Jimmie Don Aycock
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|Jimmie Don Aycock|
|Texas State Representative for District 54 (Bell, Burnet, and Lampasas counties)|
|Preceded by||Suzanna Hupp|
|Succeeded by||Scott Cosper|
October 14, 1946 |
Bell County, Texas, USA
|Spouse(s)||Ellen Marie McKamie Aycock (m. 1967)|
|Children||Jimmie and Michelle|
|Alma mater||Texas A&M University|
Jimmie Don Aycock (born October 4, 1946) is a veterinarian, rancher, and businessman in Killeen, Texas, who is a Republican former member of the Texas House of Representatives. He was elected in District 54 on November 7, 2006. After five two-year terms, he did not seek re-election in 2016.
In a 2006 general electionn with a turnout of only 14.14 percent, Aycock polled 16,314 votes (60.4 percent), to 9,802 (36.3 percent) for Democrat Edward J. Lindsay (born January 2, 1939), a retiree from Killeen, and 873 (3.2 percent) for the Libertarian Nicolaas Jan Kramer (born June 5, 1947), self-employed in Copperas Cove. Only 26,989 of the 190,825 registered voters in the district went to the polls.
He was born in Bell County and graduated from Moody High School in 1965 as the class valedictorian. In 1967, he married the former Ellen Marie McKamie, also of central Texas. They have a married son, attorney Jimmie Aycock of Houston, a married daughter, Michelle, who is a music educator in Bastrop, and four grandchildren.
In 1969, Aycock received his Bachelor of Science degree, with Phi Kappa Phi honors from Texas A&M University in College Station and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from TAMU in 1970. He was a captain in the United States Army from 1970 to 1972, having received the Army Commendation Medal.
Aycock was the chairman of the House Public Education Committee, in which capacity he opposed school vouchers, a plan supported by many of the more conservative members of the Texas State Senate. In 2015, Aycock authored a $3 billion bipartisan education bill in the House, but he did not push it to passage near the end of the legislative session because of opposition in the Senate. Aycock and a coalition of rural Republican legislators and Democrats have repeatedly blocked vouchers from passage in the House.
Aycock said, "We think in terms of black kids and brown kids and white kids. We think of poor kids and rich kids, kids from small districts and kids from larger districts. And we each come here representing our subset of kids, and that's how the process works. What will it take to fix school finance? It'll take a common view of [the state's] 5.2 million children."
- "School vouchers hit a snag in Legislature", Laredo Morning Times, May 18, 2015, p. 7A
- "Paying For America's Schools: Is There A Better Way?". NPR. 2016-05-01. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
|Texas House of Representatives|
|Texas State Representative for
District 54 (Bell, Burnet, and Lampasas counties)
Jimmie Don Aycock