United Methodist Church in Bryan for over fifty years and has served his church in leadership roles. For over 40 years John has been an active participant in various Masonic bodies in the Brazos Valley.
John Raney has been married to Elizabeth for 37 years. They have two daughters and sons-in-law and 6 grandchildren, all under the age of 6.
John began his involvement in politics in the early 70’s when he served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Brazos County. This was when there were only a handful of Republicans in Texas. During his tenure as Chairman, John also served as Civic Division Vice President of the Bryan College Station Chamber of Commerce, chaired Senatorial District 5 Caucus and began his almost four decade membership in the National Federation of Independent Business, including serving as a board member. John is a long time member of the Texas Retailers Association, serving for many years on its Board of Directors and taking an active role on its Tax and Legislative Committee and Executive Committee. In 2011, John Raney was named the Outstanding Member of the Texas Retailers Association. Through these roles, John has participated and testified in numerous committee hearings in the Texas Legislature.
While attending the Republican State Convention in 1972, John met his future wife, Elizabeth. They were married in 1974. John and Elizabeth have two daughters and sons-in-law, Beth and Grant Hawkins and Laura and Alex Scogin, and six grandchildren who are cherished by their Gigi and Papa. For over 50 years, the Raney’s have been active members and served in many leadership roles at First United Methodist Church in Bryan and for over 40 years John has been an active participant in various Masonic bodies in the Brazos Valley. John is very involved in Aggie sports and many community organizations.
John served in the Texas Army National Guard as 1st Lieutenant from 1969 to 1975. He was an honor graduate of the USAR Basic Course and is Airborne qualified.
Being a very strong fiscal and social conservative, and with his experience in small business and community affairs, John Raney will serve the State of Texas with dignity and integrity.
Rep. John Raney, District 14
Elect John Raney
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
4103 S. Texas Avenue
Bryan, TX 77802