H.R. No. 1520

WHEREAS, David Leeson was awarded in April 2004 the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for coverage of the invasion of Iraq; and WHEREAS, Mr. Leeson spent nearly two months imbedded with the U.S. Army's Third Infantry Division taking photos as U.S. forces advanced on Baghdad, and the photos appeared on the pages of major daily newspapers around the world; and WHEREAS, In addition to receiving the Pulitzer Prize, Mr. Leeson has received numerous other awards, including two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award, an Emmy Award, and the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award from Abilene Christian University; and WHEREAS, Mr. Leeson graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1978 with a degree in journalism and mass communication; he has worked for the Abilene Reporter-News and the Times-Picayune/The States Item in New Orleans, and continues to be a senior photographer for the Dallas Morning News since joining the staff in 1984; and WHEREAS, He has taken photos of armed conflicts in Angola, Kuwait, and Nicaragua; civil wars in Panama, Peru, and Sudan; apartheid in South Africa; homelessness in Dallas, Texas; the Gulf War; earthquakes in Turkey; and death row in American prisons; and WHEREAS, Mr. Leeson is supported by his lovely wife, Kim Ritzenthaler, who is also a photographer for the Dallas Morning News; his mother and father of Abilene, Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Leeson; and his sister of Abilene, Debra, and her friend, Stanley Wilson; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 79th Texas Legislature hereby commend David Leeson for receiving the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the invasion of Iraq and for the widespread respect he has earned for photojournalism; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for Mr. Leeson as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives. Hunter Goolsby Noriega Griggs McReynolds Craddick Geren Menendez Allen of Harris Giddings Merritt Allen of Dallas Gonzales Miller Alonzo Gonzalez Toureilles Moreno of Harris Anchia Goodman Moreno of El Paso Anderson Goolsby Morrison Bailey Griggs Mowery Baxter Grusendorf Naishtat Berman Guillen Nixon Blake Haggerty Noriega Bohac Hamilton Oliveira Bonnen Hamric Olivo Branch Hardcastle Orr Brown of Kaufman Harper-Brown Otto Brown of Brazos Hartnett Paxton Burnam Hegar Pena Callegari Herrero Phillips Campbell Hilderbran Pickett Casteel Hill Pitts Castro Hochberg Puente Chavez Hodge Quintanilla Chisum Homer Raymond Coleman Hope Reyna Cook of Navarro Hopson Riddle Cook of Colorado Howard Ritter Corte Hughes Rodriguez Crabb Hunter Rose Crownover Hupp Seaman Davis of Harris Isett Smith of Tarrant Davis of Dallas Jackson Smith of Harris Dawson Jones of Lubbock Smithee Delisi Jones of Dallas Solis Denny Keel Solomons Deshotel Keffer of Dallas Strama Driver Keffer of Eastland Straus Dukes King of Parker Swinford Dunnam King of Zavala Talton Dutton Kolkhorst Taylor Edwards Krusee Thompson Eiland Kuempel Truitt Eissler Laney Turner Elkins Laubenberg Uresti Escobar Leibowitz Van Arsdale Farabee Luna Veasey Farrar Madden Villarreal Flores Martinez Vo Flynn Martinez Fischer West Frost McCall Wong Gallego McClendon Woolley Gattis McReynolds Zedler ______________________________ Speaker of the House I certify that H.R. No. 1520 was adopted by the House on May 16, 2005, by a non-record vote. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House