Conservative family man and community leader.
Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) represents the 30th Senatorial District located in the North Texas area, serving all of Archer, Clay, Cooke, Erath, Grayson, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Wichita, Wise, and Young counties, and portions of Denton and Collin counties. He was first elected to the Texas Senate in a 2001 Special Election, winning reelection in 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2012. The Texas Senate selected Senator Estes to serve as president pro tempore during the 83rd Interim.
Senator Estes currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Natural Resources Committee and as a member of the Senate Committees on State Affairs, Health and Human Services, and Nominations.
During the 83rd Interim, Senator Estes was appointed to serve as a member of Legislative Council, the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas Advisory Committee, and the Legislative Budget Board, which is responsible for preparing funding recommendations for appropriations for all state agencies. He was also appointed to the Joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking.
A life-long conservative, Senator Estes is committed to promoting the conservative principles he shares with his constituents in his role as a lawmaker. Since his election to the Texas Senate, he has worked to cut spending, reduce unnecessary government regulation, promote economic freedom, protect innocent human life, and expand the constitutional right to bear arms.
Senator Estes has been commended by a variety of groups and organizations for his conservative leadership, promotion of a small-government agenda, and pro-business voting record. Most recently, the Texas Association of Business recognized Senator Estes as a “Champion of Free Enterprise.” He is also the only member of the Texas Legislature to have been twice named the Texas State Rifle Association’s Doc Brown Legislator of the Year.
Senator Estes was born and raised in Wichita Falls and represents the fifth generation of his family to call North Texas home. He is a man of faith, an avid outdoorsman, and an active member of the Wichita Falls community. He and his wife Jennifer have been married for more than 38 years and have three adult children and five grandchildren.