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Reeves Announces Candidacy for Texas Senate

East Texas Business, Community and Republican Leader will seek GOP nomination in District 3 Senate seat being vacated by Todd Staples.

Center, Texas—Today, East Texas businessman and Community leader Bob Reeves announced his candidacy for the District 3 Senate seat being vacated by incumbent State Senator Todd Staples who is expected to make a run for the post of Texas Agriculture Commissioner. Senate District 3 includes all or part of sixteen East Texas counties. Reeves will seek the Republican nomination for the District 3 seat in the March 2006 Primary.

Reeves, forty five, a GOP activist and former Republican County Chairman, said he will be a strong voice for East Texas families and business owners and that he would continue Staples conservative leadership in the Senate.

“Like Todd Staples, I am a true conservative who will help lead the fight in the Texas Senate for fiscal responsibility and for balancing our state budget without tax increases,” said Reeves. “And, like Senator Staples, I will be a strong proponent for protecting and strengthening families and for defending marriage,” he added.

Born and raised in East Texas, and a seventh generation Texan, Bob Reeves is the President of C & R Refrigeration, Inc., a forty-two year old family owned business in Center with forty employees. The company manufactures commercial grade refrigeration and ice making equipment to customers in Texas, across the United States, and around the world.

Because of his commitment to bringing new jobs and opportunities to Texas, in 1997 Reeves was named Chairman of the Texas International Trade Commission by then Texas Governor George W. Bush. Governor Bush also appointed him that same year as a member of the Texas Department of Commerce Advisory Board. A strong proponent of putting an end to junk lawsuits, Reeves was an early supporter of Texans for Lawsuit Reform, the state’s leading civil justice advocacy group.

Additionally, he is the president and owner of Reeves Industries, Inc. a diversified real estate holdings corporation involving the service sector of the economy and he is a Partner in Parker Place, LLP- a subdivision and residential housing project. He is a member of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce where he served as a director and he is the Past Chairman of the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee.

Reeves currently serves as the Chairman of Texans for Reliable Energy, a group of over 2000 business and community leaders, elected officials, and consumers who are fighting to ensure that all Texas have fairly priced and reliable electricity and that East Texans have the opportunity to enjoy all of the benefits of electric deregulation enjoyed by their Texans in other parts of our state.

Reeves, the owner of Reeves Farms, a cow/calf operation and pine tree farm, is a strong advocate for protecting East Texas property and water rights. He was recently appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry as one of two Texas members of the Sabine Compact Commission which administers the Sabine River Compact to ensure that Texas receives its equitable share of quality water from the Sabine River and its tributaries. The Compact includes the states of Texas and Louisiana.

Bob Reeves believes the number one priority of state government should be providing a quality education to our children. As member of the Texas Senate he will work to ensure that the State of Texas honors its commitment to our school children by making sure education funding remains the state’s first spending priority. Reeves has served since 1989 as a member of the Center Independent School District Board of Trustees.

Reeves has also been an outspoken advocate for strengthening Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches and he understands the important role it plays in the economic development of the region. Because of his commitment to higher education and the role it plays in securing the future of our state, Texas Governor Rick Perry asked Bob to serve on the Governor’s Council on Science and Biotechnology Development.

Bob Reeves has also been a tireless advocate for building and strengthening the Republican Party in Texas and the United States, especially in his home East Texas. In addition to serving as the elected Republican County Chairman in Shelby County, Bob was a State Co-Chairman for George W. Bush’s first campaign for Governor in 1994 and a member of his steering committee when he sought reelection in 1998. Reeves was appointed by Governor Bush to be a member of his Inaugural Committee in 1998. He has served as a member of the Campaign Steering Committees for Governor Rick Perry and for Senator Todd Staples, as well as the Shelby County Chairman for the George Bush Presidential Campaign. Additionally, he has been a delegate numerous times to the State Republican Convention and has been a member of the Associated Republicans of Texas Candidates Committee.

After graduating from Center High School, Bob Reeves attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in 1981 with a major in International Business. He is a life member of the University of Texas Ex-Students Association. Bob is married to the former Sheilah Adams and they have three children, Chelsea, 17, Abby, 15, and Robert, 8. The Reeves are active members of the First Baptist Church in Center where Bob and Sheilah both serve as Sunday School Teachers and where Bob has served as a member of the Youth and Recreation Committees. He is a member of the Center Rotary Club which he has served as President and received the Paul Harris Fellow award.

Bob Reeves wants to go to the Texas Senate where he can use his background, education, and training to address the needs and concerns of the hardworking families who live and work in District 3. As State Senator, he will fight for increased funding for community colleges and universities and for the environmental concerns affecting our precious timber and agricultural resources. He will work to ensure that East Texas receives its fair share of transportation dollars and to bring new jobs and economic development to the region.

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