Representative Tom Craddick Sworn In, Breaks Service Record
MIDLAND – When former Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Midland State Representative Tom Craddick, was sworn in today and began serving in his 24th consecutive legislative session, he surpassed the late Senator A. M. Aikin, Jr. from Paris, Texas as the longest serving member of the Texas State Legislature. Upon completion of his term in 2017, Craddick will have served Midland and Texas for 48 years.
“Serving 46 years and becoming the longest-serving state lawmaker in this venerable institution is a milestone I never envisioned when I was first elected in 1968,” Craddick said. “One of the greatest honors of my life has been serving in the Texas House of Representatives, both as a member and as House Speaker.”
Rep. Craddick was administered the oath of office at his home in Midland by District Judge Rodney Satterwhite, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Craddick was prevented from making the trip to Austin for the 84th Texas Legislature swearing-in ceremony as he is recovering from a December back surgery.
“I regard it as an unanticipated blessing to be sworn in on this momentous occasion right here in the town I love more than any other in this great state,” Craddick said. “This will be a tremendously important moment in my life, and I am grateful to all the people of District 82 for their love, prayers and support over these past decades of service.”