Drew Darby

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Drew Darby
Texas State Representative from District 72 (Coke, Concho, Glasscock, Howard, Irion, Reagan, Runnels, Sterling, Tom Green Counties)
Assumed office
Preceded by Scott Campbell
Personal details
Born (1947-02-22) February 22, 1947 (age 71)
San Angelo Tom Green County
Texas, US
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Clarisa Darby
Children 5
Residence San Angelo, Texas
Alma mater

University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas School of Law

University of Virginia (Darden School of Business - Emerging Leaders Program)
Occupation Attorney

Drew Darby (born February 22, 1947) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from his native San Angelo, Texas. He represents District 72, which comprises the West Texas counties of Coke, Concho, Glasscock, Howard, Irion, Reagan, Runnels, Sterling, and Tom Green.[1]

In the 2017 Texas legislative session, Darby serves as chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee and chairman of the Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Responsibility. He also serves on the House Ways & Means and Redistricting committees.[2]

In the 2015 Texas legislative session, Darby was chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee and sat on the Ways & Means Committee.[3]

In the 2013 Texas legislative session, Darby was chairman of the House Redistricting Committee and sat on the Appropriations (as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources, Business and Economic Development and Regulatory Agencies) and Higher Education committees.[4]


Darby is a former member of the San Angelo City Council. He is a past chairman of the San Angelo Water Advisory Board and the Lake Nasworthy Advisory Board. He is a member of the Texas Farm Bureau, the National Rifle Association, the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers' Association, the Tom Green County Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce.

The Texas Association of Counties honored Darby as a "Friend of County Government" in 2009 and 2011.[5][6]

Darby was renominated for a fifth term in House District 72 in the Republican primary held on March 4, 2014. He received 11,697 votes (79.5%) to his challenger Shannon Thomason's 3,022 (20.5%).[7]


Darby is a native of San Angelo.[8] He was arrested in November 2013, for having brought a gun in his carry-on bag through a security checkpoint at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.[9] On January 3, 2014, Travis County 147th Criminal District Court Judge Cliff Brown granted the Travis County District Attorney's office request to dismiss the case when the investigation found no intent by Darby to violate the law.[10]


  1. ^ http://www.txdirectory.com/online/person/?id=28291
  2. ^ "San Angelo's Drew Darby to chair House Energy Committee". San Angelo Standard-Times. Retrieved February 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Representative Drew Darby named Chairman of House Energy Resources Committee, Appointed to Ways and Means". San Angelo LIVE!. Retrieved February 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ "House Committee Assignments". Burnt Orange Report. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rep. Darby honored for work with county » Standard-Times". Gosanangelo.com. November 15, 2013. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Darby to get 'Friend of County Government' award » Standard-Times". Gosanangelo.com. Archived from the original on December 1, 2011. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Republican primary election returns". team1.sos.state.tx.us. Archived from the original on March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ Enrique Rangel Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Austin Bureau (April 11, 2007). "A moving plea: Darby pushes for ASU to join Tech | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal". Lubbock Online. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ Friday, November 22, 2013. "State Rep. Drew Darby charged with taking weapon to Austin..." www.mystatesman.com. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ Friday, January 10, 2014. "Judge dismisses Darby's charges for carrying gun into airport". www.gosanangelo.com. Archived from the original on January 12, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 

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