SHERMAN, MAX RAY (1935 ~ ). The following is a brief biographical sketch of Max Ray Sherman, former Member and President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate. The biography was provided by the Sherman family.
"Max Ray Sherman was born on January 19, 1935 in Viola Arkansas. Moving with his family to Texas, Mr. Sherman attended Baylor University, where he received a B. A. degree in History and the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with honors from the UT Law School in 1960.
Upon graduation, he joined the Amarillo law firm of Gibson, Ochsner and Adkins as attorney and partner. In November of 1960, Mr. Sherman joined the United States Army and became a captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps where he served until January 1964.
After being honorably discharged from the Army, Sherman returned to private practice until he ran for and won a seat in the Texas Senate. Sherman held that seat from 1971 to 1977. While in the Senate, Sherman served as chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, 1973 - 1977, and member of the Jurisprudence Committee, 1973 - 1977, and member of the Finance Committee, 1971 - 1977. He was president pro tempore in 1974.
Sherman was also a delegate to the Texas Constitutional Convention and chairman of the Committee on Style and Drafting in 1974. After serving four terms as Senator, Sherman assumed the position of President at West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas. Sherman held that position until 1982 when he worked as Special Counsel to Governor Mark White.
In July of 1983, Sherman was named the Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Sherman retired as dean in 1996 to focus more of his time on his family and his favorite hobby, fishing."
Further biographical information available through the Texas State Cemetery research department.