San Antonio.- There’s a new star in Texas and his name is John Sharp. The Texas A&M University System Chancellor will be named the 2013 Texan of the Year on Thursday, March 21.
The event, sponsored by the Texas Legislative Conference, will be held at the New Braunfels Civic/ Convention Center.
He will join the ranks of past winners, such as Laura Bush, Barbara Jordan, Herb Kelleher and John Connelly.
The Texas Legislative Conference Meets annually to discuss public policy. Topics to be discussed at the ceremony include Media and Medicare funding, transportation funding and a panel reviewing post-election impacts.
Conference Chair Senator Jeff Wentworth said Sharp was chosen because he’d dedicated more than thirty years to improving the state.
Sharp’s experience includes working at Ryan and Company, a large accounting firm. He not only received a degree in political science from Texas A&M, but he also served as a staff member of the Corps of Cadets and as student body president during his college years.
“Those early years of leadership skills serving those from all walks of life without deference to political parties have greatly benefitted Texas. “
Those leadership skills served him well, and he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. He then won a seat in the Senate in 1982, served as state comptroller in 1990, and was re-elected for the latter in 1994.
During his time in office, Sharp also used his accounting experience to revert the state’s tax system, saving taxpayers billions of dollars.
For more information, call the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce at (830) 608-2807 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.