1-1           WHEREAS, January 4, 2001, marked a truly significant
 1-2     milestone in the life of our distinguished colleague, the Honorable
 1-3     Anna Mowery, for on that date she celebrated her 70th birthday; and
 1-4           WHEREAS, A native of Decatur, Texas, this esteemed individual
 1-5     earned her bachelor's degree from Baylor University; she then
 1-6     traveled to Edmond, Oklahoma, to attend Central State University,
 1-7     and, after attaining her master's degree from that institution, she
 1-8     demonstrated her characteristic good judgment and returned to Texas
 1-9     just as quickly as she could; and
1-10           WHEREAS, Turning her talents to the political arena in 1975,
1-11     Mrs. Mowery boldly went where no woman had gone before by becoming
1-12     the first of her gender to serve as Tarrant County Republican
1-13     Chair, a position she held for two years; and
1-14           WHEREAS, Elected to the House of Representatives in 1988, she
1-15     hit the house floor running and has ably served her constituents
1-16     ever since; among the committees that have benefited from her
1-17     dedication and expertise are Land and Resource Management, Business
1-18     and Industry, and Elections, all of which she vice-chaired, in
1-19     addition to Appropriations, House Administration, and Labor and
1-20     Employment Relations; and
1-21           WHEREAS, Mrs. Mowery is undaunted by even the most
1-22     overwhelming of legislative assignments, as is evidenced by her
1-23     efforts as a member of the House Committee on Constitutional
1-24     Revision last session; and
 2-1           WHEREAS, In spite of the fact that she has had a few more
 2-2     years than most of her fellow representatives to gain recognition
 2-3     for her work, Mrs. Mowery's extensive list of well-deserved
 2-4     accolades is nonetheless impressive, and includes the Friend of
 2-5     Hospice Award from the Texas and New Mexico hospice organizations,
 2-6     the NFIB Guardian Award, and the 4-H Alumni Award; and
 2-7           WHEREAS, Mrs. Mowery is an avid bridge player and also has a
 2-8     fondness for fine wine; her enviable viticultural acumen has served
 2-9     her well as the sponsor of legislation regarding the sale and
2-10     shipment of vintage spirits in the Lone Star State; and
2-11           WHEREAS, Beloved by her entire family, in which she takes
2-12     tremendous pride, Mrs. Mowery is supported in all her endeavors by
2-13     her devoted husband, Wesley, their four children, Jeanette, Tim,
2-14     Mark, and Marianne, and their grandchildren; and
2-15           WHEREAS, Although Mrs. Mowery's life now totals seven decades
2-16     and counting, her insight and diligence make her a valued and
2-17     respected member of this body, as well as an inspiration to her
2-18     fellow house members, many of whom are staying in shape trying to
2-19     keep up with her; now, therefore, be it
2-20           RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 77th Texas
2-21     Legislature hereby belatedly congratulate the Honorable Anna Mowery
2-22     on the momentous occasion of her 70th birthday and extend to her
2-23     sincere best wishes for continued happiness in the years to come;
2-24     and, be it further      RESOLVED, That an official copy of this
2-25     resolution be prepared for Mrs. Mowery as an expression of highest
2-26     regard by her colleagues in the Texas House of Representatives.
         Laney                   Glaze                    Menendez
         Alexander               Goodman                  Merritt
         Allen                   Goolsby                  Miller
         Averitt                 Gray                     Moreno of Harris
         Bailey                  Green                    Moreno of El Paso
         Berman                  Grusendorf               Morrison
         Bonnen                  Gutierrez                Naishtat
         Bosse                   Haggerty                 Najera
         Brimer                  Hamric                   Nixon
         Brown of Kaufman        Hardcastle               Noriega
         Brown of Brazos         Hartnett                 Oliveira
         Burnam                  Hawley                   Olivo
         Callegari               Heflin                   Pickett
         Capelo                  Hilbert                  Pitts
         Carter                  Hilderbran               Puente
         Chavez                  Hill                     Ramsay
         Chisum                  Hinojosa                 Rangel
         Christian               Hochberg                 Reyna of Bexar
         Clark                   Hodge                    Reyna of Dallas
         Coleman                 Homer                    Ritter
         Cook                    Hope                     Sadler
         Corte                   Hopson                   Salinas
         Counts                  Howard                   Seaman
         Crabb                   Hunter                   Shields
         Craddick                Hupp                     Smith
         Crownover               Isett                    Smithee
         Cuellar                 Janek                    Solis
         Danburg                 Jones of Lubbock         Solomons
         Davis of Harris         Jones of Bexar           Swinford
         Davis of Dallas         Jones of Dallas          Talton
         Delisi                  Junell                   Telford
         Denny                   Keel                     Thompson
         Deshotel                Keffer                   Tillery
         Driver                  King of Parker           Truitt
         Dukes                   King of Uvalde           Turner of Coleman
         Dunnam                  Kitchen                  Turner of Harris
         Dutton                  Kolkhorst                Uher
         Edwards                 Krusee                   Uresti
         Ehrhardt                Kuempel                  Villarreal
         Eiland                  Lewis of Tarrant         Walker
         Elkins                  Lewis of Orange          West
         Ellis                   Longoria                 Williams
         Farabee                 Luna                     Wilson
         Farrar                  McCall                   Wise
         Flores                  McClendon                Wohlgemuth
         Gallego                 McReynolds               Wolens
         Garcia                  Madden                   Woolley
         George                  Marchant                 Yarbrough
         Geren                   Martinez Fischer         Zbranek
         Giddings                Maxey
                                                   Speaker of the House
               I certify that H.R. No. 51 was adopted by the House on
         January 11, 2001, by a non-record vote.
                                                 Chief Clerk of the House