Personal Profile

Full Name John Whitmire
Age 66
Hometown Houston
Race White
Occupation Attorney
Education B.A., University of Houston; J.D., University of Houston.

John Whitmire is the Texas State Senator for District 15, first elected in 1982.

He is serving as the chair of the Criminal Justice Committee. He also sits on the Business & Commerce and Finance committees, as well as the
Select Committee on Government Facilities.

Whitmire ranks first in seniority and serves as the dean of the Texas Senate. He previously served on the Administration Committee and the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Fiscal Matters. He also served as a member of the Legislative Budget Board.

Whitmire previously served 10 years in the Texas House of Representatives before his election to the senate. He a Hillsboro native and works as an attorney of counsel to the law firm Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP.

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.

Information in this bio was provided by Whitmire's office.
Last updated: March 22, 2015.