Personal Profile

Full Name Royce West
Age 62
Hometown Dallas
Race Black
Occupation Managing Partner, West & Associates L.L.P.
Education B.A., University of Texas at Arlington; M.A., University of Texas at Arlington; J.D., University of Houston
Spouse: Carol
Religion Baptist
Church Good Street Baptist Church (Dallas)

Senator Royce West is a Dallas-based attorney first elected to represent SD-23 in 1993. He currently serves as chairman of the Jurisprudence Committee and serves on the Higher Education, Education, Finance, and Health & Human Services committees. He also serves on the Education Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference and the standing committee on Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce of the National Conference of State Legislature. He was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Education Commission of the States and has served as President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate.

In 1997, West was appointed Chairman of the Senate Interim Committee on Gangs and Juvenile Justice by the late Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock.

West cites as his legislative accomplishments his efforts to establish in statute the University of North Texas at Dallas and operationally, the University of North Texas-Dallas Campus; creating the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center at Prairie View A&M University, enhancing funding for at-risk youth programs and creating a zero-tolerance law for minors who drink and drive. He has successfully fought for stiffer penalties for adults who sell or provide alcohol to minors and for greater compensation to victims of violent crime.

West was named by Texas Monthly as one of the 25 Most Powerful People in Texas politics, was named to the publications "Ten Best Legislators in Texas" twice with one "Honorable Mention". The Associated Press named West one of the "key players of the 2005 Legislature" on its "Movers and Shakers" list.

He is also a caring father to his children and devoted husband to Carol R. West, CPA, as well as an active deacon of Good Street Baptist Church.