|Texas State Representative from District 63 (Denton County)|
January 9, 2007
|Preceded by||Mary C. Denny|
May 22, 1971 |
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth (Beth) Parker|
|Children||Lauren and Ashley|
|Alma mater||London School of Economics|
Tan Parker (born May 22, 1971) is a businessman and politician from Flower Mound, Texas, who serves in the Texas House of Representatives. He was elected in 2006 as a Republican to represent District 63 located in southwestern Denton County.
Parker was educated at the University of Dallas, where he served as student body president and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political philosophy. He later earned a Master's Degree from the London School of Economics. Parker is married with two daughters.
Parker volunteered for numerous Republican campaigns from the time he was a teenager. He chaired the College Republicans of Texas and was a White House intern during the administration of George Herbert Walker Bush.
Parker first ran for state office in 2006 and faced four opponents in the Republican primary election, including Lewisville ISD board president Anne Lakusta, who received the endorsement of the Dallas Morning News. Parker garnered the most votes in the primary but needed a runoff to defeat Lakusta. No other party fielded a candidate in the general election; so Parker's runoff election win earned him the seat.
In 2008, Parker faced two candidates, Democrat Jesus Carrillo and Libertarian candidate John Turner. He defeated both with 64,048 votes (72.97 percent) to Carrillo's 19,883 (22.65 percent) and Turner's 3,831 (4.36 percent).
In 2010, he was unopposed in both the Republican primary and the general election.
In 2012, Parker ran unopposed in the Republican primary election and defeated Bruce Hermann Libertarian in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
In 2014, he ran unopposed in the Republican primary election. He faced Democrat David Moran in the general election and defeated Moran with 30,809 votes (77.3%) to Moran's 9,026 (22.7%).
On March 1, 2016, he once again won the Republican primary election for House District 63. Parker is running unopposed in the 2016 general election, which will be held on November 8, 2016. He will serve his sixth term in the Texas House of Representatives during the upcoming 85th Texas Legislative Session.
During the 2017 session, Parker held to position of Chairman of the Republican Caucus, supporting the agenda of the coalition of House Speaker Joe Straus' moderate Republican members and the Democrats.
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Mary C. Denny
|Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 63 (Flower Mound)
2007 – present
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