|Anthony William "Tony" Dale|
|Texas State Representative from District 136 (Williamson County)|
January 8, 2013
|Preceded by||Beverly Woolley|
June 11, 1969 |
|Spouse(s)||Mary Lopez Dale|
|Alma mater||Ohio State University|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
Anthony William Dale, known as Tony Dale (born June 11, 1969) is a businessman from suburban Cedar Park, Texas, who is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 136, which encompasses part of Williamson County near Austin on the eastern edge of the Texas Hill Country.
First elected in 2012, Dale was reelected to a second two-year term on November 4, 2014. House District 136 consists of the Williamson County portion of Austin, The City of Cedar Park, the City of Leander, North Austin MUD #1 (Rattan Creek), Block House Creek MUD, Brushy Creek MUD, Fern Bluf MUD and a small portion of Round Rock.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Ohio State University at Columbus in central Ohio. While at Ohio State, he was active in partisan politics and for a time was President of the Ohio State University College Republican Club and the state co-chairman of the Ohio College Republican Federation. He also worked at the Ohio Republican Party for four years as a college intern.
In 1989 he met his wife, attorney Mary Lopez Dale, when they enlisted in the United States Army Reserve. Both served in Reserve Officer Training Corps; upon college graduation, they were stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. In 1997, both left the Army with the rank of captain. His military decorations include the Parachutist Badge, Army Commendation Medal with Oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Expert Marksman Badge and The Noble Patron of Armor Award. Dale is a charter member of the Hunter-Morris Memorial American Legion Post 911 in Cedar Park. Mrs. Dale is the 2014-2015 post commander.
The owner of a consulting company, Dale is a member of the Leander and Cedar Park Chambers of Commerce. The Dales have two daughters who attend public schools in the Leander Independent School District. They attend St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church in Austin.
From 2002 until 2009 Dale served as a precinct chairman for the Williamson County Republican Party. He also served in the capacity of election clerk and election judge. In 2004, then District 20 State Representative Dan Gattis appointed Dale to the Textbook Review Panel of the Texas Education Agency.
From 2009 to 2012, Dale was a member of the Cedar Park City Council and for a year served as the mayor pro tem, chosen by his council colleagues. Earlier, he was the secretary and later vice chairman of the Cedar Park Planning and Zoning Commission. As a member of the board of the Williamson County Conservation Foundation, he pushed for local control over federal regulations. He served too on the Cedar Park Charter Review Committee.
In 2012, the long-term incumbent Republican Representative Beverly Massey Wooley of Houston could not seek a tenth term in District 136, which was reconfigured and based in Williamson County, rather than Harris County. Therefore, an open seat developed, and Dale and another Republican, Paul Matthews, each sought their party nomination. Dale easily prevailed, 5,126 votes (66.4 percent) to 2,597 (33.6 percent). In the general election on November 6, 2012 Dale defeated the Democrat Matt Stillwell and the Libertarian Party nominee, Matthew Wayne Whittington (born c. 1971) of Cedar Park. He received 32,383 votes (53.1 percent); Stillwell, 24,851 (40.7 percent); Whittington, 3,802 votes (6.2 percent).
In 2014 Dale was unopposed in the Republican Primary. In the November 4, 2014 Dale received 20,862 (54.2 percent) and out paced his closest opponent by 13.1 percent. Democrat nominee John Bucy of Austin received 15,821 (41.1 percent) and Libertarian nominee Justin Billiot of Cedar Park received 1,811 (4.7 percent).
In the 83rd Legislative Session (2013-2014) Dale served on the House committees of (1) Homeland Security and Public Safety, (2) Energy Resources and (3) House Select Committee on Child Protection.
In 2013, the Cedar Park Hill Country News voted Dale the "Best Elected Official". The Texas Conservative Coalition, a bipartisan group of legislators, named him a "Courageous Conservative. The Combined Law Enforcement of Texas (CLEAT) named him Freshman of the Year in 2013." In 2015 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Texas Conservative Coalition.
Dale supported in 2013 the ban on abortion after twenty weeks of gestation; the measure passed the House, 96-49. He also voted for companion legislation to increase medical and licensing requirements of abortion providers. These issues brought forth an unsuccessful filibuster in the Texas State Senate by Wendy R. Davis of Fort Worth, who in 2014 is the Democratic nominee for governor against the Republican Greg Abbott. He supported legislation to provide marshals for school security as a separate law-enforcement entity. He voted to extend the franchise tax exemption to certain businesses. He voted for the adoption of the biennial state budget. Dale voted against the prohibition of texting while driving, which nevertheless passed the House, 97-45. He voted to require testing for narcotics of those individuals receiving unemployment compensation. He voted for the "equal pay for women" measure, which passed the House, 78-61, but was ultimately vetoed by Governor Rick Perry.
Dale co-sponsored the bill to permit college and university officials to carry concealed weapons in the name of campus security. He voted for the bill to reduce the time required to obtain a concealed-carry permit. He backed the redistricting bills for the state House and Senate and the United States House of Representatives. To protect election security, he voted to prohibit an individual from turning in multiple ballots.
During the 84th Regular Legislative Session (2015) Dale filed legislation to award the Texas Purple Heart Medal to the Fort Hood shooting victims of terrorist Nidal Hasan on 11/5/2009 (HB115). He also filed legislation to require the use of E-Verify by all state agencies and public universities (HB183) and require the use of E-Verify by state contractors and subcontractors (HB889). Dale filed HB861 to facilitate the prosecution of adults who solicit minors online for illicit sexual purposes.
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- "American Legion Charter". legion911.org. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
- "Beverly Woolley". Texas Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
- "Republican primary election returns, May 29, 2012 (District 136)". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
- "General election returns, November 6, 2012 (District 136)". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
- "Tony Dale's Voting Records". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
- M. Fernandez (June 25, 2013). "Filibuster in Texas Senate Tries to Halt Abortion Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
- "Tony Dale's Ratings and Endorsements". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
|Texas House of Representatives|
Beverly Woolley (from Harris County)
|Texas State Representative from District 136 (Williamson County; previously Harris County)
Anthony William "Tony" Dale