Criss Cole

Criss Cole

Full Name: Criss Cole
Date of birth: May 11, 1918
Date of death: June 21, 1985

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 6 Jan 10, 1967 - Jan 12, 1971 61st (1)   60th (2)   61st (1)   Democrat Houston / Harris Senate President Pro Tempore (61st)   Harris
S 6 Jan 8, 1963 - Jan 10, 1967 58th (3)   59th   Democrat Houston / Harris   Harris
H 22-7 Jan 10, 1961 - Jan 8, 1963 57th   Democrat Houston / Harris   Harris
H 22-7 Jan 13, 1959 - Jan 10, 1961 56th   Democrat Houston / Harris   Harris
H 22-7 Jan 8, 1957 - Jan 13, 1959 55th   Democrat Houston / Harris   Harris
H 22-7 Jan 11, 1955 - Jan 8, 1957 54th   Democrat Houston / Harris   Harris

(1) 61st Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, Ad Interim 2nd C.S., elected 9/9/1969. Senate Journal.
(2) 60th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/11/1967, p. 19. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal.
(3) 58th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/9/1963, p. 16. Drew 4-year term. Senate Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

  • United States Marine Corps, Corporal, World War II. Military grave marker, Criss Cole, birth date 5/11/1918, death date 6/21/1985, burial in Houston National Cemetery. Find a Grave.
  • United States Marine Corps, Corporal, World War II. "He worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps near Golden, Colorado, before joining the United States Marines in 1940. He served in Iceland, New Zealand, and Guadalcanal. As a corporal, he was blinded in 1943 during a beach attack at Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands by a Japanese grenade, an injury for which he was later awarded a Purple Heart." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • United States Marine Corps, World War II. 59th Legislature, R.S., SR 713, relating to session honoring Senator Criss Cole as outstanding disabled veteran for the State of Texas for 1965, "in tribute to his (Cole's) exceptional ability, his tenacity in overcoming the great handicap of blindness, which resulted from his heroic service as a member of the U.S. Marines, when he was wounded by a Japanese hand grenade during a mission on Tarawa . . . This veteran of service in Iceland, New Zealand, Guadalcanal and Tarawa, during World War II, is beloved by his fellow members of the Texas Legislature . . . ," Senate Journal, p. 1491; presentation and address by Roy Porter of Disabled American Veterans describes Cole's military service and mentions Purple Heart, Senate Journal, pp. 1565-1567. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary
  • United States Marine Corps. Photo and salute. With Honor and Gratitude: A Special Thank You to Our Texas Senate Members Who Served Our Country, 2017.

Other Resources

  • Article, "King Miller would be second legally blind lawmaker in 30 years if elected," 10/28/2004. Midland Reporter-Telegram.

Photographs

  • Photograph. Criss Cole, 61st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Criss Cole, 60th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Criss Cole, 59th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Criss Cole, 58th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Criss Cole, 57th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Criss Cole, 56th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Criss Cole, 56th Legislature, Texas Yearbook, 56th Legislature
  • Photograph. Criss Cole, 55th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Criss Cole, 54th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

61st R.S. - 1969
Claims  
Constitutional Amendments  
Drug Study  
Education  
Insurance  
Land Use and Environmental Control (Chair) 
Oil and Gas  
Public Health  
Public Utility Commission  
Rules (Vice Chair) 
Rules of the Senate (Vice Chair) 
State Affairs  
Transportation  
Water and Conservation  
Water Resources Study  
Youth Affairs (Chair) 
60th R.S. - 1967
Education (Chair) 
Faculty Compensation  
Highway Safety  
Insurance  
Jurisprudence  
Land Use and Environmental Control (Chair) 
Oil and Gas  
Public Health  
State Affairs  
Transportation  
Water and Conservation  
59th R.S. - 1965
Banking (Vice Chair) 
Counties, Cities and Towns  
Education  
Finance  
Insurance (Vice Chair) 
Legislative, Congressional and Judicial Districts  
Multiple Use and Pollution of All Waters of Texas (Cont. of Bays of Texas, 58th)  
Nominations  
Nursing Profession (Chair) 
Oil and Gas  
State Affairs  
Transportation  
Water and Conservation  
58th R.S. - 1963
Banking  
Bays of Texas  
Counties, Cities and Towns  
Education (Vice Chair) 
Finance  
Insurance  
Legislative, Congressional, and Judicial Districts  
Nominations  
Oil and Gas  
State Affairs  
Transportation  
Water and Conservation  
57th R.S. - 1961
Banks and Banking  
Contingent Expenses (Vice Chair) 
Criminal Jurisprudence  
School Districts (Chair) 
State Affairs  
56th R.S. - 1959
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Education  
Engrossed Bills (Vice Chair) 
Examination of Comptroller's and Treasurer's Accounts  
Military and Veteran's Affairs  
Radiation  
55th R.S. - 1957
Aeronautics (Vice Chair) 
Counties  
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Penitentiaries  
State Hospitals and Special Schools  
54th R.S. - 1955
Constitutional Amendments  
Criminal Jurisprudence  
Penitentiaries  
State Hospitals and Special Schools  

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