Christopher David Paddie, known as Chris Paddie (born February 18, 1974), is an American politician from Marshall, Texas, who is the current Texas state representative for District 9 in East Texas. A Republican, he serves on the Energy Resources and Land & Resource Management committees.
|Texas State Representative for District 9|
(Cass, Harrison, Marion, Panola, and Shelby counties)
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Wayne Christian|
|Born||February 18, 1974|
Center, Shelby County, Texas USA
|Spouse(s)||Brooke Hanszen Paddie|
|Residence||Marshall, Harrison County, Texas|
|Alma mater||Texas A&M University|
Paddie is a former mayor and city commissioner of Marshall, the county seat of Harrison County. He is the current general manager of KMHT radio, for which he hosts a daily talk show. He is the former chairman of the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce and president of the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Pines. Paddie unseated the more conservative state Representative Wayne Christian, now one of the three members of the Texas Railroad Commission, in the Republican primary election held in 2012.
Representative Paddie voted for Senate Bill B5, which would ban abortions after twenty weeks and require doctors to be registered at hospitals within thirty miles of their office.
After graduation, Paddie moved to Houston, where he sold safety equipment and industrial products. While in Houston, Chris married Brooke Hanszen, his high school sweetheart. The Paddies returned home to East Texas and settled in Marshall, where Chris became the general manager of the KMHT radio station.
Paddie was elected to the Marshall City Commission in 2008. He was selected by his colleagues to be mayor.
Paddie was first elected to the Texas House, District 9, in November 2012 and was re-elected to subsequent terms in 2014 and 2016.
- "State Rep. Chris Paddie". Texas Tribune. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
- "Election Returns". Texas Secretary of State. November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
- "Record Vote Taken". Texas Legislature Online. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
- "About Representative Paddie". chrispaddie.com. Retrieved 2016-11-02.