Tony Dale

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Anthony William "Tony" Dale
Texas State Representative from District 136 (Williamson County; previously Harris County)
Assumed office
January 8, 2013
Preceded by Beverly Woolley
Personal details
Born (1969-06-11) June 11, 1969 (age 45)
Westover AFB
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Lopez Dale
Children Two daughters
Residence Cedar Park
Williamson County
Texas, USA
Alma mater Ohio State University
Occupation Businessman
Religion Roman Catholic
Military service
Service/branch United States Army

Anthony William Dale, known as Tony Dale (born June 11, 1969)[1] 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.[2]

First elected in 2012, Dale is seeking a second two-year term in the general election scheduled for November 4, 2014.


He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Ohio State University at Columbus in central Ohio.[3] While at Ohio State, he was active in partisan politics and for a time was the state co-chairman of the Ohio College Republican Federation. He continued his political involvement when he came to Texas.[4]

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. Dale is a charter member of the Hunter-Morris Memorial American Legion Post 911 in Cedar Park.[4] Mrs. Dale is the 2014 post commander.[5]

The owner of a consulting company, Dale is a member of the Chamber of Commerce.[3] The Dales have two daughters who attend public schools in the Leander Independent School District.[4] They attend St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church in Austin.[3]

Political life[edit]

In 2004, then District 20 State Representative Dan Gattis appointed Dale to the Textbook Review Panel of the Texas Education Agency.[4]

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.[4]

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.[6] 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).[7] In the general election on November 6, 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).[8]

Dale serves on the House committees of (1) Homeland Security and Public Safety, (2) Energy Resources and (3) House Select Committee on Child Protection..[3]

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."[3]

Legislative positions[edit]

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[9]

Dale backed the measure to forbid the state from engaging in the enforcement of federal regulations of firearms. He 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. Dale voted against term limits for certain state officials. To protect election security, he voted to prohibit an individual from turning in multiple ballots.[9]

Interest group ratings[edit]

In 2013, Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum, managed in Texas by Cathie Adams, a former state chairman of the Texas Republican Party, rated Dale 78 percent favorable. The Young Conservatives of Texas scored him 73 percent. The Texas League of Conservation Voters rated him 57 percent; a similar group Environment Texas rated him 71 percent. The interest group, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, founded by Michael Quinn Sullivan, scored him 65 percent, but the Texas Association of Business scored him 93 percent. The National Rifle Association scored Dale 92 percent.[11]


  1. ^ "Rep. Tony Dale (R-TX 136th District)". Texas Library Association. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Anthony "Tony" Dale". Texas Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Tony Dale's Biography". Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "State Rep. Tony Dale District 136 (R-Cedar Park)". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "American Legion Charter". Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Beverly Woolley". Texas Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Republican primary election returns, May 29, 2012 (District 136)". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "General election returns, November 6, 2012 (District 136)". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c "Tony Dale's Voting Records". Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ M. Fernandez (June 25, 2013). "Filibuster in Texas Senate Tries to Halt Abortion Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Tony Dale's Ratings and Endorsements". Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Beverly Woolley (from Harris County)
Texas State Representative from District 136 (Williamson County; previously Harris County)

Anthony William "Tony" Dale

Succeeded by