Bob McFarland

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Millard Robert "Bob" McFarland
Texas State Senator from District 10 (Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties)
In office
Preceded by William C. Meier
Succeeded by Chris Harris
Texas Senate President Pro Tempore
In office
Preceded by Hugh Q. Parmer
Succeeded by Robert J. Glasgow
Texas State Representative from then Districts 32-B and 32-D (Tarrant County)
In office
Succeeded by Roy English
Personal details
Born (1941-06-12) June 12, 1941 (age 75)
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jane H. McFarland
Residence Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas
Alma mater

University of Texas at Arlington

Southern Methodist University School of Law
Occupation Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic
For the National Security Advisor under U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan, see Robert McFarlane.

Millard Robert "Bob" McFarland (born June 12, 1941), is an attorney and lobbyist in Arlington[1] and Austin, Texas,[2] who served from 1983 to 1991 as a Republican member of the Texas State Senate from District 10, then parts of Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties. From 1977 to 1983, McFarland served in the Texas House of Representatives from the former districts 32-B and 32-D in Tarrant County.[3]

In 1959, McFarland graduated from Arlington High School. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. He then procured his Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University School of Law, since known as the Dedman School of Law. McFarland was admitted to the bar in 1966.[1] McFarland was cited for achievement in the publication Texas Business. In 1981, he received the G. J. Sutton Memorial Leadership Award and was named "Legislator of the Year" by the Texas Municipal League. In civic affairs, McFarland is a former director of the Tarrant County Humane Society and the Arlington Civic Chorus. He is Roman Catholic.[4]

In 1979, 1981, 1983 and 1985, McFarland was ranked among the "Ten Best Legislators" from both chambers by Texas Monthly magazine.[5] In 1989, McFarland was one of five senators to serve as the President Pro Tempore, having succeeded his regional colleague, Hugh Q. Parmer in that position.[6]

In 1986, McFarland objected when the Texas Select Committee on Higher Education, a group appointed by Governor Mark Wells White to consider streamlining of the state's colleges and universities, proposed that the University of Texas at Arlington be re-defined as a "comprehensive university," with an emphasis on teaching, instead of research. Many UTA faculty and students believed that the change would have eliminated doctoral programs at the institution. McFarland, a UTA "Distinguished Alumnus", declared the select committee recommendation "an over-my-dead-body situation." Soon political support was manifested throughout Arlington and Tarrant County. The mission of UTA was clarified to include "achieving excellence in all academic areas — teaching, research, and public service." McFarland said the controversy brought hundreds of letters and telephone calls and showed him that "there are people out there willing to get involved and support UTA." Then State Representative Kent Grusendorf, also of Arlington, joined McFarland in rallying to the defense of their common alma mater.[7]

As a two-term departing state representative, McFarland succeeded Senator William C. Meier, a Democrat from Euless in Tarrant County who switched to Republican affiliation and ran unsuccessfully in 1982 against U.S. Representative Jim Mattox for Attorney General of Texas. Mark White vacated the attorney's general office after one term to challenge, successfully, Republican Governor Bill Clements. In 1991, McFarland was succeeded in the Senate by Chris Harris, also of Arlington, who subsequently was shifted into neighboring District 9.

Bob McFarland Park, part of which is heavily wooded, is operated at 410 East Embercrest Drive by the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department and named in his honor.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Bob McFarland, Lawyer in Arlington, Texas". Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bob McFarland". Retrieved September 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bob McFarland". Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Texas Senate: Bob McFarland" (PDF). Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Best and Worst Legislators (by year)". Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ List of Presidents pro tempore of the Texas Senate
  7. ^ "YESTERYEAR: United they stood, Fall 2008". Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Bob McFarland Park". Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
Preceded by
William C. Meier
Texas State Senator from District 10 (Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties)

Millard Robert "Bob" McFarland, Sr.

Succeeded by
Chris Harris
Preceded by
Hugh Q. Parmer
Texas State Senate President Pro Tempore

Millard Robert "Bob" McFarland, Sr.

Succeeded by
Robert J. Glasgow
Preceded by
Texas State Representative from Districts 32-B and 32-D (Tarrant County)

Millard Robert "Bob" McFarland, Sr.

Succeeded by
Roy English