H.C.R. No. 130
         WHEREAS, The Honorable Ken Mercer is retiring from USAA on
  February 28, 2019, drawing to a close an outstanding career in the
  insurance and financial services industry that has spanned nearly
  three and a half decades; and
         WHEREAS, Mr. Mercer earned a bachelor's degree in biology
  from The University of Texas at Austin, a bachelor's degree in
  business administration from UT San Antonio, and a master's degree
  in business administration from St. Mary's University; he joined
  USAA in November 1984, and over the course of his 34-year career in
  information technology, he has played a leading role in
  implementing the first information engineering workstations,
  processes, and procedures, and he has served as lead internal
  consultant for the company's first use of rapid application
  development (RAD) technologies; and
         WHEREAS, Later in his career, Mr. Mercer led projects to
  develop financial systems, telecommunications accounting, disaster
  recovery, and enterprise software and hardware asset management,
  and he helped implement new acquisition processes to select
  company-wide software suites and hardware; he is retiring as a
  project manager for critical enterprise-wide migrations of several
  important software systems; and
         WHEREAS, From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Mercer represented District
  117 in the Texas House of Representatives, and he served on the
  Higher Education, House Administration, and Transportation
  committees; during his tenure, he worked to ensure that children of
  military families serving overseas could pay in-state tuition, and
  he played an instrumental role in legislation that created the San
  Antonio campus of Texas A&M University and brought Toyota to San
  Antonio; he also helped create the city's Memorial Highway in honor
  of the U.S. Army's 2nd Indian Head Division, and he became only the
  second civilian to be made a "Lifetime Member" of the division; and
         WHEREAS, Currently, Mr. Mercer is serving his fourth term as
  a member of the State Board of Education, where he represents 13
  counties and 1.6 million Texans; as chair of the board's Charter
  School Committee, he helped establish the first dual-language
  Hebrew-English immersion program in Texas and the first trilingual
  Spanish-English-Mandarin program; he has also worked to ensure that
  history and government curriculum includes the contributions of our
  men and women in uniform; and
         WHEREAS, In all his endeavors, Mr. Mercer enjoys the love and
  support of his wife, Rosalia, his daughters, Rebekah Mercer and
  Sarah Fisher, and his son-in-law, Ryan Fisher; and
         WHEREAS, Ken Mercer's dedication, professionalism, and
  commitment to excellence have earned him the respect and admiration
  of his professional peers, and he may indeed reflect with pride on
  his outstanding record of achievement; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 86th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby congratulate the Honorable Ken Mercer on his retirement from
  USAA and extend to him sincere best wishes for the future; and, be
  it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Mr. Mercer as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives and Senate.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.C.R. No. 130 was adopted by the House on
  March 21, 2019, by a non-record vote.
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.C.R. No. 130 was adopted by the Senate on
  March 25, 2019, by a viva-voce vote.
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________