Frank Wayne Calhoun

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Full Name: Frank Wayne Calhoun
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 1 (C1)
Row:J  Number:3
Reason for Eligibility: Member, Texas House of Representatives; Member, San Jacinto Historical Advisory Board 
Birth Date: April 15, 1933 
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CALHOUN, FRANK WAYNE (1933 ~ ) Frank Wayne Calhoun, State Representative and member of the San Jacinto Historical Advisory Board, was born in Houston, Texas on April 15, 1933, to Wilmer Cecil and Ruby Edith (Willis) Calhoun. After graduating from high school, he entered the U. S. Navy in 1951, and served until 1953. He later attended Texas Tech University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1956. From Lubbock, he moved to Austin, where he received his law degree, a Doctor of Jurisprudence, from the University of Texas in January, 1959. He passed the Bar Exam on May 4, 1959, and returned to West Texas - Abilene - where he was a partner in the law firm of Byrd, Shaw, Weeks and Calhoun. In 1966, he successfully ran for the Texas House of Representatives. He represented Taylor County from 1967 to 1975.

Taking his oath of office on January 10, 1967, Calhoun served on numerous committees, including: Oil, Gas and Mining; Criminal Jurisprudence, for which he was the Chair; Urban Affairs, for which he was Vice Chair; and Revenue and Taxation. He was also a delegate to the 1974 State Constitutional Convention, which attempted to redraft a new constitution for Texas. After serving four terms in the House, he joined the Houston law firm of Liddell, Sapp, Zivley, Hill and LaBoon.

While in Houston, Calhoun practiced public law, and specialized in legislative matters and administrative agencies. He also served as a registered lobbyist for many of his firm's clients. He actively lobbied on issues of taxation, transportation and tort reform. His legislative counseling work also includes representing clients before the City of Houston, Harris County and the United States Congress. After retiring from Liddell, Sapp, Zivley, Hill and LaBoon, Calhoun moved to Austin, where he has his own law firm.

Active on numerous boards around the State, he has served as a member of the Executive Committee for the Texas Film Commission, Chairman of the San Jacinto Historical Advisory Board, Trustee of the Texas Historical Foundation, Trustee of the San Jacinto Museum of History, Director of the Institute of Texan Cultures, Past Trustee and Fellow of the Texas Tech Law School Foundation, and as a member of the Advisory Council for the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

Calhoun has also been recognized for his work in his communities and state. He was named an Outstanding Young Man by the Abilene Jaycees and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Bar Association in 1969, 1971, and 1973.

Calhoun is the father of two sons, Michael and David.

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