Gary VanDeaver, Ed.D., was sworn into office in 2015 as State Representative for Texas House District 1, which includes Bowie, Franklin, Lamar, and Red River Counties. He is a member of the following House Committees: Administration, Public Education and Appropriations, 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.
Raised on a small family cattle operation near Clarksville, Texas, in Red River County, Gary learned the importance of a strong work ethic, a love for the land, and faith in God from an early age. He began his career as a high school vocational agriculture teacher.
Inspired by a deep-seated belief in serving others and investing in our rising generation, Gary eventually completed a Doctorate of Educational Administration and became a leading voice for providing the best possible education for Northeast Texas schoolchildren.
Rural Texas values continue to drive Gary in his daily service to our families and communities today as State Representative. Gary is dedicated to protecting our traditional values, job growth and economic prosperity, and improving our schools to give every Texas son and daughter the opportunity to succeed.
A fiscal conservative, Gary knows how to do more with less and stretch a dollar to get a job done more efficiently. As a superintendent, Gary balanced and oversaw a multimillion-dollar budget and daily operations for his school district. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Gary relies on this same conservative approach to fight for a balanced budget and low taxes for Texans.
Gary is a member of the NRA and a strong proponent of gun rights. He served on the Board of Directors of the Texas FFA and the Red River County Farm Bureau, and is also a former board member of the Bogata Rodeo Association and Red River County Fair Association. He was president of the New Boston Lions Club and director and past president of the New Boston Chamber of Commerce.
Gary and his wife, Pam, have been married for 34 years. Their two grown daughters carry on the family tradition of public service as a schoolteacher and criminal prosecutor. The VanDeavers are members of the First Baptist Church of New Boston, where Gary serves as a deacon and teaches adult Sunday School.