Senator Craig Estes: District 30

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Occupation: Businessman
Education: Oral Roberts University, B.S., business administration, 1977; Graduate, Harvard Business School Owner President Manager Program, 1993
Hometown: Wichita Falls
Party: Republican

Senator Estes was first elected to the State Senate in a 2001 Special Election, and then re-elected in 2002, 2004 and 2008. Senator Estes is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security as well as Vice Chairman for the Senate Natural Resources Committee. He also serves as a member of the Senate Finance and Business and Commerce Committees.

Senator Estes has been appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Southern States Biobased Alliance and to the Western States Water Council. Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst appointed Senator Estes to the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council for State Governments, and Agriculture and Energy Committee for the National Conference for State Legislators. In October 2011, Senator Estes was appointed to the Texas Rural Health and Economic Development Advisory Council by the Lieutenant Governor. Created by the 82nd Legislature, the council will make recommendations regarding the allocation of federal block money grant , establish a rural health risk task force and develop rural policy plans.

During the 2011 session, Senator Estes authored and passed SB 18, the landmark Eminent Domain legislation that protects the private property rights of Texas landowners. Estes also co-authored voter photo ID legislation, helped pass a balanced state budget without raising taxes, promoted stronger border security initiatives and endorsed stronger pro-life legislation.

Senator Estes serves on the Bioenergy Policy Council, which was created through his legislative efforts to expand research and development of domestically produced alternative fuels to promote economic growth, and reduce our dependence on foreign energy.

Senator Estes is a conservative man both personally and politically, and he is committed to promoting conservative principles in his role as a legislator. He serves on the Board of Directors of Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute, and is co-chairman of the Economic Development Task Force.

Senator Estes serves his community, having served on the Young Life Committee of Wichita Falls, the boards of directors of the Rotary Club of Wichita Falls, the Wichita Falls Boys & Girls Club, and the Wichita Falls Faith Mission.

Senator Estes represents the fifth generation from the North Texas area. Senator Estes was born and raised in Wichita Falls. He and his wife Jennifer have three adult children, Abby, Andrew, and Mark, and four grandchildren, John Holt Cunningham, Charles Estes Cunningham, Robert Owen Cunningham, and Caroline Noel Estes.



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Estes Sends Drone Bill to Governor's Desk

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"Texas School Safety Training Act" Sent to Governor

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Senator Craig Estes Votes Texas Privacy Act out of his Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security

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Senator Craig Estes amends H.B. 5 to provide needed oversight of the use of RFID technology by Texas school districts

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Texas veteran releases video documenting his illegal arrest

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Op-Ed Opinions

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Op-Ed: Offsetting the D.C. Regulatory Assault

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Op-Ed: Texans Just Got Whooped

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Op-Ed: The Medicaid Mousetrap

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Op-Ed: Shall Not Be Infringed

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Op-Ed: Senator Estes Comments on Keystone Pipeline Permit Denial

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Op-Ed: And Justice For All

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An Open Letter to Attorney General Abbott on Federal Health Care Mandate

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An Open Letter to the President of the United States

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I support Harrold ISD




Fourth graders from Dodd Elementary School, in Senator Estes' district, participated in Education in Action's "Proud to be Texan" – Austin program on January 6, 2012. Participants visited the Texas State Capitol and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum to experience what they are learning in Texas History.


The Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs met jointly with the Senate Committee on Natural Resources on November 1st, 2011 to hear invited testimony regarding the impact of extreme Texas drought conditions and continuous wildfires. Senator Estes chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs. (Also pictured, Senator Glenn Hegar, left)


Parker County Days held at the State Capitol on March 22, 2011. Their visit provided for an opportunity to reflect on the history and contributions of their community.


Meeting with Denton School Board and Superintendents with Senator Estes in his Capitol office.


Senate floor photo with Dr. Eidson, a practicing family physician in Weatherford, TX. Dr. Eidson graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio Medical School in 1979. He was honored as Doctor of the Day during the 82nd Legislative Session.


Senator Estes and several of his Senate colleagues, including Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst, gather together on the Senate Floor to discuss legislation.


Senator Estes meets with fellow constituents and members of the Farm Bureau.


Senator Estes joins Senator Shapiro at the "Education is our Priority" press conference held in the Senate Press Room of the Texas Capitol. The members met to address and discuss public education and the hurdles that were faced this Legislative Session. Also joining: Senators Patrick, Fraser and Nelson.


Senator Estes leads the invocation of the day before the Senate's regular order of business.


Residents of Wise County visited Austin to celebrate Wise County Day at the State Capitol on February 8, 2011. Wise County is home to a variety of recreational opportunities provided by Lake Bridgeport, Eagle Mountain Lake, and the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands.


Senator Estes speaks with the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership on State Government - Issues and Policies. TALL XII includes 26 agribusiness leaders across the state and is designed to create a cadre of Texas leaders to help ensure effective understanding and encourage positive action in key issues, theories, policy and economics that will advance the agricultural industry.


Senate Floor photo with Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, Senator Estes, Mayor Carl Law of Burkburnett, and Mayor Glenn Barham of Wichita Falls.

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Senator Estes meets with the Krum High School Band.


Senator Estes, alongside Governor Rick Perry, reads off the names of fallen soldiers at a memorial service during Session dedicated to honoring those who served and recognizing their families.


Governor Perry signs SB 18, Senator Estes' eminent domain legislation, into law.

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Office Information

Capitol Address District Address
The Honorable Craig Estes
State Capitol, Room 1E.9
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0130
Fax: (512) 463-8874
2525 Kell Blvd., Suite 302
Wichita Falls, Texas 76308
(940) 689-0191
Fax: (940) 689-0194
District Address District Address
4401 N. I-H 35, #202
Denton, Texas 76207
(940) 898-0331
Fax: (940) 898-0926
1117 Gallagher Dr., Ste. 340
Sherman, Texas 75090
(903) 868-2347
Fax: (903) 868-9666


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