On Thursday, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Board presented appreciation resolutions to Former State Representatives Carl Isett and Delwin Jones. The resolutions commend both men for their years of service and promotion of west Texas in Austin.
Isett was not able to attend Thursday's event. Jones says it is always humbling to be recognized and have somebody say thank you.
"The Chamber of Commerce is due the same recognition, because they've always been supportive of the legislation process in west Texas, and they're recognized statewide for being leaders," Jones said.
Resolution for Jones:
∗ Whereas, the retirement of The Honorable Delwin Jones from the Texas House of Representatives closes a chapter in this public servant's career that has spanned roughly 45 years; and,
∗ Whereas, this lifelong Lubbock citizen was born April 2, 1924 and earned a degree from Texas Tech University and served his country bravely and honorably during World War II in the U.S. Air Force; and,
∗ Whereas, during his tenure in the Texas Legislature Delwin Jones helped advance agriculture in West Texas, and was a tireless advocate for the Texas Tech University System throughout its history and was instrumental in the creation of the Texas Tech Law School, Texas Tech Medical School and the Lubbock County Hospital District as a partner to the Texas Tech Medical School; and,
∗ Whereas, Delwin Jones was praised for his bipartisanship by Democrats and Republicans alike, including current Texas Speakers of the House Joe Straus and former Speaker of the Pete Laney; and,
∗ Whereas, Delwin Jones served as Chairman of the House Committee on Redistricting and in that role in 1971 was the first to hold the position who held redistricting hearings not only in Austin but throughout the state; and,
∗ Whereas, West Texas and the State of Texas have benefited greatly from the leadership and dedication exhibited by Delwin Jones;
Therefore be it resolved that the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce does commend Delwin Jones for outstanding and dedicated service in the Texas House of Representatives and extend our friendship and best wishes as he looks forward to the next chapter in his life.
Resolution for Isett:
∗ Whereas, the retirement of The Honorable Carl Isett from the Texas House of Representatives closes a chapter in this public servant's career that has spanned 15 years; and,
∗ Whereas, Carl Isett earned a degree in accounting and finance from Texas Tech University and continues to serve his country honorably as a Commander in the United States Naval Reserve, having served in extended deployment in recent years in Kuwait and Iraq; and,
∗ Whereas, during his tenure in the Texas Legislature Carl Isett served as chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission, chaired the Subcommittee on General Government of the House Appropriations Committee and served as Chairman of Budget Oversight for the Licensing and Regulatory Committee; and,
∗ Whereas, Carl Isett's important legislative accomplishments include successfully championing bills that increased efficiency and improved the management of information technology in state government; and,
∗ Whereas, Carl Isett was repeatedly recognized by the Texas Association of Business and the National Federation of Independent Business for his pro-business legislative actions; and,
∗ Whereas, West Texas and the State of Texas have benefited greatly from the leadership and dedication exhibited by Carl Isett;
Therefore be it resolved that the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce does commend Carl Isett for outstanding and dedicated service in the Texas House of Representatives and extend our friendship and best wishes as he looks forward to the next chapter in his life.