Tan Parker was first elected the State Representative from House District 63 in 2006 after successfully emerging from a competitive five-way Republican primary and then winning that year’s general election with no opposition. After a successful first term in office, he was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2008 with 73% percent of the vote and then again faced no opposition in 2010.
Prior to being elected to the Texas House of Representatives, Parker was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to chair the Texas Industrial Development Corporation, where he focused on job creation strategies and broad based economic development. During his tenure in the Texas Legislature, Parker has worked tirelessly to balance state budgets without raising taxes, improve upon our state’s economy, bring new job opportunities to Texas, and increase workforce readiness to meet the ever changing demands of a global economy. Parker has enjoyed a wide array of legislative accomplishments and recognitions since first being elected to the Texas House of Representatives.
A lifelong conservative, Parker first gained an interest in public service as a very young man while watching President Ronald Reagan’s successful run for the White House in 1980. Ever since then, Parker has been committed to the principles of a free market approach to managing our economy, smaller government, lower taxes, responsible spending, and providing a strong defense for our nation’s security. In addition to his work establishing various Republican organizations as a young man, Parker served as a White House intern under President George H.W. Bush.
As a businessman, Parker has a decorated 16 year career that includes valuable experience in the technology, software, financial services and training industries. Previously, Parker has held executive positions with Fortune 500 companies as well as with pioneering new start up organizations. He is also the founder of Applied Business Strategies, a management consulting firm that helps to build and optimize the performance of corporations. Recently, Parker was inducted as a delegate to the British-American Project, a widely regarded organization focused on improving upon transatlantic relations -both in a diplomatic and economic sense. Parker also serves on several board of directors and advisory counciles, including the University of Dallas, Communities in Schools North Texas and the Childrens Advocacy Center for Denton County.
Parker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dallas, and a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics. He resides in Flower Mound, Texas with his wife Beth and their daughters, Lauren and Ashley. As a family, the Parkers enjoy camping trips, youth sports and staying active in their church.