About Gary

State Representative Gary VanDeaver was elected in 2014 to represent Texas House District 1. District 1 includes all of Bowie, Franklin, Lamar, and Red River Counties. Gary is a member of the Public Education Committee and the Appropriations Committee, which is charged with the important responsibility of writing the state budget. Prior to his election to the Texas House, Gary was a 33-year rural educator, serving most recently as Superintendent of New Boston Independent School District, in Bowie County.


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Texas Association of Dairymen - April 2018 Dairy Dispatch

Participation on FFA and an admiration for his high school ag teacher led State Rep. Gary VanDeaver to a long career in public education. Frustration with education policy, and a desire to serve, spurred him to serve in the Texas House of Representatives, where he continues to have an impact whil...

‪Thank you Texas Association of Dairymen for featuring me in your April newsletter. Having grown up on a small family cattle operation, I have great respect for the Texas dairy industry. ‪‬


The purpose of the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program is to encourage students to become members of the Texas Army National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard, the Texas State Guard, the United States Coast Guard, or the United States Merchant Marine, or to become commissioned officers in any...

I am pleased to be able to inform you about the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP) that allows me, as a state representative, to nominate one student from my House District to receive a scholarship. This program is designed to encourage students to become members of our armed forces and help pay a portion of their college expenses. The TASSP is overseen by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. This program is for enrolling college students who will be participating in the Reserved Officer Training Corp (ROTC) at their colleges or universities. A student must meet specific eligibility criteria in order to receive an initial scholarship award. In addition to the eligibility criteria, a student must enter into an agreement requiring a four-year commitment as a member of the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard, Texas State Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Merchant Marine or a commissioned officer in any branch of the armed services of the United States. The award amount for the 2018-2019 academic year will be $4,000. Students may receive up to four years of scholarship awards if they continue to meet the eligibility criteria for continued awards. Please follow the link below for further information and criteria eligibility: If you feel a student meets all criteria please provide the name and resume of any eligible student to my office no later than June 1, 2018 at That will give me time to receive the names and process the necessary information, as well as possibly meet with the students. Please feel free to contact my office at 512-463-0692 if you have any questions or need more information.

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