Personal Profile

Full Name Joe Deshotel
Age 66
Hometown Beaumont
Race Black
Occupation Attorney and Contractor
Education B.S., Lamar University; J.D., Texas Southern University
Religion Catholic
Church Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church (Beaumont, TX)

Deshotel represents the 22nd Legislative District, which comprises most of Jefferson County. He is an attorney, businessman and life-long resident of Beaumont. Having served in the Texas Legislature for the past eighteen years Deshotel has developed a mastery of the legislative process and having served on the leadership teams of the current and previous speaker, he has a working relationship with a vast array of business sectors of Texas.

In the 78th Legislative Session Representative Deshotel served on the House Appropriations Committee, which is the budget writing arm of the House. He also served as the Vice Chair of Local & Consent Calendars, the Chairman of Budget Oversight (CBO) for the House Elections Committee, and on the Select Committee on State Health Care Expenditures.

In the 79th Legislative Session Representative Deshotel was appointed to the House Committees on Economic Development, Transportation, and Redistricting. Representative Deshotel's tenure on the House Committee on Economic Development has helped bring in much needed investment dollars to Southeast Texas and has also worked tirelessly and enthusiastically on the Transportation Committee to create opportunities for the residents of District 22. Transportation was a significant issue due to budgetary surpluses and the expected allocation of millions of dollars toward highway funding.

In the 80th Legislative Session, Representative Deshotel was appointed to serve as Chairman of the House Economic Development Committee. This committee assignment ensures that job creation and the increased vitalization of the technology industry receive proper attention during the legislative process. He was also reappointed to the Transportation Committee and the Redistricting Committee. Speaker Craddick also appointed Representative Dishtowel to the Select Committee for Hurricane Ike Devastation.

In the 81st Legislative Session Representative Deshotel was appointed Chairman of the Business and Industry Committee, the Insurance Committee and the Committee on Redistricting. Both the Business and Industry and Insurance have significant impact on the Texas economy.

In the 82nd Legislative Session Representative Deshotel retained his Chairmanship of the Business and Industry Committee and was also appointed to the Culture Recreation and Tourism Committee, formally The Parks and Wildlife Committee.
In the 83th Legislative Session Representative Deshotel was appointed Chairman of the Land and Resource Management Committee and member of the Public Education Committee where he Joint Authored House Bill 5 which made sweeping changes to Texas High School curriculum and testing. He was also appointed Co-Chair of the Joint House and Senate Committee on Coastal Barrier System, member of the Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives and the Select Committee on Redistricting.

In the 84th Legislative Session Representative Deshotel was reappointed Chairman of the Land and Resource Management Committee and the Public Education Committee where he successfully passed bills enhancing early childhood education. He also served on the Public Education Sub Committee on Education Quality.

Prior to serving on the legislature, Representative Deshotel served on the Beaumont City Council and was appointed by Governor Mark White to the Job Training Coordinating Council and Lamar University Board of Regents. He has a strong record as a champion of civil rights and civic responsibility, organizing Lamar University's first NAACP chapter. Joe also served as Vice-President for Administration and Legal Counsel of Lamar University-Beaumont. Representative Deshotel brings experience, insight and knowledgeable leadership to the issue of public education and economic development.

In addition to Deshotel’s legislative background he has been licensed to practice law in Texas for 35 years. His practice included, personal injury and title insurance. He is a licensed Escrow Officer with the Texas Department of Insurance.

Honors & Achievements
• Juris Doctorate degree. Texas Southern University. Thurgood Marshall Law Center
• Bachelor of Science degree. Political Science. Lamar University.
Texas House of Representatives:
• House Research Organization Board of Directors 2011-Present
• American Legislative Exchange Council. Member. 1999-Present
• National Conference of State Legislators. Member 1999-Present
• Texas Ten Best. Honorable Mention. Texas Monthly Magazine. June 2003
• Texas Legislative Black Caucus. Chairman. 2001-2003. Member. 1999-Present.
• Texas House Democratic Caucus. Member. 1999-Present.
• Texas Sportsman Caucus. Member. 1999-Present.
• Texas Manufactures Caucus. Member. 2005-Present.
• Rising Star Award. Legislative Study Group. 1999. Member 1999-Present.

Other Government:
• United States Air Force Reserves. Honorable Discharge. Technical Sergeant
• State Job Training Coordinating Council. Member, appointed by Governor Mark White.
• Beaumont City Council. Ward 3
• Beaumont City Council At-large
• Mayor Pro Tem City of Beaumont
• Lamar University Board of Regents, appointed by Governor Mark White (Past)
• Communities in School State Board Member (Past)
• Communities in School Foundation Board Member (Past)
Professional: (Past and Present)
• Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission 1 st Vice-President. (Past)
• Vice-President for Administration and Legal Counsel, Lamar University. Beaumont.(Past)
• State Bar of Texas. Agriculture Law Committee. (Past)
• Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Member.
• NAACP. Life Member.
• Texas Association of Trial Lawyers. Member.
• National Home Builders Association. Member. (Past)
• Jefferson County Bar Association. Board of Directors. (Past)
• National Association of College and University Attorney's, Conference Planning Committee. (Past)
• The Baptist Hospital System. Board of Advisors. (Past)
• National Organization on Legal Problems of Education. (Past)
• Our Mother of Mercy School. School Board President. (Past)
• Our Mother of Mercy Parish Council. (Past)
• Distinguished Graduate. Department of Elementary Schools. Catholic affiliated.
• Monsignor Kelly High School. School Board President. (Past)
• Jefferson County Red Cross. Board of Directors. (Past)
• Jefferson County 100 Club. Board of Directors. (Past)
• Knights of Saint Peter Claver. Board of Directors. Legal Counsel (Past)

Information in this bio was provided by Deshotel's office.
Last updated: Aug. 1, 2017