Aggie Spotlight: The Honorable Christopher 'Chris' Paddie '96
Chris Paddie was born in Center, Texas and raised in Carthage. He graduated from Carthage High School and went on to graduate from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Distribution.
After graduation, Chris moved to Houston where he worked selling safety equipment and industrial products. Chris worked with numerous businesses, ranging from small businesses to national corporations, to provide efficient and affordable solutions for construction projects. While in Houston, Chris married Brooke Hanszen '97, his high school sweetheart.
Chris and Brooke returned home to East Texas and settled in Marshall, where Chris became the general manager of the KMHT radio station.
Chris was elected to the Marshall City Commission in 2008. Chris was selected by his colleagues to be Mayor of Marshall. On the Commission and as Mayor, Chris was known for his honesty, steadfast leadership and his strong conservative values, as well as his ability to work with all parties.
Chris was first elected to the Texas House, District 9, in November 2012 and was reelected to a second term in November 2014. Chris has earned the support of a wide range of groups including Texas Alliance for Life, Texas Medical Association, Texas Association of Manufacturers, Association of Texas Professional Educators, Texas Association of Realtors, the Combined Law Enforcement Agencies of Texas, and Texas Parent PAC, amongst others.
This session, Chris was appointed to the State Affairs; Licensing and Administrative Procedures; and Calendars Committees; and the Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Regulation.
In his second session, Chris has been appointed as the Vice Chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee as well as to the Transportation and House Administration Committees. He was also appointed to the Transportation Subcommittee on Long-term Infrastructure Planning and the Select Committee on Federal Environmental Regulation.
In his freshman session, Chris was appointed to serve on the House Energy Resources Committee and the House Land and Resource Management Committee. He is also the House of Representatives appointee to the Texas Bioenergy Policy Counsel. Chris has previously been appointed to the Joint Committee on Coastal Barrier Systems, the House Energy Subcommittee on Seismic Activity, and the Select Committee on Health Care Education and Training.
Chris is a member of the Texas Conservative Coalition, the Texas Energy Caucus, the Young Texans Legislative Caucus, a member of the TEA Party Caucus, the Texas Tourism Caucus and the Fine Arts Caucus.
For his work in the 85th Legislature, Chris was named as one of the Top 10 Legislators by Texas Monthly and an Exemplary Conservative for Transportation and an overall Effective Conservative by the Conservative Roundtable of Texas.
Chris has previously been honored as a Courageous Conservative by the Texas Conservative Coalition and as a Lone Star Conservative Leader by the Texas Conservative Roundtable. He has also been named a Champion of Free Enterprise by the Texas Association of Business and one of the Best in the House by the Combined Law Enforcement Agencies of Texas.
Chris is a former Chairman of the Texas Association of Broadcasters. He has also previously served as the Chairman of the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce and on the board of directors for the Marshall Harrison County Literacy Council, the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Pines (past president), and Junior Achievement for East Texas.
Chris and Brooke have two sons, Christopher, 16, and Noah, 13. Chris and his family attend the Immanuel Baptist Church in Marshall.