Don Kennard

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the Louisiana Republican state legislator from East Baton Rouge Parish, who also died in 2011, see Donald Ray Kennard.

Don Kennard (May 6, 1929 – March 17, 2011)[1][2] was a United States politician for the Democratic Party representing Fort Worth and Tarrant County in both the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate from 1953 to 1973. Kennard represented the former District 60–3 in the Texas House from 53rd through the 62nd Legislatures, and the Tenth District in the 58th through the 62nd Legislatures.

Kennard was an early proponent of a wide variety of conservation-related initiatives in the Legislature. He is particularly celebrated for his success in securing dedicated funding for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department from cigarette taxes.

Kennard was indirectly responsible for the Fort Worth Zoo obtaining a baby elephant in 1964.[3]

Following his service in the Legislature, Kennard taught and led research efforts at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He is especially noted for coordinating the Natural Area Survey, which provided the blueprint for many years of later public land acquisitions of Texas areas of special ecological, scenic, or historic value.


  1. ^ "Don Kennard". Texas State Cemetery. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2007-01-03. 
  2. ^ Don Kennard dies[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Lynam, Marshall L. (February 1998). "The Great Washington Elephant Hunt". Stories I Never Told the Speaker: The Chaotic Adventures of a Capitol Hill Aide. Three Forks Press. pp. 137–153. ISBN 0-9637629-7-4. Retrieved 2006-11-28. 

External links[edit]

Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
New district
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 60-3 (Fort Worth)

Succeeded by
Hugh Q. Parmer
Texas Senate
Preceded by
Doyle Willis
Texas State Senator
from District 10 (Fort Worth)

Succeeded by
Bill Meier