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 as Chairman of the Energy Resources Committee and is a member of the Licensing and Administrative Procedures (LAP) and Redistricting committees.
|Member of the Texas House of Representatives|
from the 9th district
|Assumed office |
January 8, 2013
|Preceded by||Wayne Christian|
|Born||February 18, 1974|
Center, Texas, USA
|Spouse(s)||Brooke Hanszen Paddie|
|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 incumbent state Representative Wayne Christian, now one of the three members of the Texas Railroad Commission, in the Republican primary election held in 2012.
Paddie voted for Senate Bill 5, which would ban abortions after twenty weeks and would require doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals within thirty miles of their office. Parts of the law were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.
After graduation, Paddie moved to Houston, where he sold safety equipment and industrial products. While in Houston, he married Brooke Hanszen, his high school sweetheart. The Paddies returned home to East Texas and settled in Marshall, where he 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. Archived from the original on November 10, 2018. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
- "Record Vote Taken". Texas Legislature Online. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
- "About Representative Paddie". chrispaddie.com. Retrieved 2016-11-02.