Born: August 6, 1934, in Port Arthur, TX.
Carl Parker is a true Texas success story.
Through hard work and a solid vision, he has earned an unsurpassed reputation as an attorney and a public servant in the Lone Star State.
A senior partner in the Parker Law Firm -- and as a former state senator from Jefferson County who has for the past several years continued his interest in good policymaking as a Texas lobbyist -- Sen. Parker built his career by putting his expertise and experience to work serving the public interest.
Parker was born August 6, 1934, and graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1958. He has practiced law for more than 50 years. He is the managing attorney of The Parker Law Firm, which is headquartered in his hometown of Port Arthur and also has an office in Austin near the Texas Capitol.
He served as a Democratic member in the Texas House of Representatives from 1962 to 1977 and in the State Senate from 1977 to 1995. His tenure of service included time as Speaker Pro Tempore of the House and President Pro Tempore of the State Senate.
Parker in 1994 was one of nine luminaries — he was the seventh — who sat through good-natured “roasts” to raise money to support the museum. His event — among those who attended was Gov. Ann Richards — generated more than $100,000.
Born the son of H.A. and Juanita Christian Parker — his father was a Port Arthur mayor — he was a Thomas Jefferson graduate who earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Texas. He served the country in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserves, rose to be speaker pro tem and Senate president pro tem during 32 years in the Legislature, and practiced law on local, state, national and international levels. But success is not merely a matter of being but of doing. He was lead sponsor or so sponsor for more than 400 bills that became Texas law.
They included bills that created state jail standards, established Lamar Port Arthur and Lamar-Orange, elevated Lamar University in Beaumont to their current university status, guaranteed equal legal rights for women in Texas, reformed worker compensation, mandated the use of infant car seats and created the Port of Port Arthur.