Suzanna Hupp

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Suzanna Gratia Hupp
Texas State Representative from District 54 (Bell, Burnet, and Lampasas counties)
In office
1997–2007
Preceded by Layton Black
Succeeded by Jimmie Don Aycock
Personal details
Born Suzanna Gratia
(1959-09-28) September 28, 1959 (age 54)
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Gregory Hupp
Children Alexander Hupp

Ethan Hupp

Occupation Chiropractor

Suzanna Gratia Hupp, DC, (born September 28, 1959)[1] is a former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, who represented traditionally Democratic[citation needed] District 54 (Bell, Burnet, and Lampasas counties) for ten years from 1997-2007. After surviving the Luby's massacre in 1991, Hupp became a leading advocate of an individual's right to carry a concealed weapon. She was elected to her first term in 1996, but did not seek a sixth two-year term in 2006. She has also written a book called From Luby's to the Legislature: One Woman's Fight Against Gun Control, published by Privateer Publications, San Antonio, Texas.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Suzanna Gratia was raised in Friendswood, Texas, a city partly in Harris and Galveston counties, the daughter of Al and Ursula "Suzy" Kunath Gratia.[4][5] She has an older brother, Allan Gratia, and a younger sister, Erika. She attended the University of Texas at El Paso and Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, from which she received a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1985. Hupp moved first to Houston to practice chiropractic and then to Central Texas in 1987. She owned and operated the Cove Physical Rehab Clinic from 1987 until 2000, when she sold the facility.

Career[edit]

Surviving the Luby's shooting, subsequent activism[edit]

Hupp and her parents were having lunch at the Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen in 1991 when a mass shooting took place. The gunman shot 50 people in all, killing 24 of them. Of those fatally wounded, two included both of Hupp's parents. Hupp later expressed regret about deciding to remove her gun from her purse and lock it in her car, lest she risk possibly running afoul of the state's concealed weapons laws; during the shootings, she reached for her weapon but then remembered that it was "a hundred feet away in my car."[6] Her father, Al Gratia, feeling he "needed to do something", tried to rush the gunman and sadly was fatally shot in the chest instead. Hupp, eventually seeing an escape through a broken window (broken by the shoulder of another horrified, fleeing victim), grabbed her mother by the shirt telling her "Come on, we have to go now!" As Hupp moved toward the only escape, she believed her mother to be following behind. However, upon reaching the safety of outside, she then realized her Mother, Ursula Gratia had stayed behind for some reason. Hupp was told soon after the incident that her mother had instead watched her daughter get to safety and then turned to her Husband. Ursula stayed by the side of her mortally-wounded husband, cradling him as he slipped away. Al Gratia died almost instantly. Ursula Gratia had time to glance up at the gunman afterward and back down at her husband when the crazed man then shot her in the head at point-blank range, killing her instantly.

Hupp was 32-years-old at the time of Luby's shooting.[7] As a survivor of the incident, Hupp testified across the country in support of concealed-handgun laws. She said that if there had been a second chance to prevent the slaughter, she would have violated the Texas law and carried the handgun inside her purse into the restaurant that day and it being highly likely she would also still have her parents with her today. She stated in her testimony, that she'd have taken the felony on her head vs. having lost her parents through this unspeakable tragedy. Hupp's said that that shouldn't be the choices though. That people should be able to defend themselves in a true emergency without having to choose one over another. [8] She testified across the country in support of concealed handgun laws, and was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1996.[9] The concealed-weapons bill was signed by then-Governor George W. Bush.[10]

Election returns, 1996-2004[edit]

In the 1996 legislative election, the incumbent Democrat in the district, Layton Black, did not run again. Hupp defeated Democratic nominee Dick Miller, 17,620 votes (52.8 percent) to 15,757 ballots (47.2 percent). At the time, the district included Bell and Lampasas counties but also the small populated counties of McCulloch, Mills, and San Saba. In 1998, Hupp defeated Democrat Don Armstrong, 11,954 votes (54.8 percent) to 9,866 ballots (45.2 percent). In 2000, she again defeated Armstrong, 23,139 (62.2 percent) to 14,084 (37.8 percent). The higher turnout reflected the presidential election year. Hupp was unopposed in 2002. In 2004, Hupp defeated the Democrat Edward Lindsay of Killeen, 28,907 votes (60.9 percent) to 18,594 votes. (39.1 percent).

Appearances and accolades[edit]

Hupp has been quoted in such publications as U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Texas Monthly, and Time and People magazines. She was featured on CBS's 48 Hours, ABC's World News Tonight[citation needed] and season 3 episode 9 of Bullshit!. Hupp can be heard in episode 81 of This American Life, giving a first-hand account of her experience in the Luby's massacre of Killeen, TX in 1991.

Hupp has authored a book regarding her experiences: "From Luby's to the Legislature: One Woman's Fight Against Gun Control", published by Privateer Publications, San Antonio, Texas.[11][12]

Hupp was awarded the Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award by the National Rifle Association. In 1998, Charlton Heston honored Hupp as the first Texan awarded a lifetime NRA membership.

In the state House, Hupp was a member of the House Rural Caucus and the House Veterans and Military Affairs Caucus. In November 2003, Speaker Tom Craddick appointed Hupp as chair of the House select committee on child welfare and foster care. Craddick also named her to chair the Human Services Committee in the 79th Legislature. She also served on the House Law Enforcement Committee.

Hupp has been recognized by many conservative interest groups: the American Family Association, Free Market Foundation, the Texas Association of Business, the Chamber of Commerce, Texas Alliance For Life, Texas Eagle Forum, and the Young Conservatives of Texas. She was rated 100 percent pro-life by the Texas Right to Life Committee.

Hupp is quoted as having said, "How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual... as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of."[13]

Hupp has hosted a radio talk program in the Greater Austin area. She is a co-founder of the Civil Liberties Defense Foundation, a non-profit legal foundation dedicated to providing educational information relating to the preservation of civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution and to providing legal services to protect those rights.

She is married to Greg Hupp, who has served as her campaign manager. They have two sons, Alexander and Ethan. The Hupps have a small Arabian horse ranch near Kempner in Lampasas County.

Election history[edit]

Hupp did not seek a sixth term in 2006.

2004[edit]

Texas general election, 2004: House District 54[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Suzanna Gratia Hupp 28,907 60.86 -39.14
Democratic Edward Lindsey 18,594 39.14 +39.14
Majority 10,313 21.71 -78.29
Turnout 47,501 +152.50
Republican hold

2002[edit]

Texas general election, 2002: House District 54[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Suzanna Gratia Hupp 18,812 100.00 +37.82
Majority 18,812 100.00 +75.64
Turnout 18,812 -49.45
Republican hold

2000[edit]

Texas general election, 2000: House District 54[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Suzanna Gratia Hupp 23,139 62.18 +7.40
Democratic Don Armstrong 14,074 37.82 -7.40
Majority 9,065 24.36 +14.79
Turnout 37,213 +70.55
Republican hold

1998[edit]

Texas general election, 1998: House District 54[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Suzanna Gratia Hupp 11,954 54.78 +1.99
Democratic Don Armstrong 9,866 45.22 -1.99
Majority 2,088 9.57 +3.99
Turnout 21,820 -34.63
Republican hold

1996[edit]

Texas general election, 1996: House District 54[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Suzanna Gratia Hupp 17,620 52.79 -0.12
Democratic Dick Miller 15,757 47.21 +0.12
Majority 1,863 5.58 -0.25
Turnout 33,377 +37.33
Republican hold
Special Election, 5 November 1996: House District 54, Unexpired[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Suzanna Gratia Hupp 12,861 52.92 {{{change}}}
Democratic Dick Miller 11,444 47.08 -52.92
Majority 1,417 5.83 -94.17
Turnout 24,305 +62.05
Republican gain from Democratic

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Net Detective, People Search
  2. ^ http://www.privateerpublications.com
  3. ^ http://www.suzannahupp.com
  4. ^ Hupp to lead review of social services benefits for veterans by Robert T. Garrett, Dallas Morning News blog, January 17, 2013
  5. ^ Shooting Straight: Telling the Truth About Guns in America - Wayne Lapierre, James Jay Baker - Google Books
  6. ^ Transcription of Suzanna Hupp's testimony in favor of Missouri's HB-1720 bill
  7. ^ Shooting Straight: Telling the Truth About Guns in America - Wayne Lapierre, James Jay Baker - Google Books
  8. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1u0Byq5Qis Video of Hupp testifying before Congress
  9. ^ "U.S. Department of Justice, National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women, Biographical Information". justice.gov. 2006-06-19. Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  10. ^ Verhovek, Sam Howe (1995-03-06). "States Seek to Let Citizens Carry Concealed Weapons". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  11. ^ http://www.privateerpublications.com
  12. ^ http://www.suzannahupp.com
  13. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1u0Byq5Qis
  14. ^ "2004 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2006-12-20. 
  15. ^ "2002 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2006-12-20. 
  16. ^ "2000 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2006-12-20. 
  17. ^ "1998 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2006-12-20. 
  18. ^ "1996 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2006-12-20. 
  19. ^ "1996 November Special Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2006-12-20. 

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Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Layton Black
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 54 (Lampasas)
(1)
1997–2007
Succeeded by
Jimmie Don Aycock
Notes and references
1. For the 74th through 77th Legislatures, Hupp’s home city was Kempner