The Senate of the State of Texas


In Memory


Jeffrey Jay Dye


WHEREAS, Words can not adequately express our sorrow and condolences for the family and friends of Jeffrey Jay Dye, who passed away at the age of 27 on April 21, 1997, nor can words express the Senate’s deep appreciation for Jeff’s indomitable spirit and his outstanding contributions to our state and the democratic process; and

WHEREAS, Jeff was born in Austin, Texas, on July 2, 1969, the only child of Dennis and Janell Dye; he attended grade school and junior high school in Houston, Texas, graduated form Texas Military Institute in San Antonio in 1987, and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in government, and

WHEREAS, While attending the university, Jeff developed a keen interest in politics and public service and h worked for Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock in 1991 and 1992 in the Texas Senate as a Staff Assistant and went on to work tirelessly in volunteer efforts in President Clinton’s 1992 campaign in Texas, and

WHEREAS, With a solid political start in Texas, Jeff went on to serve in numerous political and governmental capacities around the country, including service as Research Director in the gubernatorial race of Mary Sue Terry of Virginia and Research Director and Legislative Correspondent for Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii; and

WHEREAS, As s staff member for the Democratic Legislative Campaign in 1996, Jeff was assigned to our great sister State of Tennessee, where he led a successful effort to regain Democratic control of the Tennessee State Senate; and

WHEREAS, Following that successful effort, Jeff was named Executive Director of the Tennessee Democratic Party earlier this year, he had already gained great respect working with the leadership of the Tennessee Senate and House and key elected leaders from across the state; and

WHEREAS, In addition to his remarkable achievements in his tragically brief career, Jeff will always be remembered by friends and co-workers in Texas, Washington, D.C., and Tennessee for his limitless energy, cooperative nature, and positive spirit, traits that earned him both friendship and respect for his sense of public purpose in the democratic process; not, therefore be it

PROCLAIMED, That the Senate of the State of Texas hereby express sincere appreciation for the sincerity and the accomplishments Jeffrey Jay Dye brought to the democratic process; and, be it further

PROCLAIMED, That heartfelt condolences be extended to his parents, Dennis and Janell Dye of Houston, and his many friends; and, be it further

PROCLAIMED, That a copy of this Proclamation be prepared for his family as an expression of the deepest sympathy of the Texas Senate

 Rodney Ellis

Member, Texas Senate

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