By:  Ellis                                             S.R. No. 163
    1-1                           SENATE RESOLUTION
    1-2        WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to
    1-3  salute the Honorable Wilhelmina Delco who has recently retired
    1-4  from the Texas House of Representatives after a superlative career
    1-5  of public service that encompassed 10 terms; and
    1-6        WHEREAS, She graduated from Wendell Phillips High School in
    1-7  Chicago where she was Student Body President and was a member of
    1-8  the National Honor Society; she earned her bachelor of arts degree
    1-9  from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; and
   1-10        WHEREAS, Possessed with an abiding commitment to education,
   1-11  she became a member of the Austin Independent School District Board
   1-12  of Trustees in 1968; she was Secretary of the Board from 1972 to
   1-13  1974; in addition, she was on the founding Board of Trustees for
   1-14  Austin Community College and served as Secretary of that board from
   1-15  1973 to 1974; and
   1-16        WHEREAS, She began her outstanding legislative career in
   1-17  November, 1974, when she became the first African-American official
   1-18  elected at-large from Travis County; and
   1-19        WHEREAS, During her legislative tenure, Mrs. Delco served
   1-20  on many committees and has become a recognized expert in the field
   1-21  of higher education; a member of the Interim Committee to Study
   1-22  Alternatives for Public School Finance, she served as the Vice-Chair
   1-23  for the Joint Committee on Higher Education and as the Chair of the
    2-1  Subcommittee on Curriculum Reform and the Subcommittee on Special
    2-2  School Populations; and
    2-3        WHEREAS, An outstanding role model for young people, she
    2-4  was appointed Chair of the House Higher Education Committee in 1979,
    2-5  and she served in that capacity until her appointment as Speaker
    2-6  Pro Tempore in 1991; she was the first woman and the second person
    2-7  of African-American heritage to serve in this post in the
    2-8  Texas House of Representatives; and
    2-9        WHEREAS, For her devotion to education, her vision, and her
   2-10  achievements, Representative Delco has received honorary doctoral
   2-11  degrees from eight different institutions of higher education; and
   2-12        WHEREAS, A resident of Austin, Texas, she is a member of
   2-13  Holy Cross Catholic Church and is married to Dr. Exalton Delco;
   2-14  they are the proud parents of four children and loving grandparents
   2-15  of eight grandchildren; and
   2-16        WHEREAS, Representative Delco has served her community
   2-17  through her work with the Austin American-Statesman Scholarship
   2-18  Committee for the United Negro College Fund and as the Chair of
   2-19  Education for the Huston-Tillotson College Board of Directors; and
   2-20        WHEREAS, Invariably willing to give of her time and
   2-21  talents to numerous worthy organizations, Representative Delco has
   2-22  repeatedly been honored with awards during her lifetime of public
   2-23  service; she was named to receive the 1990 Distinguished State
   2-24  Leadership in Higher Education Award of the American Association
   2-25  of State Colleges and Universities, the Austin's Most Distinguished
    3-1  Political Female Achievement Award by the Austin Metropolitan
    3-2  Business Resource Center, and the Award for Most Outstanding
    3-3  Legislator for a Lifetime of Dedication to All Children bestowed
    3-4  by the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers; and
    3-5        WHEREAS, In all her activities, Representative Delco has
    3-6  always given 100 percent of her care, intelligence, warmth, and
    3-7  abilities; Texas is indeed fortunate to count this justly honored
    3-8  gentlewoman among its citizens; now, therefore, be it
    3-9        RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas,
   3-10  74th Legislature, hereby commend and applaud the career of service
   3-11  of Representative Wilhelmina Delco to the citizens of Texas and
   3-12  extend to her best wishes in her new career on the national level;
   3-13  and, be it further
   3-14        RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for her
   3-15  as an expression of the high esteem of the Texas Senate.
   3-16                               ______________________________________
   3-17                                       President of the Senate
   3-18                                    I hereby certify that the above
   3-19                               Resolution was adopted by the Senate
   3-20                               on February 7, 1995.
   3-21                               ______________________________________
   3-22                                       Secretary of the Senate
   3-23                               ______________________________________
   3-24                                        Member, Texas Senate