|Linda H. Parrish
631 Sad Willow Pass
Driftwood, TX , TX 78619
Health & Human Resources
Election & Credentials
Legislative Action - Vice Chair
|Capital Area 2015-2017
Brazos Valley 2006-2015
Serving 5th term
Linda H. Parrish became a member of TSHL, representing Bryan/College Station and the Brazos Valley as soon as she turned 60, making her, at one time the youngest member of the session. She has continued representing the Brazos Valley for 4 terms, but having recently moved to the Austin area she currently represents the Capital Area. She has served as Secretary. Education; Vice Chair, State Affairs; Director of Training; Chair, Election and Credentials and Vice Chair, Legislative Action. She has received the Speakers Commendation Award, Outstanding Leadership and Service Award.
Linda has been involved in public policy for many years as an election judge, a delegate to numerous state conventions, and an elected official. Linda served as President of the College Station Independent School Board. She has served on many boards that serve children, families and the arts. She has been President of the Brazos Valley Community Action Agency and Texas A&M's Opera and Performance Society, as well as been a member of Safe Harbor, Project Unity, The Prenatal Clinic fund raising board and the Friends of the Brazos Valley Symphony.
Governor Ann Richards appointed Linda as the Chair of the Texas Council on Developmental Disabilities and Chair of the Facilities Review Task force for State Schools and State Hospitals.
Since retiring from Texas A&M University in College Station as a Regent's Professor of Educational Psychology, Linda and her husband, Paul, also a Regent's Professor of English Literature, have traveled extensively. Some of their travels include: Kenya, China, Australia, New Zealand, Cuba, Brazil, Uruguay, Austria, Switzerland, Scotland, England, Argentina, The Czech Republic, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Canada, and throughout the U.S.
Linda received her B.S. (1966) in Speech and Hearing Therapy from Abilene Christian College; M.S. (1972) in Special Education from Indiana University at South Bend and Ph.D. (1978) in Disability Studies/Interdisciplinary Education from Texas A&M University in College Station. She has taught at Texas A&M since 1978 until retirement, once in 2006, again in 2011. She also worked as a public school teacher in between degrees.
Linda has been married to Paul A. Parrish for 48 years and has two sons, and two grandchildren