Paul Sadler

Paul Lindsey Sadler (born April 29, 1955) is an American attorney from Henderson, Texas, now residing in San Antonio, Texas who served from 1991 to 2003 in the Texas House of Representatives. He was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate in 2012. In the November 6 general election, he lost against the Republican Ted Cruz, a former state Solicitor General.

Paul Sadler
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Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 8th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2003
Preceded bySam Russell
Succeeded byByron Cook
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 9th district
In office
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byJim McWilliams
Succeeded byJerry Johnson
Personal details
Paul Lindsey Sadler

(1955-04-29) April 29, 1955 (age 65)[1]
Freer, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Crystal Straube (2015–present)
EducationBaylor University (BA, JD)

Early life, education, and law careerEdit

Sadler was born in Freer east of Laredo in South Texas, to Harold Sidney and Bessie Mae "Pete" Sadler. His father worked for Sun Oil Company and moved his family throughout Texas, California and Louisiana.

In 1977, Sadler graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In 1979, he graduated from Baylor Law School. He is an active member of the Texas Bar. He has been admitted to practice in many federal courts, such as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.[2]

Texas House of Representatives (1991-2003)Edit


He was first elected in 1990 to represent Texas' 9th House District. After redistricting, he ran in the newly redrawn Texas' 8th House District and won re-election in 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2000.[3] He was unopposed in all but two years: 1996 (when he won with 61 percent)[4] and 1998 (62 percent).[5]


In 1995, he co-sponsored (with Republican state senator Bill Ratliff) the Ratliff–Sadler Act.[6] This act gave some of the Texas Education Agency's former powers to locally-controlled agencies.[7]

He was named to the Ten Best List of Texas state legislators by Texas Monthly in 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001. He was named one of three "Outstanding Legislators" in 1995 and one of "Six Stellar" legislators in 1997 by the Dallas Morning News. He also earned the John B. Connally "Award for Excellence in Education" by the Just For The Kids Foundation.

Committee assignmentsEdit

  • Public Education Committee (Chairman)[8]
  • Judiciary Committee
  • Pensions and Investments Committee
  • Health and Human Services Committee
  • State Revenue and Public School Finance Select Committee (Chairman)
  • Public School Employee Health Insurance Select Committee (Chairman)[9]

2004 special electionEdit

Incumbent State Senator Bill Ratliff of Texas' 1st Senate District decided to resign his seat in the middle of 2003. Ratliff's resignation created a special election in January 2004, in which Sadler finished first with 39 percent of the vote.[10] In the runoff election, the Republican Kevin Eltife, a former Mayor of Tyler, defeated Sadler, 52-48 percent.[11]

Return to private sectorEdit

Sadler returned to practicing law in 2003 and specializes in asbestos litigation, product liability, major personal injury litigation and Prompt Pay representing Hospitals and doctors against insurance companies. He has litigated for a multi-billion dollar company in all fifty states.

In 2008, he became the executive director for the Wind Coalition, a regional trade group of wind power producers that advocates for increased wind resources in Texas.[12]

Sadler has also served on the Governor's Advisory Energy Panel for Oklahoma.[13]

2012 U.S. Senate electionEdit

Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison decided to retire effective January 2013. After Democrat Ricardo Sanchez dropped out of contention, Sadler announced his candidacy for the seat, which was held from 1971 to 1993 by the Democrat Lloyd M. Bentsen.[14]

On July 31, 2012, Sadler won a runoff election for his party's Senate nomination 63% to 37%. He defeated Grady Yarbrough, a retired educator from San Antonio.[15]

Sadler was defeated by Republican candidate Ted Cruz, who received 4,456,599 ballots or 56.6% of the votes cast.[16] Sadler received 3,183,314 ballots or 40.5% of the votes cast.

Personal lifeEdit

Sadler lives in San Antonio, Texas. He has five children and three step-children.[17]


  • Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association Special Recognition "for outstanding efforts to further the wind industry of the State of Texas" (2011)
  • Businessweek's Premier Lawyers of America (2008)
  • Texas Super Lawyer (2006, 2005, 2004, 2003)
  • Texas Federation of Teachers Child Advocate Award (2003)
  • Texas Democratic House Caucus Service Award for Meritorious Service (2003)
  • Texas Women's Political Caucus Good Guy (2002)
  • "Ten Best List" by Texas Monthly (2001, 1999, 1997, 1995)
  • Texas School Public Relations Association Key Communicator (2001)
  • East Texas Chapter of Texas Association of School Honorary Membership (2000)
  • Sabine Independent School District Appreciation for Leadership (1999)
  • Region IV Education Service Center Leadership & Commitment (1997)
  • Texas Association of Rural Schools Excellence in Leadership Award (1998)
  • Texas Association of Community Schools Honorary Life Member (1998)
  • One of six "Stellar Legislators" by the Dallas Morning News (1997)
  • Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award (1996)
  • Texas Association of School Psychologists Appreciation Award (1995)
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Loyalty Day Award (1995)
  • John B. Connally Excellence in Public Education Award by Just for the Kids (1995)
  • Texas Classroom Teachers Association Friend of Education Award (1994)
  • Common Cause Star of Texas Public Service Award (1993)
  • One of three "Outstanding Legislators" by the Dallas Morning News (1995)[18]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2012-08-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Paul Sadler to the rescue — and the Dems have a Senate candidate again | Texas on the Potomac | a blog". 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  3. ^ "Candidate - Paul Sadler". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  4. ^ "TX State House 008 Race - Nov 05, 1996". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  5. ^ "TX State House 008 Race - Nov 03, 1998". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  6. ^ Batheja, Aman (September 16, 2012). "Sadler Working to Remind Voters of Former Influence". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  7. ^ "Recent Changes in Public Schools". Texas Almanac. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  8. ^ Ramsey, Ross. "Paul Sadler, a Democrat, Files for U.S. Senate — 2012 Elections". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  9. ^ "Meet Paul | Paul Sadler for U.S. Senate". Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  10. ^ "TX State Senate 01 - Special Primary Race - Jan 20, 2004". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  11. ^ "TX State Senate 01 - Special Runoff Race - Feb 17, 2004". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  12. ^ "Former Representative Paul Sadler to Head". The Wind Coalition. 2009-03-19. Archived from the original on 2012-07-08. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  13. ^ "Paul Sadler to the rescue — and the Dems have a Senate candidate again | Texas on the Potomac | a blog". 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  14. ^ Scharrer, Gary (2011-12-19). "Former rep files for Senate, filling Dem void left by Sanchez - Houston Chronicle". Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  15. ^ Eckholm, Erik (July 31, 2012). "Tea Party Favorite Wins Texas Runoff". The New York Times.
  16. ^ "Texas Election Results 2012: Cruz wins Senate seat". The Washington Post. November 7, 2012.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-01. Retrieved 2012-10-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ [1], Paul Salder's Bio.

External linksEdit

Party political offices
Preceded by
Barbara Ann Radnofsky
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Texas
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
Beto O'Rourke