1-1           WHEREAS, On March 23, 2001, the Honorable Rick Green
 1-2     celebrated his 30th birthday, bringing him one step closer to that
 1-3     inevitable day when he may develop his first wrinkle and actually
 1-4     begin to resemble a man in his thirties; and
 1-5           WHEREAS, Born in neighboring Arkansas, he is thought to have
 1-6     felt an ill wind blowing at an early age, and convinced his parents
 1-7     to move posthaste to Texas, where there are plenty of wide-open
 1-8     spaces available for a boy who enjoys his freedom; and
 1-9           WHEREAS, Settling in Wylie, young Rick embraced all things
1-10     Texan, even the requisite bravado required of those born in the
1-11     Lone Star State, and began his quest to take the world by storm,
1-12     graduating from high school with honors and earning all-state
1-13     recognition in mock trial and baseball competitions; and
1-14           WHEREAS, In the fall of 1989, he began attending Angelo State
1-15     University; overcoming his shy, retiring nature, he became an
1-16     outspoken student leader on campus, and in just six short months
1-17     built a college Republican group with only four members into a
1-18     dynamic political organization numbering 400 students; at that
1-19     time, Representative Green also created his first business, the
1-20     American Speed-Readers Association, and became a walking
1-21     advertisement for the company when he completed his bachelor's
1-22     degree in finance in two whirlwind years; and
1-23           WHEREAS, Entering The University of Texas School of Law as
1-24     its youngest student at the tender age of 20, he went on to
 2-1     complete his law degree, though he was most assuredly carded before
 2-2     gaining his admission to the State Bar; today, this certifiable
 2-3     go-getter practices corporate law with an emphasis on helping
 2-4     entrepreneurs start their own businesses, having opened two more
 2-5     successful ventures himself since moving to Central Texas; and
 2-6           WHEREAS, A future in politics was all but a foregone
 2-7     conclusion for our young hero, and since his election to the Texas
 2-8     House of Representatives in 1998, he has brought his unbridled
 2-9     enthusiasm to his work on the House Agriculture and Livestock
2-10     Committee and made career criminals quiver in their boots through
2-11     his involvement in the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee; and
2-12           WHEREAS, His achievements to date have earned him such
2-13     well-deserved honors as the 1999 Republican Freshman of the Year
2-14     Award from the House Republican Caucus, the Cattlemen's Council
2-15     Award, and the 1999 Freedom & Family Award from the Texas Eagle
2-16     Forum, though he should not get his hopes up for being named
2-17     Grooviest Sophomore any time soon; and
2-18           WHEREAS, Since Representative Green has finally attained the
2-19     sobering age of 30, his colleagues would like to reassure him that
2-20     he is far from being "over the hill," although he may possibly have
2-21     been "around the bend" a time or two; now, therefore, be it
2-22           RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 77th Texas
2-23     Legislature hereby congratulate the Honorable Rick Green on the
2-24     occasion of his 30th birthday and commend him for the great
2-25     initiative, dedication, and youthful exuberance he has shown thus
2-26     far as a member of this chamber; and, be it further
2-27           RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
 3-1     prepared for Representative Green as an expression of highest
 3-2     regard and good-natured fun by his slightly more seasoned
 3-3     colleagues in the Texas House of Representatives.
                                                   Speaker of the House
               I certify that H.R. No. 607 was adopted by the House on March
         26, 2001, by a non-record vote.
                                                 Chief Clerk of the House