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Lou Nelle Sutton Lou Nelle Sutton
Full Name: Lou Nelle Sutton
Other surnames: Callahan,
Date of birth: December 20, 1909
Date of death: July 1, 1994

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 120 Jan 13, 1987 - Jan 10, 1989 70th   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar
H 120 Jan 8, 1985 - Jan 13, 1987 69th   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar
H 120 Jan 11, 1983 - Jan 8, 1985 68th   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar
H 57-E Jan 13, 1981 - Jan 11, 1983 67th   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar
H 57-E Jan 9, 1979 - Jan 13, 1981 66th   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar
H 57-E Jan 11, 1977 - Jan 9, 1979 65th   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar
H 57-E Aug 13, 1976 - Jan 11, 1977 64th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat San Antonio / Bexar   Bexar
(1) Lou Nelle Sutton, in special election 8/7/1976, succeeded her husband, G.J. Sutton, died 6/22/1976. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) Sworn 8/13/1976. Oaths of Office.
(3) Lou Nelle Sutton oath of office date 8/13/1976. Texas House of Representatives, Chief Clerk's Office - Seniority Order.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Selected Newspaper articles
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 68th Legislature, R.S., HR 568. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 70th Legislature, R.S., HR 633. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 85th Legislature, R.S., HR 452, celebrating Black History Month and honoring the leadership and vision of African American lawmakers. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 74th Legislature, R.S., HCR 200. Lou Nelle Sutton. Relatives: G. J. Sutton - husband, Lou Nelle Sutton - wife. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • 74th Legislature, R.S., HR 1059. Memorializing 35 members who died in the past two years. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 204-205. First African American woman to enter the Texas Legislature as a successor to her husband. Black Women in Texas History, 2008.
  • Photo and biographical sketch, pp. 187-189. Born 12/20/1905. Second woman to represent Bexar County in the Texas House. Capitol Women: Texas Female Legislators, 1923-1999, 2000.
  • "Bexar's First Black Woman Legislator, Lou Nelle Sutton, Ending Her Career," 5/28/1987. San Antonio Express-News.
  • Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislators
  • Named one of the 'New Furniture'. Best and Worst Legislators 1977.
  • Named one of the 'Antique Furniture'. Best and Worst Legislators 1985.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Lou Nelle Sutton, 65th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Lou Nelle Sutton, 66th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Lou Nelle Sutton, 67th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Lou Nelle Sutton, 68th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Lou Nelle Sutton, 69th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Lou Nelle Sutton, 70th Legislature, Members of the 70th Legislature Texas House of Representatives (CD-RW)
  • Photograph. Lou Nelle Sutton, 70th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 64th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GW.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 65th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GW.L1). State Preservation Board.
  • 66th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GW.L1). State Preservation Board.
  • 67th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GW.L1). State Preservation Board.
  • 68th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GW.L1). State Preservation Board.
  • 69th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor corridor, east wall. GW.L1). State Preservation Board.
  • 70th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor corridor, east wall. GW.L1). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    70th R.S. - 1987
    Appropriations  
    House Administration  
    Retirement and Aging  
    Retirement and Aging Subcommittee on Budget and Oversight (Chair) 
    69th R.S. - 1985
    Appropriations  
    Child Abuse and Pornography, Select, Interim  
    Retirement and Aging (Chair - Budget & Oversight) 
    Retirement and Aging Subcommittee on Budget and Oversight (Chair) 
    68th R.S. - 1983
    Appropriations  
    Child Abuse and Pornography, House Joint  
    Nursing Home Reform, House Joint, Interim  
    Retirement and Aging (Chair - Budget & Oversight) 
    Retirement and Aging Subcommittee on Budget and Oversight (Chair) 
    67th R.S. - 1981
    Appropriations  
    Liquor Regulation (Vice Chair) 
    Poet Laureate Selection  
    66th R.S. - 1979
    Appropriations  
    Human Services  
    65th R.S. - 1977
    Appropriations  
    Funding Public Institutions of Higher Education, House Joint  
    State Involvement In and Administration of Student Loan Programs For Texas, Special, Interim  
     

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