Journal of the House of Representatives of the Regular Session of the Sixtieth Legislature of the State of Texas, Volume 1 Page: 6
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CONCERNING PRIVILEGES OF
THE FLOOR PENDING THE
ELECTION OF SPEAKER
Mr. Field offered the following re-
H. S. R. No. 1
BE IT RESOLVED by the House
of Representatives of the State of
Texas, That pending the election of
the Speaker, all persons other than
Members of the Legislature, members
of their families, temporary officers,
and active press representatives, be
barred from the floor of the House
inside the rail.
The resolution was read and was
ELECTION OF THE SPEAKER
OF THE HOUSE OF
The Honorable Secretary of State
announced that the next order of
business was the election of the
Speaker of the House of Representa-
tives of the Sixtieth Legislature of
the State of Texas, and stated that
nominations for Speaker are now in
The Honorable Secretary of State
recognized the Honorable Gene Hen-
dryx of Brewster County, who placed
in nomination for Speaker of the
House of Representatives of the Six-
tieth Legislature of the State of Tex-
as the Honorable Ben Barnes of
Comanche County, speaking as fol-
Mr. Secretary of State, distinguish-
ed Members of the Texas House of
Representatives, my fellow Texans:
It is with a great sense of pride
and a deep feeling of humility, that
I come before you on this historic
occasion to place in nomination for
the office of Speaker of the Texas
House of Representatives, the Honor-
able Ben Barnes.
Today marks a milestone in the
long and glorious history of our be-
loved state. Two years ago, the 59th
Legislature elected by acclamation
this same man among men as Speak-
er, the youngest man ever elected by
a freely chosen, lawfully assembled,
Texas Legislature. Today, we ask
him to come forward and serve in the
same capacity for another term, the
fourth time this has occurred in the
history of Texas. This talented Texan
is the first man in history of this
state to be elected Speaker of this
House twice in a row by the unani-
mous choice of his colleagues.
He has been tested under fire, and
his leadership withstood the heat and
the crosscurrents of legislative bat-
tle. He proved to be a leader of great
firmness, yet a leader with a com-
His ability to find areas of agree-
ment and common ground is un-
precedented. He won the respect and
loyalty of every facet of this House;
conservative, liberal, rural, metropoli-
tan. We as Texans are fortunate to
have a leader who can and does
bridge the gap between the old and
the new. Ben Barnes worked long and
hard to master the legislative pro-
cesses, and has served this House not
only as a co-worker but also as a
defender, protector, and advocate of
the traditions and customs handed
down by countless generations who
passed this way before.
Soon after he entered the Legisla-
ture in 1961, it became apparent that
here was no ordinary man. In a rela-
tively short time, his fellow House
Members recognized his great abili-
ties as a natural leader.
His colleagues elected him Speak-
er in 1965, and he worked mightily
to unite this House into a harmoni-
ous, constructive, legislative body.
Those efforts bore fruit in both the
regular and the called session. No-
where in history of this State will you
find a more productive record than
that of the 59th Session.
In the judgment of many, this 60th
Session convening today in this his-
toric capitol faces a more varied as-
sortment of problems than did any
previous session. Under the leader-
ship of Ben Barnes, there is no ques-
tion in my mind that this 60th Ses-
sion will be even more constructive,
more productive, and more cognizant
of the needs of this State than any
session in history.
I need not dwell on his humble
background and his great Texas
heritage, of the sacrifices of both
he and his family, sacrifices far
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Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Journal of the House of Representatives of the Regular Session of the Sixtieth Legislature of the State of Texas, Volume 1, legislative document, 1967; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth193874/m1/10/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.