U.S. Senate candidate John Sharp in El Paso; hosted by Chavez, Holguin, Montelongo
Press release from the NPT inbox:
Old Fashion Meet and Greet for John Sharp for U.S. Senate
State Representative Norma Chavez
City Council Eddie Holguin
YISD Trustee Liza Montelongo
When: Saturday July 18th
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: Mercado Mayapan – 2101 Myrtle Avenue
Info: (512) 637-5256 or email@example.com
Paid for by Texans for John Sharp
John Sharp embodies the best traditions of public service, setting the standard for vision and leadership during a career that began three decades ago and continues to this day in his restless search for innovative solutions to the challenges facing Texas in the modern world.
Elected and re-elected to public office six times by Texas voters, Sharp earned the greatest percentage of statewide votes of any Democratic candidate in more than a decade, gained an international reputation as State Comptroller for making government work better and cost less, and was nominated “Texan of the Year” in 2006 by the Dallas Morning News for his work on a bi-partisan plan to rescue public schools from possible bankruptcy that fall.
The son of a public school teacher and an oil field worker from the South Texas town of Placedo, near Victoria, Sharp was born in 1950 and graduated from Bloomington High. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas A&M, where he was elected student body president, and received a master’s in public administration from Texas State University in San Marcos while working full time on the Legislative Budget Board at the State Capitol. He was also commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia.
Sharp was elected to the Texas House in 1978, where he was named “Outstanding Freshman” by Texas Monthly, and re-elected in 1980 and was the leading vote-getter in Victoria County. In 1982, he was elected in a special election to the Texas Senate and served on the powerful Senate Finance Committee.
Running in his first statewide campaign, Sharp in 1986 won his party’s nomination for the Texas Railroad Commission, the state’s energy agency, earning 80 percent of the runoff vote in the primary and 55 percent of the vote in the general. He went on to serve as chairman of the Commission, reforming the state’s trucking regulations, improving railroad safety, and developing new markets for Texas’ abundant clean-burning natural gas supplies.
In 1990, Sharp was elected State Comptroller in the midst of the worst budget shortfall in Texas history. He launched the influential Texas Performance Review, a top-to-bottom audit of state agencies designed to save taxpayer dollars while safeguarding vital public services. By the time he left office in 1999, Sharp had saved taxpayers more than $8.5 billion and was credited with helping avoid a state income tax. Along the way, he created a wide range of ground-breaking innovations, from the Lone Star card to reduce fraud and waste in the federal food stamp program to the Texas Tomorrow Fund, a prepaid college tuition plan for middle-class families and to Window on State Government, the first state website in the country and a model for opening up government to those who depend on its programs — and to the taxpayers who foot the bills.
Vice President Al Gore tapped Sharp in 1993 to help set up the National Performance Review, based on the Texas program. He was re-elected State Comptroller in 1994 and left office at the end of his term in 1999, having helped create a $6.2 billion budget surplus, the largest in Texas history.
Sharp created the Travis Fund and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for special scholarships for the children of Texas-based soldiers killed while fighting terrorism in Afghanistan or Iraq. In 2006, he co-chaired a bi-partisan panel of financial and policy experts to find a way to keep public school classroom doors open for the fall semester. “Without John Sharp, there would have been no resolution of Texas’ decade-old school finance problem,” the Dallas Morning News editorialized. “That’s not hyperbole, either. Austin had shown it couldn’t crack this nut. And the Supreme Court was bearing down with a June deadline by which legislators would have to find an answer or the courts would shut down public schools. In stepped Mr. Sharp…. fixing Texas’ broken system of funding schools.” (“John Sharp: He Cleared the Path For School Finance Reform,” Dallas Morning News, 12/27/2006)
In 2007, Sharp co-founded and served as treasurer for Texans to Cure Cancer to campaign for the state’s largest anti-cancer initiative ever, which voters overwhelmingly approved on the statewide ballot that November.
Sharp and his wife Charlotte have two grown children and live in Austin, where they are active in their church and community activities