Personal Profile

Full Name Tom Craddick
Age 73
Race White
Occupation Sales Representative - Mustang Mud, Inc.
Education B.B.A., Texas Tech University
Spouse: Nadine

Tom Craddick is the representative of Texas’ House District 82, first elected in 1969. The district includes Midland.

Craddick is serving on the Energy Resources Committee and the State Affairs Committee.

Representative Tom Craddick is a sales representative for oilfield supply company Mustang Mud/Newpark Resources, the owner of Craddick Properties, a Midland investment business, and the president of Craddick, Inc.

In 1975, House Speaker Bill Clayton appointed Craddick the first Republican committee chairman in 100 years. He continued to hold chairmanships under Clayton's successors. In 2003 Craddick became the first Republican Speaker of the Texas House in more than 130 years. Ten years later, he was recognized as Dean of the Texas House of Representatives for the 83rd legislative session.

Craddick served as speaker from 2003 to 2009 and cites the state's budget surplus, the legislature's work on tort reform and school finance, and its work to decrease property taxes as some of his most significant accomplishments.

Craddick holds both a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Tech University. Craddick married the former Nadine Nayfa, a native of Sweetwater, in 1969. They have two children, Christi and Thomas Russell, Jr. Craddick and Nadine have a grandson, Tripp, and a granddaughter, Claire.

Information in this bio was provided by Craddick's office.
Last updated: March 18, 2015.