H.R. No. 2093

WHEREAS, The Honorable Samuel L. Neal, Jr., has ably served the citizens of Corpus Christi as mayor since his election in April 1997, and this esteemed public servant will complete his fourth and final term in April 2005; and WHEREAS, A native Texan, Mayor Neal was born in Henderson and is a graduate of Paris High School; he continued his education at Texas A&M University in College Station, where he was a proud member of the Corps of Cadets and earned a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1959; today, he also holds a master's in business administration from the former Texas A&I University in Kingsville; and WHEREAS, After graduating from college, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the army; in 1989, he retired from the Army Reserve as a colonel after more than 30 years in the military; highly regarded for his business and leadership skills, Mayor Neal has enjoyed a successful career in the insurance industry and currently serves as chairman of Hilb, Rogal and Hobbs Insurance Company; and WHEREAS, Mayor Neal has worked diligently in behalf of his fellow citizens in Corpus Christi; his efforts have led to the creation of a "Crime Control and Prevention District" and the development of a multipurpose arena; he has also supported the construction and maintenance of Packery Channel and the Bayfront Master Plan, as well as continued improvements to the city's infrastructure; and WHEREAS, Mayor Neal has represented the citizens of Corpus Christi as a member of the Texas Municipal League since 1998, serving as president of that organization during the 77th Legislature; he has received numerous prestigious gubernatorial appointments both before and during his tenure as mayor, and he continues to serve as the chairman of the South Texas Military Facilities Task Force; and WHEREAS, Corpus Christi and its citizens have greatly benefited from the visionary leadership and guidance of Mayor Loyd Neal, and his myriad contributions to the City by the Sea will continue to benefit the area for years to come; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 79th Texas Legislature hereby honor Mayor Samuel L. Neal, Jr., for his commendable service as mayor of the City of Corpus Christi and extend to him best wishes for continued success and happiness in all his endeavors; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for Mayor Neal as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives. Luna ______________________________ Speaker of the House I certify that H.R. No. 2093 was adopted by the House on May 25, 2005, by a non-record vote. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House