Joe (Joe) Deshotel (D-022)

State Representative Joe Deshotel

Joe (Joe) Deshotel (D-022)
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Capitol: 512.463.0662
FAX: 512.463.8381
District: 409.724.0788
Representative
Room 3N.6 Capitol Station 1100 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
One Plaza Square
Port Arthur, TX 77642
Residence:Beaumont, TX

Committee Assignments

Bio

Deshotel represents the 22nd Legislative District, which comprises most of Jefferson County. He is an attorney, businessman and life-long resident of Beaumont. Having served in the Texas Legislature for the past 20 years Deshotel has developed a mastery of the legislative process and having served on the leadership teams of the current and previous speaker, he has a working relationship with a vast array of business sectors of Texas. Below is his most recent appointments within the Texas House of Representatives- In the 80th Legislative Session, Representative Deshotel was appointed to serve as Chairman of the House Economic Development Committee. This committee assignment ensures that job creation and the increased vitalization of the technology industry receive proper attention during the legislative process. He was also reappointed to the Transportation Committee and the Redistricting Committee. Speaker Craddick also appointed Representative Deshotel to the Select Committee for Hurricane Ike Devastation. In the 81st Legislative Session Representative Deshotel was appointed Chairman of the Business and Industry Committee, the Insurance Committee and the Committee on Redistricting. Both the Business and Industry and Insurance have significant impact on the Texas economy. In the 82nd Legislative Session Representative Deshotel retained his Chairmanship of the Business and Industry Committee and was also appointed to the Culture Recreation and Tourism Committee, formally The Parks and Wildlife Committee. In the 83th Legislative Session Representative Deshotel was appointed Chairman of the Land and Resource Management Committee and member of the Public Education Committee where he Joint Authored House Bill 5 which made sweeping changes to Texas High School curriculum and testing. He was also appointed Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Coastal Barrier System, member of the Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives and the Select Committee on Redistricting. In the 84th Legislative Session Representative Deshotel was reappointed Chairman of the Land and Resource Management Committee and the Public Education Committee where he successfully passed bills enhancing early childhood education. He also served on the Public Education Sub-Committee on Education Quality. In the 85th Legislative Session Representative Deshotel was appointed to Chairmanship of the House Select Committee on Texas Ports Innovation and Infrastructure. He was a member of the Public Education; Economic and Small Business Development Committee; and Joint Committee on Coastal Barrier System. In the 86th Legislative Session Representative Deshotel was appointed to one of the most coveted committees, the House Calendars, which gave him the opportunity to help structure the items brought to the House Floor for debate. He also serves on the Human Services Committee and State Affairs Committee. During the 86th interim, he was re-appointed to be a member of the Joint Committee on Coastal Barrier System. Prior to serving in the legislature, Representative Deshotel served on the Beaumont City Council and was appointed by Governor Mark White to the Job Training Coordinating Council and Lamar University Board of Regents. He has a strong record as a champion of civil rights and civic responsibility, organizing Lamar University's first NAACP chapter. Joe also served as Vice-President for Administration and Legal Counsel of Lamar University-Beaumont. Representative Deshotel brings experience, insight and knowledgeable leadership to the issue of public education and economic development. In addition to Deshotel's legislative background he has been licensed to practice law in Texas for 35 years. His practice included personal injury, domestic relations and title insurance.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 1998    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Claudia Darjean   DOB: 12/3/1951
Counties Representing
Jefferson