HACKNEY, CLINTON PORTER (1952~)
Clinton Hackney was born March 5, 1952 in Lufkin, Texas. He graduated from Lufkin High in 1970 and went to Texas A&M. He received a B.A. in Political Science in 1974. While at Texas A&M he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and Ross Volunteers. After graduating, he served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army where he was a paratrooper. In 1976, he studied Comparative Laws at Oxford University in England. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1977. He primarily practiced commercial litigation until he ran for the Texas House of Representatives in 1980. At the age of 28, he was elected to the House and served for eight years representing a District in Northwest Houston. While in the House he was Chairman of the House Elections Committee and Chairman of the House Energy Committee. In 1985, he helped to rewrite the Election Code and later led the way for construction and management of prison by private enterprise and played major role in the creation of the Texas Department of Commerce in 1987. Since his unsuccessful run for Texas Railroad Commission he and his family have lived in Austin. Among his private ventures he has owned a commuter bus company, served as Director of Cornerstone savings and Loan, been active with the Southwest Energy Council and been active in various civic and church groups.