Joe Deshotel

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Joseph "Joe" Deshotel
Texas State Representative from District 22 (Jefferson county)
Assumed office
January 1999
Preceded by Al Price
Personal details
Born (1951-12-03) December 3, 1951 (age 65)
Beaumont, Texas
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Divorced 2014
Children W. Joseph Deshotel
Residence Beaumont, Texas
Alma mater

Lamar University

Texas Southern University
Occupation Attorney
Religion Catholic
Website Joe Deshotel
Military service
Service/branch United States Air Force Reserve
Rank Technical Sergeant
Unit Reserves

Joseph "Joe" Deshotel (born December 3, 1951)[1] is an attorney and businessman from Beaumont, Texas and a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives. Since 1999, he has represented District 22 in Jefferson County.


Deshotel was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. He is an alumnus of Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School.[2] Deshotel received his bachelor's degree in Political Science at Lamar University in 1974 and his J.D. from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in 1978.[1][3]

Deshotel has been an attorney, businessman, and Technical Sergeant in the United States Air Force Reserves.[1]

He is married to Claudia Deshotel and has one son, W. Joseph Deshotel.

Political career[edit]

Deshotel was elected to the Texas House of Representatives after he ran unopposed in 1998. He has run unopposed in each election since, except in 2004, 2006, and 2008, where he faced Libertarian opponents. However, he faced no significant threat, as he received the vast majority of the votes each year.[4]

He was one of only three members in his 25-member freshman class to receive the Rising Star Award.[5]

He currently serves as the chair of the Land and Resource Management committee and is a member of the Public Education committee. He has also served on the Special Committee on Redistricting.

He has previously served on several committees, including the House Appropriations, House Economic Development, Transportation, and Redistricting committees. He was also the chairman of Budget Oversight for the House Elections Committee and the vice chair of the Local & Consent Calendars.[3][6]


  1. ^ a b c "Joe Deshotel's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Joseph Deshotel". LinkedIn. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "About Joe". Joe Deshotel. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "1992 - Current ELECTION HISTORY". Office of the Secretary of State. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Joe Deshotel". onpolitix. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "State Rep. Joe Deshotel". Texas Tribune. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 

External links[edit]

Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Al Price
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 22 (Beaumont)

January 1999 – present