|Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 8th district
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2003
|Preceded by||Sam Russell|
|Succeeded by||Byron Cook|
|Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 9th district
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1993
|Preceded by||Jim McWilliams|
|Succeeded by||Jerry Johnson|
|Born||Paul Lindsey Sadler
April 29, 1955 
Freer, Texas, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||Baylor University|
Paul Lindsey Sadler (born April 29, 1955) is an attorney from Henderson, Texas, who served from 1991 to 2003 in the Texas House of Representatives. He was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate in 2012. In the November 6 general election, he lost against the Republican Ted Cruz, a former state Solicitor General.
Early life, education, and law career
Sadler was born in Freer east of Laredo in South Texas, to Harold Sidney and Bessie Mae "Pete" Sadler. His father worked for Sun Oil Company and moved his family throughout Texas, California and Louisiana.
In 1977, Sadler graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In 1979, he graduated from Baylor Law School. He is an active member of the Texas Bar. He has been admitted to practice in many federal courts, such as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Texas House of Representatives (1991-2003)
He was first elected in 1990 to represent Texas' 9th House District. After redistricting, he ran in the newly redrawn Texas' 8th House District and won re-election in 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2000. He was unopposed in all but two years: 1996 (when he won with 61 percent) and 1998 (62 percent).
He was named to the Ten Best List of Texas state legislators by Texas Monthly in 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001. He was named one of three “Outstanding Legislators” in 1995 and one of “Six Stellar” legislators in 1997 by the Dallas Morning News. He also earned the John B. Connally "Award for Excellence in Education" by the Just For The Kids Foundation.
- Public Education Committee (Chairman)
- Judiciary Committee
- Pensions and Investments Committee
- Health and Human Services Committee
- State Revenue and Public School Finance Select Committee (Chairman)
- Public School Employee Health Insurance Select Committee (Chairman)
2004 special election
Incumbent State Senator Bill Ratliff of Texas' 1st Senate District decided to resign his seat in the middle of 2003. Ratliff's resignation created a special election in January 2004, in which Sadler finished first with 39 percent of the vote. In the runoff election, the Republican Kevin Eltife, a former Mayor of Tyler, defeated Sadler, 52-48 percent.
Return to private sector
Sadler returned to practicing law in 2003 and specializes in asbestos litigation. He has litigated for a multi-billion dollar company in all fifty states.
2012 U.S. Senate election
Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison decided to retire effective January 2013. After Democrat Ricardo Sanchez dropped out of contention, Sadler announced his candidacy for the seat, which was held from 1971 to 1993 by the Democrat Lloyd M. Bentsen.
Sadler was soundly defeated by Republican candidate Ted Cruz, who received 4,456,599 ballots or 56.6% of the votes cast. Sadler received 3,183,314 ballots or 40.5% of the votes cast.
Sadler lives in both Henderson, Texas and Austin, Texas with his wife, Sherri. They have five children; Erin, Brandon, Lee, Joel and Sam.
- Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association Special Recognition “for outstanding efforts to further the wind industry of the State of Texas” (2011)
- Businessweek’s Premier Lawyers of America (2008)
- Texas Super Lawyer (2006, 2005, 2004, 2003)
- Texas Federation of Teachers Child Advocate Award (2003)
- Texas Democratic House Caucus Service Award for Meritorious Service (2003)
- Texas Women’s Political Caucus Good Guy (2002)
- “Ten Best List” by Texas Monthly (2001, 1999, 1997, 1995)
- Texas School Public Relations Association Key Communicator (2001)
- East Texas Chapter of Texas Association of School Honorary Membership (2000)
- Sabine Independent School District Appreciation for Leadership (1999)
- Region IV Education Service Center Leadership & Commitment (1997)
- Texas Association of Rural Schools Excellence in Leadership Award (1998)
- Texas Association of Community Schools Honorary Life Member (1998)
- One of six “Stellar Legislators” by the Dallas Morning News (1997)
- Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award (1996)
- Texas Association of School Psychologists Appreciation Award (1995)
- Veterans of Foreign Wars Loyalty Day Award (1995)
- John B. Connally Excellence in Public Education Award by Just for the Kids (1995)
- Texas Classroom Teachers Association Friend of Education Award (1994)
- Common Cause Star of Texas Public Service Award (1993)
- One of three “Outstanding Legislators” by the Dallas Morning News (1995)
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- , Paul Salder's Bio.
- Paul Sadler for U.S. Senate campaign website
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The Houston Chronicle
- Collected news and commentary at The Texas Tribune
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