Temple Dickson

Temple Dickson

Full Name: Robert Temple Dickson III
Date of birth: October 29, 1934
Date of death: November 29, 2006

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 24 Jan 10, 1989 - Jan 12, 1993 71st   72nd   Democrat Sweetwater / Nolan   Bell, Brown, Burnet, Coleman, Concho, Coryell, Lampasas, Llano, McCulloch, Mills, Nolan, Runnels, San Saba, Taylor
H 63 Jan 14, 1969 - Jan 12, 1971 61st   Democrat Sweetwater / Nolan   Howard, Mitchell, Nolan
H 72 Jan 10, 1967 - Jan 14, 1969 60th   Democrat Sweetwater / Nolan   Howard, Mitchell, Nolan
H 80 Jan 12, 1965 - Jan 10, 1967 59th (1)   Democrat Sweetwater / Nolan   Dickens, Fisher, King, Mitchell, Nolan, Stonewall

(1) Sworn 11/23/1964. Oaths of Office.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

Other Resources

  • Relatives: R. Temple Dickson - father, R. Temple Dickson III - son. "Temple Dickson: Country Lawyer Raises Rural Voice in the Legislature," 3/12/1989. Abilene Reporter-News.
  • "As a representative Temple wrote and sponsored the Texas Tort Claims Act, which for the first time held the government responsible for its negligent acts . . . landmark 1969 legislation." "Temple also filed what may have been the first civil rights bill in Texas." Obituary and photo, 12/1/2006. Austin American-Statesman.
  • Obituary and photo, "Lawmaker Put Reform on Agenda for Texas," 12/1/2006. Austin American-Statesman.
  • "Sinking of the Andrea Doria," 7/25/1990. Mrs. Temple Dickson provides an account of her rescue from the shipwrecked Andrea Doria. Sweetwater Reporter.
  • Texas Legislature, Senate: An Inventory of Records of Senator Temple Dickson at the Texas State Archives, 1984-1991 (bulk 1989-1991). (website includes biography) Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislators

  • Named one of 'The Worst'. Best and Worst Legislators 1991.


Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

72nd R.S. - 1991
Administration, Special  
Committee of the Whole on Redistricting, Special  
Committee of the Whole on Redistricting, Special, Subcommittee on Legislative Districts  
Economic Development (Chair) 
Economic Development, Interim (Chair) 
Jurisprudence, Interim  
Nominations, Special  
State Affairs  
State Affairs Subcommittee on Elections and Ethics  
71st R.S. - 1989
Committee of the Whole Senate  
Criminal Justice  
Economic Development  
Judicial Selection  
Legislative Redistricting, Select  
Mentally Retarded Persons Act of 1977, Task Force on  
Nursing Home Rate Reimbursement, Interim  
State Guaranty Funds, Select  
Texas State Artist  
Texas State Technical Institute (Chair) 
61st R.S. - 1969
Common Carriers (Chair) 
Parks and Wildlife  
State Affairs  
60th R.S. - 1967
Common Carriers (Vice Chair) 
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Doctrine of Sovereign Immunity (Governmental Immunity, Tort Claims Act) (Chair) 
Livestock and Stock Raising  
Public Lands and Buildings  
59th R.S. - 1965
Common Carriers  
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Game and Fisheries  
Inland Salt Water Pollution  
Livestock and Stock Raising  

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