Personal Profile

Full Name Kel Seliger
Age 61
Hometown Amarillo
Race White
Occupation Steel Service Centers, Lake Steel, Inc
Education Dartmouth College
Spouse: Nancy

Kel Seliger was first sworn in to the Texas Senate in 2004 following a special election and was reelected in 2008 to represent SD-31 for a second, four-year term.

Sen. Seliger serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Higher Education Education. He also serves on the Finance, Natural Resources, and Open Government committees.

Seliger has served as vice chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice and International Relations and Trade committees. He is also been a member of the Joint Criminal Justice Legislative Oversight Committee.

Born in Amarillo and raised in Borger, Seliger is a graduate of Borger public schools and Dartmouth College. He is co-owner and executive vice-president of Lake Steel, Incorporated, a steel service center. He is also a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor.

Seliger was also appointed by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to The Energy Council, and serves as vice chairman of the National Conference of State Legislatures' Law and Criminal Justice Committee. Gov. Rick Perry appointed Seliger to the Crime Victims Institute Advisory Board at Sam Houston State University.

Seliger was awarded the Texas Municipal League “Distinguished Legislative Service Award” and the “Rural Legislator of the Year Award” from the Association of Rural Communities in Texas. The Texas chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business recognized Seliger with its “Guardian of Small Business Award,” and he was presented with the "Smart on Crime Award” by the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. In 2007, Seliger received the “Helen Farabee Leadership Award” from the Texas Perinatal Association and was recognized by the Texas Association of Business as a "Fighter for Free Enterprise." He was also the recipient of the "Golden Apple," the highest award given by the Texas Association of Mid-Size Schools.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Seliger served four terms as Mayor of Amarillo, and was a member of the Amarillo City Commission and the Amarillo Civil Service Commission. In 2002, he was appointed to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission by Gov. Rick Perry. Seliger is currently a member of the National Rifle Association, the Texas Farm Bureau, and the Harley-Davidson Owners Group.

He and his wife Nancy live in Amarillo. They have two sons, Matthew and Jonathan.