KUBIAK, DANIEL JAMES (DAN) (1938^1998) Daniel James Kubiak was born March 19, 1938 in Reagan, (Falls County) Texas to John T. and Connie Snider Kubiak and was the oldest of six children.
He graduated from Marlin High School in 1957 (Reagan Public Schools) where he was class president and a letterman in football, basketball, track and baseball. Kubiak received an Associate of Arts Degree in 1959 from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas and a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1962 from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. He attended UT on a football scholarship. In 1968 he received his Masters of Education from Midwestern University in Wichita Falls, Texas and performed graduate work at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Kubiak later received a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Texas. Dan Kubiak was a teacher and coach for Vernon Public Schools, Vernon, Texas (1962-1963) and Cypress-Fairbanks Public Schools, Houston, Texas (1963-1968). He was a semi-pro football player for the 1962 state champion Vernon Vikings. He received the Teacher of the Year Award in 1967 for both Cypress-Fairbanks High School and the Texas State Teachers Association District Award.
Kubiak began his political career in 1968 when he won his first term in the 61st Texas Legislature by defeating the incumbent state representative of District 27 (Milam, Falls and Robertson Counties). He was reelected to his second term in 1970 and in 1972 defeated the District 36 (Burlington, Milam, Robertson, Washington and Waller Counties) incumbent to win his third legislative term. In 1973 Kubiak was a delegate to the historic constitutional convention in Milam County as Chairman of the Committee and Section on Education. He was later reelected in 1974, 1976, 1978 and 1980 as the representative for District 36.
During these seven terms in office, Kubiak served on the Education Committee, Agriculture and Livestock Committee, Parks and Wildlife Committee, Penitentiaries Committee, Special Committee on Four-Quarter School Plan, Rules Committee and the Appropriations Committee. He served as Chairman of the Budget and Oversight Committee and the Subcommittee on Federal Funds during the 67th Legislature (1981), his seventh term in office. Speaker of the House Bill Clayton appointed Kubiak as Chairman of the State Fire Ant Committee in 1981.
After his seventh term in office, Kubiak left public office to pursue other political and business interests. He unsuccessfully ran for Texas Land Commissioner in 1982 and lost to Republican Phil Gramm in a special election for U.S. Congress in 1983. In 1984, he lost another bid for Congress against the GOP's Joe Barton of Ennis. During this time he also concentrated on personal real estate, farming and construction projects.
In 1990 Kubiak was reelected to his 8th term in the legislature representing District 13 (Burlington, Milam, Robertson, Washington and Waller counties). He was reelected in 1992, 1994 and 1996. In 1992, District 13 was redrawn to include Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Lee, Milam and Washington Counties. During these terms he served on the Higher Education Committee, the Agriculture and Livestock Committee, the Committee to Study Texas State Technical College, the Appropriations Committee, the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee and the Joint Interim Committee on State Investment Policy. He served as Chairman of the Funding Formulas for Higher Education Committee, the Deferred Maintenance Committee, the Sub-Committee for regulatory Agencies and the Oversight of Major Information Systems Interim Committee. Kubiak was Vice-Chairman for the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee.
Kubiak was running for reelection in 1998 when he died unexpectedly at his home in Rockdale, Texas. Throughout his 22 years in public office he was the recipient of many awards and a member of many private and non-profit organizations in addition to being active in his hometown community of Rockdale, Texas. Dan Kubiak was the father of three children and is buried at the Texas State Cemetery.
BIBLIOGRAPY: Peck, Mike "Services for Kubiak today in Rockdale", The Cameron Herald, September 3, 1998; personal biography provided by the Kubiak family.