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Representative Warren Chisum

Texas Legislature, House of Representatives:

An Inventory of Representative Warren Chisum Records at the Texas State Archives, 1989-2012, undated, bulk 2007-20111989-2012, undated, bulk 2007-2011

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Representative Warren Chisum

Representative Warren Chisum

Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives.
Title: Representative Warren Chisum records
Dates: 1989-2012, undated
Dates (Bulk): bulk 2007-2011
Abstract: The Texas House of Representatives is one arm of the Legislature of the State of Texas (the other being the Texas Senate), which the Texas Constitution (Article III, Section I) vests with all legislative power of the state. Representative Warren Chisum’s records document his representation of House District 84 (1989-1993) and House District 88 (1993-2013) through his legislative activities and general office operations. Records include bill files (including drafts, amendments, and analyses), fiscal notes, talking points, speeches, correspondence, press releases, testimonies, news clippings, position papers, legislative summaries, research reports, memorandums, committee reports, publications such as newsletters and brochures, calendars, biographical sketches, nomination forms, digital images, and graphic images. Records date from 1989 to 2012, undated, bulk 2007-2011. Subjects include natural resources, environmental issues, energy, public education, government funding and appropriations, health care, marriage definitions and requirements, abortion regulation, tax reform, and disaster planning. Records are paper as well as electronic.
Quantity: 4 cubic ft. and 212 MB (4,069 files)
Language: These materials are written predominately in English with scattered Spanish throughout.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.
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Organization of the Records

The records are organized into five series:


Agency History

The Texas House of Representatives is one arm of the Legislature of the State of Texas (the other being the Texas Senate), which the Texas Constitution (Article III, Section 1) vests with all legislative power of the state. The primary legislative power is enacting laws, and the most visible function of the legislature is to make public policy through drafting, considering, and passing bills and resolutions. Biennially, the House of Representatives elects a speaker from its membership to serve as its presiding officer. The House of Representatives consists of 150 representatives elected in even-numbered years for two-year terms. A representative must be at least 21 years old, a qualified voter, and a resident of Texas for at least two years and of the district represented for at least one year immediately preceding election.

In addition to legislative powers, the legislature exercises other types of authority. Constituent powers include the ability to alter the state constitution, and the members’ authority to exercise powers of attorney in behalf of their constituents. Directory and supervisory powers allow the legislature to regulate the state’s administrative machinery, made up of boards, commissions, and departments that conduct the affairs of state. The legislature establishes and funds these bodies and defines their functions. Executive powers of each house include selection of legislative officers, employees, and chairs and members of committees. Investigative powers are exercised through the formation of standing, special, interim, and joint committees to study an issue. House committees are usually charged with a particular purpose by the speaker, although this may also be accomplished by a resolution adopted by the house. Each legislative house holds judicial powers over its members, including punishing or expelling members for cause.
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Biographical Sketch

Texas Representative Warren Chisum, a Democrat-turned-Republican from Pampa, served twelve terms in the House of Representatives from the 71st (1989) through the 82nd Texas Legislature (2011), representing House District 84 from 1989 to 1993 and House District 88 from 1993 to 2013. District boundaries changed multiple times during Chisum’s tenure, as did his party affiliation between the 74th (1995) and 75th (1997) legislative sessions. When Chisum left office, his district was comprised of Armstrong, Bailey, Briscoe, Castro, Childress, Collingsworth, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lamb, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Parmer, Roberts, Swisher, and Wheeler Counties.

Chisum was born in 1938 near Miami, Texas, and he has lived in Pampa for most of his life. Prior to his service in the House of Representatives, Chisum worked in the oil and gas industry. He took an interest in natural resources and issues affecting the Texas Panhandle. As a member of the Texas Conservative Coalition, he also focused on legislation defining marriage, maintaining family values, and promoting pro-life issues. In 2012, Chisum chose not to seek reelection in the House, and instead unsuccessfully ran for a Texas Railroad Commission seat. He then became a registered lobbyist focusing on oil and gas industry regulation.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); Legislative Reference Library of Texas website (http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/index.cfm), accessed June 28, 2018; and the records themselves.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas House of Representatives is one arm of the Legislature of the State of Texas (the other being the Texas Senate), which the Texas Constitution (Article III, Section I) vests with all legislative power of the state. Representative Warren Chisum’s records document his representation of Texas House District 84 (1989-1993) and House District 88 (1993-2013) through his legislative activities and general office operations. Records include bill files (including drafts, amendments, and analyses), fiscal notes, talking points, speeches, correspondence, press releases, testimonies, news clippings, position papers, legislative summaries, research reports, memorandums, committee reports, publications such as newsletters and brochures, calendars, biographical sketches, nomination forms, and photographs. Records date from 1989 to 2012, undated, bulk 2007-2011. Subjects include natural resources, environmental issues, energy, public education, government funding and appropriations, health care, marriage definitions and requirements, abortion regulation, tax reform, and disaster planning. Records are paper as well as electronic.

Major house committee service represented in the records include Appropriations (2005-2007 and 2011 as a member and 2007 as the chair), County Affairs (1989-2003 as a member), Energy Resources (2007 as a member), Environment Regulation (1993-2003 as a member and 1993-2001 as the chair), and House Administration (1993-2001 as a member). Chisum was also involved in the Republican Caucus, Rural Caucus, Texas Conservative Coalition, and Texas Environmental Education Partnership.

Some folders may have only contained one folder. In these instances, the folder titles listed in this inventory combine these folder names. Duplicate files likely exist between and within series.

Bill files, 1998, 2001-2011, bulk 2009-2011, highlight legislation Chisum authored, sponsored, or was interested in from the 77th (2001) through the 82nd (2011) legislative sessions. Records include bill files (including drafts, amendments, and analyses), resolutions, fiscal notes, correspondence, testimonies, news clippings, memorandums, and publications such as newsletters and brochures. Subjects include the use and regulation of natural resources and alternative fuels; environmental issues such as air quality, emission standards, recycling of certain materials, and waste management systems; public education issues such as finance and parental involvement in minors’ sex education; government funding and appropriations; health-related issues such as the employment of health professionals in rural Texas and emergency service communication systems; marriage definitions and requirements; abortion regulation; rural concerns; and immigration reform in regards to agriculture industries.

Subject files, 2001-2011, bulk 2009-2011, document topics of interest to Chisum or his staff. This background information may have been used to prepare legislation, as research for work on committees or councils, or for constituent casework. Records include correspondence, news clippings, position papers, memorandums, publications (including brochures), and requests for Attorney General opinions. Topics include water resources, the 2006 grass fires in the Texas Panhandle, abortion, childcare, agriculture, religion’s role in society, federal-state relations, waste management, and rural health care.

Chisum’s Committee and council membership files, 1996-2011, reflect the representative’s service on multiple house committees and caucuses. Records include correspondence, speeches, agenda, transcripts, reports, background information, and committee lists. Prominent committees and caucuses include the House Appropriations Committee, House Committee on Environmental Regulation, and rural and Republican caucuses. All files are electronic.

The Correspondence series, 1989-1991, 1993, 2003, 2005, 2007-2012, shows communications between the legislator and his constituents as well as with other state officials. Records primarily consist of correspondence and letters of support, but also include attachments such as resolutions, event invitations, and newsletters. Subjects include environmental regulation, energy, natural resources, religion’s role in society, abortion, transportation, government funding and appropriation, public education, health care, and offender issues.

Office files, 1989-1993, 1995, 1997, 1999-2011, and undated relate to the general operation of his legislative office and reflect the representative’s achievements during specific legislative sessions and outreach activities. Records include correspondence, talking points, speeches, press releases, news clippings, testimonies, legislative summaries, reports, calendars, biographical sketches, digital images, and graphic images, and nomination forms. Major topics include the promotion and protection of the agricultural industry, environmental issues, the oil and gas industries, energy, tax reform issues such as a proposed state income tax and appropriation of funds, government reorganization and consolidation, disaster planning, abortion regulation, and religion’s role in society.

Formats of the original electronic files include word processing or plain text files, spreadsheets, photographs and graphic images, correspondence, presentations, and web pages. Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents or spreadsheets, and .jpg for photographic or graphic images. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.

Electronic records described in the finding aid that are part of the Texas Digital Archive are indicated as such in the inventory. Restrictions on access to the content of records are applicable to paper and electronic records.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


Restrictions and Requirements

Restrictions on Access
Paper materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Physical materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: common-law privacy (social security recipients) (Texas Government Code, Section 552.101); home addresses, phone numbers, and personal family information of government employees and officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117); driver’s license numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.130); certain email addresses (Texas Government Code, Section 552.137); social security numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.147); and date of births (Texas Government Code, Section 552.101 and opinion of 3rd Court of Appeals, 03-13-00546-CV: Ken Paxton, Attorney General of the State of Texas v. City of Dallas, May 22, 2015), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552).

The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P.O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (director.librarian@tsl.texas.gov), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.texas.gov/agency/customer/pia.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

In accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 306 and 323, Warren Chisum allowed public access to the communications between himself and citizens/representatives of the state of Texas and with the Texas Legislative Council as of October 23, 2012.

Records series described in this finding aid have access restrictions specific to them, which are included in the series-level description.

Types of restricted information as listed above apply to paper and electronic records. Some electronic records will not be available through our portal due to such restrictions. Please see Archives staff for further information.

Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements
None.


The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

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Texas Representative Sylvester Turner records, 1974, 1981-2015, undated, bulk 2005-2015, 10 cubic ft. and 2.12 GB (4,041 files) [RESTRICTED]
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality records, 1976-2009, 95.77 cubic ft.
Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Appropriations Committee, 1983-1992, 22 cubic ft. [RESTRICTED] [There is no finding aid for these unprocessed records. Call numbers are 2012/0247-1 thru 22.]
Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Committee on Environmental Regulation, 1979-1997, 24 cubic ft. [RESTRICTED]
Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Authority records, 1979-1999, undated, about 100 cubic ft. (includes 20 map tubes) [RESTRICTED] [There is no finding aid for these unprocessed records. Call numbers are 1999/194-1 thru 15 and 2002/047-1 thru 154.]

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the series), Representative Warren Chisum records, Texas House of Representatives. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information
Accession number: 2013/136
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Representative Warren Chisum’s office on May 30, 2013.

Processing Information
Analog records processed by Anna M. Reznik, October 2014

Electronic records processed and general revisions by Anna M. Reznik, June 2018

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