Dan Gattis

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Dan Gattis
Texas House of Representatives
In office
January 2003 – January 2011
ConstituencyDistrict 20 (Milam County) and most of (Williamson County)
Personal details
BornDecember 1, 1967
Austin, Texas
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Shana Nugent Gattis
Children3 young children
OccupationAttorney & Rancher

Dan Gattis (born 1967) was a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, formerly representing the 20th District from 2002 to 2010. His district was made up of Milam and part of Williamson County [1] Gattis planned to run for State Senate in 2010 when State Senator Steve Ogden announced his retirement, but later withdrew from the race to spend more time with his family. Senator Ogden subsequently reconsidered his retirement and announced for re-election.

Personal life and Occupation[edit]

Dan Gattis is a 6th generation Texan, born in Austin, Texas, to a long time Williamson County farming and ranching family. His mother is a retired public school teacher, and his Father, Dan A. Gattis, Sr. is a former high school agricultural teacher, former General Manager of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and current County Judge of Williamson County. Dan lives in Jonah, Texas (outside of Georgetown, Texas) with his wife Shana, and three young children.

Beyond his political career, Dan is a founder of the Gattis Law Firm, PC, and also manages his and his family's farming and ranching operations. Previously, he worked as a prosecutor for the Williamson County Attorney’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office.[2]


Dan Gattis attended Friendswood High School, in Friendswood, Texas. He went on to graduate from Texas A&M University in 1990. Here, he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and also served as class president. Dan then obtained his law degree at South Texas College of Law in 1993.[3]

Election results[edit]


Texas general election, 2008: House District 20[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan M. Gattis (Incumbent) 57,029 64.70
Democratic James Dillon 26,907 30.52
Libertarian Craig C. Weems 4,199 4.76


Texas general election, 2006: House District 20[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Gattis (Incumbent) 31,158 63.37
Democratic Jim Stauber 18,006 36.62


Texas general election, 2004: House District 20[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Gattis (Incumbent) 48,920 68.78
Democratic Jim Strauber 22,202 31.21


Texas general election, 2002: House District 20[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan M. Gattis 34,736 100

Legislative Involvement[edit]

Representative Gattis served on several committees, including the House Appropriations Committee and the Budget Conference Committee,[2] where he was the main health and welfare budget writer.[7]

Furthermore, Gattis was Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, the Chair for budget and oversight to the House Natural Resources Committee, and a member of the Joint Committee on State Water Funding and Select Environmental Flows Advisory Group. When not in session, Gattis served on the House Select Committee on Property Tax Relief and Appraisal Reform, which held hearings throughout Texas to hear from taxpayers and officials on how to reform the property tax system.[2]

Legislative Work[edit]

Representative Dan Gattis was a part of the passage of many bills.

81st Session[edit]


In January, 2009 Gattis filed HB 747, which will make it easier for officers to attain breath or blood samples from assumed drunk drivers, given that they have been arrested for two or more DWI offenses. Gattis said this will enable officers to hold the most serious DWI offenders accountable for their actions.[8]

In April, 2009 Gattis filed HB 4815, which was intended to require some non-HOA residents of an Austin area suburb to join a nearby mandatory HOA, as their Municipal Utility District (MUD) was to be annexed by the city of Cedar Park. Some residents felt that their property rights were being infringed upon, but the MUD's lobby was effective.[9]

80th Session[edit]


In the 80th Session, Gattis passed HB 1557 and SB 1832, which eliminates marked up charges on healthcare expenses. Gattis also led the passage of HB 8, known as Jessica’s Law, which toughens punishment for child sex offenders. Additionally, Gattis passed HB 1355, which deals with punishment of irresponsible owners in the case of serious dog attacks. Beyond this, the Representative kept the identity of an abused student private with SB 606.[10]

79th Session[edit]


In the 79th session, Gattis authored HB 836 in the 79th Session, which allows patients to state whether they want generic or name brand drugs, before receiving their prescription. It also gives patients the right to pay the listed price if it is lower than the co-pay price. Beyond this, Gattis passed HB 904, which allows prison sentences for those possessing child pornography to be increased by judges. Gattis has passed several pieces of legislation that give judges more authority on denying bail on criminal defends, among other issues. Additionally Gattis authored HB 1208. This bill limits municipal utility districts in applying eminent domain.[10]

78th Session[edit]


Gattis authored HB 136, which enables counties and cities to freeze property tax rates for those who are disabled or are over the age of 65. Also dealing with property tax issues, Gattis passed SB 392 and HB 2346 which deals with specific knowledge residents must be aware of and their rights to challenge appraisals. Gattis also co-authored HB 263 that reinforces child advocacy centers, and helped the passage of SB 319 and HB 246, known as the “Laci Peterson” law.[10]


  1. ^ "Texas House of Representatives Member House Membership". Texas Legislative Council. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
  2. ^ a b c "Texas House of Representatives Member House Biography". Texas Legislative Council. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
  3. ^ "Texas House of Representatives Biography". Texas Legislative Council. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
  4. ^ "2008 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  5. ^ "2006 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
  6. ^ a b "2004 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
  7. ^ "GOP Leaders". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
  8. ^ "Gattis files bill to allow blood draw for repeat DWI offenders". The Cameron Herald. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
  9. ^ "Texas Legislature Online - 81(R) History for HB 4815". Texas Legislature Online. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
  10. ^ a b c "Dan's Legislative Accomplishments". Texans for Dan Gattis. Retrieved 2009-02-05.