PARKER, CARL A. (1934~) Carl A. Parker, member of the Texas House of Representatives and senator, was born in Port Arthur, Texas on August 6, 1934. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1958 and was licensed to practice law in March of the same year. After a time in private practice, Parker entered the United States Naval Reserve as a Navy lawyer.
While serving as a Navy lawyer, he handled more than 500 claims for and against the government and contested court-martials in a period of three and one-half years. Parker attained the rank of Commander while in the Naval Reserve.
After leaving the Navy, Parker returned to his legal career in Port Arthur as a partner with Long & Parker. In November of 1962, Parker was elected to the Texas House of Representatives and served until his election to the Texas Senate in 1977. Parker served as Senator of the Fourth Senatorial District until 1995.
In his thirty-three year tenure, Senator Parker authored or co-sponsored more than 400 bills, which were enacted into state law. These measures include the establishment of Lamar University, Port Arthur; the Consumer Protection Act; Texas' First Industrial Safety Bill; the Education Reform Bill of 1984; the creation of the Texas Housing Agency; the establishment of the Port of Port Arthur; the Insurance Reform Bill of 1991 and the School Finance Reform Bill. He sponsored legislation merging all state environmental agencies into one, which is now the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Committee. While serving in the Texas Legislature, Parker was the only person elected to serve as both Speaker Pro Tempore of the House and President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
Parker's business experience includes banking, having served as Chairman of Mid-County Bank Board and assisting in the chartering of three other banks. He was co-founder of Bridge City Cablevision and general counsel. Parker is also a general partner in Cajun Cabins, Ltd., a bed and breakfast on Pleasure Island, Port Arthur, Texas.
Parker is currently serving as senior partner in the law firm of Parker & Parks, L. L. P., which has offices in both Austin and Port Arthur. In Senator Parker's distinguished law career, he has handled almost every type of legal case imaginable, from minor criminal cases to capitol murder and federal crimes; representation of foreign countries, multi-million dollar business litigation and recovery of multiple millions of dollars for individual clients in personal injury litigation.
Information provided by Senator Parker and supplemented by Texas State Cemetery file materials.