80R14440 JHS-D
  By: Hughes H.C.R. No. 234
         WHEREAS, The State of Texas lost a distinguished public
  servant with the passing of the Honorable William M. Steger, U.S.
  District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas, on June 4, 2006,
  at the age of 85; and
         WHEREAS, Born in Dallas on August 22, 1920, William Steger
  graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1938 and attended
  Baylor University from 1938 to 1941; he volunteered for the United
  States Army Air Corps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and was
  commissioned a second lieutenant and issued his pilot's wings in
  November 1942; and
         WHEREAS, The young officer's service in the military included
  56 combat missions in the Tunisian, Sicilian, and Italian
  campaigns, and his heroism earned him the Air Medal and four Oak
  Leaf Clusters as well as a promotion to the rank of captain; on his
  return to the United States, he headed up testing of the first
  military jet aircraft until he was honorably discharged in 1947;
         WHEREAS, In 1948, William Steger married Ann Hollandsworth
  and entered Southern Methodist University Law School; after
  receiving his degree in 1950, he started a private practice in
  Longview and became actively involved in the Republican Party; and
         WHEREAS, He served as a delegate to the 1952 Republican
  National Convention, and the following year he was appointed by
  President Eisenhower as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District
  of Texas; that appointment brought Judge Steger and his wife to
  Tyler, where he later joined the law firm of Wilson, Miller, Spivey,
  and Steger, practicing with that firm until 1970; and
         WHEREAS, In 1960, the Republican Party of Texas nominated
  Judge Steger as its candidate for governor and, while unsuccessful
  in his bid for the governorship, his ability to draw votes enabled
  the party to hold its first presidential primary in Texas in 1964;
  he was also chosen by his party to run for congress in 1962; and
         WHEREAS, Judge Steger's affiliation with the Republican
  Party continued for the rest of his life and included such
  significant posts as Republican presidential elector, member of the
  State Republican Executive Committee, subcommittee chair of the
  Texas Republican Task Force on Crime and Law Enforcement, delegate
  to the 1968 Republican National Convention, chair of the rules
  committee at the Texas Republican Party Convention, and,
  ultimately, chair of the Republican Party of Texas; and
         WHEREAS, After stepping down from the latter post following
  the 1970 elections, Judge Steger was appointed U.S. District Judge
  for the Eastern District of Texas by President Richard Nixon in
  December of that year, and he served his fellow citizens with great
  distinction in that capacity for the remainder of his life,
  presiding over more than 5,000 cases; and
         WHEREAS, Recognized as a man of high moral character and
  integrity, Judge Steger was a charter member of Green Acres Baptist
  Church and sang with the church choir for more than 40 years; his
  notable career in jurisprudence and politics earned him recognition
  in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the Southwest, and Who's Who in
  Law in America; a 32nd degree Mason as well, he enjoyed membership
  in the Shriners and was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman
  throughout his life; he was also a devoted father to his son,
  Merritt Reed Steger, who preceded him in death; and
         WHEREAS, Though it is impossible to gauge the full effect of a
  man's life, some individuals leave their unmistakable mark on the
  world as they move through it, and William Steger's contributions
  to his community, state, and nation will continue to resonate for
  many years to come; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 80th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby pay tribute to the life of the Honorable William M. Steger
  and extend deepest sympathy to the members of his family: to his
  wife, Ann Hollandsworth Steger; to his nieces and nephews, Barbara
  Schoolcraft, Sally Forte, Ann Nelson Grant, Scot McComas, Kelly
  Edens, and Andrew McComas; and to his other relatives and friends;
  and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives and Senate adjourn this day, they do so in memory of
  Judge William M. Steger.