John Shields (Texas politician)

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John Howard Shields
Texas State Representative from District 122 (Bexar County)
In office
Preceded by George Boyd Pierce
Succeeded by Frank Corte, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1954-10-20) October 20, 1954 (age 60)
Place of birth missing
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marsha McCombs Shields (married 1976)
Children Anna Charline Shields
Residence San Antonio, Bexar County
Texas, USA
Alma mater Duke University

Trinity University
St. Mary's University School of Law

Occupation Attorney

John Howard Shields (born October 20, 1954) is an attorney in San Antonio, Texas, who is a Republican former member of the Texas House of Representatives from Bexar County. Shields is also an investor in Retama Park racetrack in San Antonio. His father-in-law is powerful San Antonio businessman B. J. "Red" McCombs. Marsha McCombs Shields is Red McCombs's youngest daughter.[1]


Shields received a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and a Master of Arts from Trinity University in San Antonio.[2] In 1988, Shields received the Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio.[3] In addition to his law practice, Shields is a lecturer in the Department of Management at the University of Texas at San Antonio.[2]

Political career[edit]

From 1993 to 2003, Shields held the District 22 seat in the House.[4] In his first election in 1992, Shields won the Republican primary outright by a margin of .4 of 1 percent over two opponents, William E. "Bill" Harrison and Lonnie Wulfe. Shields polled 5,203 votes (50.4 percent) to Wulfe's 3,286 (31.8 percent) and Harrison's 1,833 (17.8 percent).[5] In the general election, when Bill Clinton was elected as U.S. President, Shields faced no Democrat but defeated the Libertarian choice, Phil E. Sanford, 38,838 votes (88.5 percent) to 5,024 (11.5 percent).[6] In his last successful election in November 2000, Shields again scored a lop-sided victory over a Libertarian nominee.[7]

In 1999, Shields, along with fellow Representative Will Ford Hartnett of Dallas, opposed hate crimes legislation in the Texas House, taking the view that some victims should not have greater protection of the law than others in regard to age or race.[8]

After five two-year terms in the House, the conservative Shields in 2002 challenged the San Antonio Republican State Senator Jeff Wentworth in District 25. A conservative political action committee known as FreePAC, dispatched mailing branding Wentworth as "pro-gay, pro-assisted suicide, and pro-abortion."[9] Shields denied personal involvement with the FreePAC mailings. However, Shields's campaign literature quoted a supporter, pastor John Hagee of San Antonio's large fundamentalist Cornerstone Church, located at the intersection of Anderson Loop 1604 and Stone Oak Parkway, which dubbed Wentworth "the most pro-abortion" legislator in Austin. Wentworth in turn charged that Red McCombs was trying to "buy" his son-in-law a seat in the state Senate.[9] McCombs served as Shields's campaign treasurer.[10] Then state Republican chairman Susan Weddington, herself from San Antonio, broke the tradition of neutrality in primaries and endorsed the conservative Shields.[11] By contrast former state senator and Bexar county judge Cyndi Taylor Krier, a moderate Republican, cut commercials for Wentworth, her Senate successor,[12] who not only prevailed but still holds the District 25 seat.[4]

Final returns showed Shields with 25,265 votes (48.8 percent) to Wentworth's 26,481 votes (51.2 percent).[13] Shields was succeeded in House District 122 by the Republican Frank Corte, Jr., who had represented District 123 prior to the 2001 round of House redistricting.

District 122 is now represented by the Republican Lyle Larson, a former member of the San Antonio City Council and the Bexar County Commission.[4]


  1. ^ "Slots Interests Stuck $4.1 Million In Texas Political Slots Since 2000: Perry, Sharp, Strayhorn and Dewhurst Ran the Top Slots Pots, May 4, 2004". Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "UTSA Faculty". Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Lawyer John Shields". Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Legislative Reference Library: John H. Shields". Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Republican primary returns, March 10, 1992". Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Texas general election returns, November 3, 1992". Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Texas general election returns, November 7, 2000". Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, March 12, 1999
  9. ^ a b "Morgan Smith, "Primary Races Tend to Be Bloody," November 3, 2009". Retrieved September 19, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Mr. Right". Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Partisan power struggle takes stage in state legislative races", Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, March 8, 2002
  12. ^ "The President's Representative, March 18, 2002". Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Republican primary returns, March 12, 2002". Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
Preceded by
George Boyd Pierce
Texas State Representative from District 122 (Bexar County)

John Howard Shields

Succeeded by
Frank Corte, Jr.