82R13522 JEN-D
  By: Miller of Comal H.R. No. 844
         WHEREAS, Respected musician and advocate Ray Benson has been
  named Texan of the Year by the Texas Legislative Conference in
  recognition of the admirable achievements he has realized through
  the years; and
         WHEREAS, With his selection for the award, Mr. Benson is
  joining a distinguished list of individuals who have been honored
  by the Texas Legislative Conference; former winners include Barbara
  Jordan, Laura Bush, and Governor Rick Perry, and the announcement
  of the Texan of the Year is a highlight of the organization's annual
  meeting, which brings together business and political leaders from
  around the state; and
         WHEREAS, Ray Benson is well known to music fans in the Lone
  Star State and the world over for his leadership of Asleep at the
  Wheel, which was founded in 1970 and settled in Austin three years
  later; specializing in a spirited brand of western swing music, the
  band has released more than 25 albums, won nine Grammy Awards, and
  entertained concert audiences throughout the United States and
  beyond during its long career; Mr. Benson has also earned acclaim
  for cowriting and starring in the play A Ride with Bob, which pays
  tribute to Texas music legend Bob Wills; and
         WHEREAS, An effective organizer in addition to being a
  talented artist, Mr. Benson has dedicated himself to assisting
  others, both inside and outside the music industry; he is a founding
  member of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, which raises money to
  help aging R&B artists, as well as the Health Alliance for Austin
  Musicians and the SIMS Foundation; moreover, he is a member of the
  board of the St. David's Community Health Foundation and is a
  trustee for the Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Recording
  Arts & Sciences; and
         WHEREAS, This widely admired individual was chosen as the
  Texas State Musician for 2004 and is a 2011 recipient of the Texas
  Medal of Arts; he was nominated for Texan of the Year by the
  Honorable Edmund Kuempel on the night before Representative Kuempel
  passed away in 2010, and that beloved legislator indeed made a wise
  choice; over the course of more than 40 years, Ray Benson has
  distinguished himself through his artistry as well as through his
  work to strengthen his community and to benefit those in need, and
  he is truly deserving of this prestigious commendation; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate Ray Benson on his selection as
  Texan of the Year by the Texas Legislative Conference and extend to
  him sincere best wishes for continued success; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Mr. Benson as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives.