A native Houstonian, David Dewhurst is a proud veteran, businessman, rancher and devoted family man. He has served as Texas Lieutenant Governor since 2003.
David’s father, David Dewhurst, Jr., flew 85 missions during World War II as a B-26 bomber pilot, and led the last D-Day bombing on Normandy's Utah Beach. After returning to home to Texas, David's dad was killed in a car accident when David was only three.
Following her husband’s death, David’s mother went to work as a secretary to support her family. She instilled in her sons the values of faith, integrity and hard work, and David took those values to heart, working his way through high school and college.
A basketball standout at Lamar High School in Houston, the 6'5" Dewhurst enrolled at the University of Arizona, joining the Wildcats basketball team.
After graduating, Dewhurst entered the U.S. Air Force, where he served as an Intelligence Officer. He continued his service to our nation as a Clandestine Services Case Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency overseas. In the 1990s, David served on the U.S. Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the United States Intelligence Community. Years later, he was appointed Chairman of the Governor’s Task Force Committee on Homeland Security in the wake of 9/11, where he helped structure Texas' defense against terrorism.
After leaving the CIA, David returned to Houston and built his own business from the ground up. Initially successful, David and his company were hit hard by the 1980s oil and real estate bust. Though David was beaten up, he never gave up. Soon, his company, Falcon Seaboard, was a thriving energy and investments firm.
Always interested in good conservative government, David became the Finance Chair of the Republican Party of Texas, and helped elect many candidates to office.
Dewhurst's first elected office was as Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. On Day One, he cut the size of the agency by over 15%, and returned state dollars each budget cycle.
Four years later, Dewhurst became only the second Republican to be elected Lt. Governor since Reconstruction. As Lt. Governor, Dewhurst has championed and helped pass some of the most fiscally and socially conservative laws in the nation.
A strong fiscal conservative, David helped pass the largest tax cut in state history, reduce taxes and fees 51 times for over $14 billion in savings, and balance five state budgets without raising taxes. As a result, Texas' economy is the strongest in the country, and Texas has created more jobs in the last three years than all the other 49 states combined.
Today, Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in per capita state spending, 47th out of 50 states in per capita state taxes (per $1,000 of personal income), and 45th out of 50 states in per capita state debt.
David lives in Houston with wife Tricia and their young daughter, Carolyn. A rancher, team roper, and cutting horse participant, Dewhurst was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2009. Dewhurst is a member of the Second Baptist Church in Houston.