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Homer LaKirby Leonard

Homer LaKirby Leonard
Full Name: Homer LaKirby Leonard
Birth date: January 14, 1899
Death date: February 14, 1979

Terms of Service

  • House, 49th Legislature
    1/9/1945 - 1/14/1947
    Democrat
  • House, 48th Legislature
    1/12/1943 - 1/9/1945
    Democrat
  • House, 47th Legislature
    1/14/1941 - 1/12/1943
    Democrat
    Speaker
  • House, 46th Legislature
    1/10/1939 - 1/14/1941
    Democrat
  • House, 45th (6) Legislature
    1/12/1937 - 1/10/1939
    Unaffiliated
  • House, 44th (4) (7) Legislature
    1/8/1935 - 1/12/1937
    Unaffiliated
  • House, 43rd (1) (8) (9) (11) Legislature
    1/10/1933 - 1/8/1935
    Unaffiliated
  • House, 42nd (2) (3) (5) (10) (12) Legislature
    1/13/1931 - 1/10/1933
    Unaffiliated
(1) "Rep. H.L. Leonard, good government nominee of McAllen, has as his opponent John Ewing, of Donna, as the democratic nominee." "85 New Members Nominated for Lower House; Nine New Senators," 9/9/1932, p. 3. Big Spring Herald .
(2) HIDALGO COUNTY. Describes boss rule in South Texas and the efforts of the Good Government League to oust the Democratic machine headed by John Closner. Handbook of Texas Online .
(3) "[Leonard] conducted a write-in campaign at the last general electon after the supreme court ruled his party had no standing in nominating candidates for district offices," 10/4/1933, p. 8. Lubbock Morning Avalanche .
(4) File on Legislature - Members, Political Affiliation - "Political composition of the Legislature for selected years other than Democrat." Shows Leonard was Independent in 44th and 45th Legislatures, but this cannot be confirmed in LRL sources. Memo File .
(5) Elected to House in 1930 as candidate of Good Government League. Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016 2016.
(6) Independent. Republicans and Other Non-Democrats in the Texas Legislature .
(7) Independent. Republicans and Other Non-Democrats in the Texas Legislature .
(8) Independent. Republicans and Other Non-Democrats in the Texas Legislature .
(9) "Amendments Rejected by Texas: Full Democratic Ticket is Elected in Lone Star State," 11/7/1934, pp. 1-A, 9-A. "The state's only non-Democratic member of the legislature, Bodo Holekamp of Boerne, was defeated . . . Holekamp was an independent." San Antonio Light .
(10) Memorial, May 1979, p. 457. In 1930 Mr. Leonard won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Hidalgo County as a write-in candidate of the Good Government Party. Texas Bar Journal .
(11) Independent/Good Government League - Local Independent. Texas Legislative Manual .
(12) Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries

Photographs

Other Resources

  • Mentioned in "Speaker's Office Now a Prize Plum," 9/15/1980. Dallas Morning News .
  • 56th Speaker of the House of Representatives: Homer L. Leonard. Photo and biographical sketch. Death date 2/13/1979. Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016 2016.
  • Memorial, May 1979, p. 457. Death date 2/14/1979. Texas Bar Journal .
  • Leonard, Homer LaKirby. Death date 2/14/1979. Texas State Cemetery .
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