Senator John Whitmire is attorney of counsel to the law firm Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP elected to represent SD-15 in 1982. A native of Hillsboro, Texas, Whitmire previously served 10 years in the Texas House before his election to the senate.
Whitmire ranks first in seniority and serves as the dean of the Texas Senate. He is the chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and serves as a member of the Senate Administration, Business & Commerce, Finance committees and the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Matters. He is also a member of the Legislative Budget Board.
Whitmire has served on the State Pension Review Board since his appointment to the post in 1996 by former Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock. He is also a member of the State Energy Council, the Criminal Justice Legislative Oversight Committee, and the Joint Committee on the Operation and Management of the Texas Youth Commission.
As chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee from 1993 to 1999, Whitmire authored the complete rewriting of the Texas Penal Code.
Whitmire graduated from Houston's Waltrip High School and subsequently earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Houston. He is an alumnus of Bates College of Law and was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1981. He has two daughters, Whitney and Sarah Whitmire.