H.R. No. 415
                                  R E S O L U T I O N
    1-1        WHEREAS, With the approach of St. Patrick's Day, it is indeed
    1-2  a great pleasure to recognize the Honorable Pat Haggerty as the one
    1-3  member of this chamber who comes by his penchant for blarney quite
    1-4  naturally, having been born on March 17, 1944; and
    1-5        WHEREAS, Despite having plenty of the devil in him,
    1-6  Mr. Haggerty actually studied for the priesthood as a young man but
    1-7  when one of his fellow seminarians explained all that one must give
    1-8  up to achieve this state of grace, he decided he had already
    1-9  sacrificed plenty as one of 11 kids in his family and quickly began
   1-10  looking for another line of work to which he would be better
   1-11  suited; and
   1-12        WHEREAS, Interested in aiding the homeless, Mr. Haggerty
   1-13  naturally went into the real estate profession, in which capacity
   1-14  he has helped countless Texans to acquire the American dream while
   1-15  turning a tidy profit for himself, and his success as a realtor
   1-16  enabled him to finally realize a personal goal he had set for
   1-17  himself--no, not memorizing the entire theme to Gilligan's Island
   1-18  but, rather, finding an avocation he could use to help others; and
   1-19        WHEREAS, Mr. Haggerty began his outstanding tenure in public
   1-20  office as a member of the El Paso City Council, on which he served
   1-21  with the utmost mediocrity for eight years, until he was elected
   1-22  to the Texas House of Representatives by area citizens, who had
   1-23  finally determined it was the only way to get him to leave town
   1-24  with any regularity; and
    2-1        WHEREAS, Since 1989, this fine gentleman has established a
    2-2  name for himself as a guy who can always be counted on to take the
    2-3  ball and run with it, whether in the legislative arena or on the
    2-4  golf course; yes, a true class act, he has broadened the horizons
    2-5  of his legislative colleagues during his years in Austin as the
    2-6  reigning champion of the Legislator Bowling Tournament but has yet
    2-7  to convince them that square dancing and basketweaving are equally
    2-8  appealing pastimes; and
    2-9        WHEREAS, Regarded as the most "far out" of all the house
   2-10  members, Mr. Haggerty has proven time and again his ability to go
   2-11  the distance, and his willingness to travel for the benefit of
   2-12  others helps to explain, in part, the generosity that has prompted
   2-13  him to serve as an announcer on a number of occasions for the Miss
   2-14  Texas and Miss California beauty pageants; and
   2-15        WHEREAS, During the current legislative session, Mr. Haggerty
   2-16  has proven effective at gaining the attention of his fellow
   2-17  colleagues on the Appropriations and Pensions & Investments
   2-18  committees, who would like to caution him at this time to avoid
   2-19  bringing whoopee cushions to their hearings in the future; and
   2-20        WHEREAS, Despite his many eccentricities, Mr. Haggerty did
   2-21  choose a fine day on which to be born and his legislative
   2-22  colleagues would like to thank him at this time for giving us an
   2-23  occasion we can all look forward to, the wearing of the gray; now,
   2-24  therefore, be it
   2-25        RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 74th Texas
   2-26  Legislature hereby congratulate Patrick Shamus Haggerty O'Shaunnesy
   2-27  McDonald on the joyous occasion of his 51st birthday and extend to
    3-1  him sincere best wishes for the luck o' the Irish in the coming
    3-2  year; and, be it further
    3-3        RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
    3-4  prepared for Mr. Haggerty as an expression of highest regard by his
    3-5  fellow blokes in the Texas House of Representatives.