Currently in his sixth term, State Representative Tan Parker represents the North Texas area of House District 63 that encompasses the southwestern portion of Denton County. Parker is a successful Texas businessman who spent his childhood growing up in the North Texas region and attended college at the University of Dallas as well as the London School of Economics. A lifelong conservative, he started in public service as a White House intern under President George H.W. Bush and began serving in state government as Governor Perry's appointed Chairman of the Texas Industrial Development Corporation.
Parker was initially elected to office in 2006 after winning a 5-way primary. Since taking office, he has remained an effective champion for promoting fiscally responsible government spending, economic development, job creation, tax relief, appraisal reform, border security, and pro-life measures. He is also known for his advocacy for children on a wide range of policy issues including improvements to the foster care system, a framework to support homeless teens, the crack-down on human trafficking, and the protection and welfare of children.
Parker was unanimously elected by his House colleagues to serve as the Chairman of the House Republican Caucus, which represents all Republican House members, for the 84th Legislative Session (2015) and the 85th Legislative Session (2017). In this capacity, he leads the overwhelming Republican majority by providing research, education, policy development, floor management, and other critical support to the Caucus members and their staff.
For the 85th Legislative Session, Parker was re-appointed as the Chairman of the House Committee on Investments and Financial Services. The committee has oversight over matters pertaining to the state banking system, savings and loan associations, the regulation of securities and investments, cyber security, and a number of other financial issues to keep Texas’ financial industry strong. In addition to this chairmanship, Parker was also appointed to the House Committees on International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs and Redistricting.
Previously, Parker has served on House Committees with jurisdiction over: the state prison system, technological and economic development, Texas' fiscal policy, the delivery of social services, municipal operations, and other key issues facing Texas.
He is also known for his community involvement, accessibility, and working directly with his constituency. Since his first term, he hosts first Saturday morning office hours to provide more opportunities to listen to the ideas and concerns of those he represents.
Parker has also earned numerous awards and recognition for his service ranging from conservative groups and business associations to non-profit organizations. He is very proud of the many accomplishments that the Texas House Republican Caucus has achieved in bringing conservative and fiscally responsible policies to the forefront that is keeping Texas strong.
Parker and his wife, Beth, whom he married 23 years ago, live in Flower Mound along with their two daughters, Lauren and Ashley. Together, they attend St. Ann Catholic Church.