Texas Silver-Haired Legislature Officers

Walter Graham - Speaker

West Central Texas
Serving 6th Term
Speaker, 2008-2013; 2016-2017
Deputy Speaker ProTem, 2013-2015
Speaker ProTem 2015-2016

Walter Graham has 34 years’ experience working in the aging network, serving as Senior Services Superintendent, City of Abilene and responsible for all Senior programs including 5 Senior Centers, transportation, I&R, and outreach. He was Consultant for the West Central Texas Area Agency on Aging and helped set up Senior programs in 19 counties. Upon retiring from the City of Abilene, he served as Community Relations Specialist, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Dietary Manager, Wisteria Place of Abilene.

Walter serves as President, TSHL Foundation; President, Texas Senor Advocacy Coalition; Past President, Texas Dietary Managers Association, Past President, Texas Assn. Nutrition and Aging Programs, Past President, Texas Assn. Aging Programs, Six times Master of Ceremonies, Senior Day at the Capitol; also, served as Trade Show Chair for the Texas Conference on Aging for 6 years and chaired the Conference 3 times; Appointed by Governor Ann Richards and Congressman Charlie Stenholm to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging.

He has achieved the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster on 4 occasions and received the Impact Award, National Private Duty Association, Texas Chapter. In February 2015, he received the 2015 Texas Silver Star Award from the TSHL Foundation.

Walter is married to Burnell. They have one daughter, Cecilia.
Mona Bailey - Speaker Pro Tem

Tarrant County
Serving 3rd term
Chair, State Affairs 2 terms
Speaker ProTem 2016-2017

Graduated from Baylor University in 1960. Retired from Electronic Data Systems. Served on the Tarrant County United Way Board of Directors as Co-Chair of the Health Council; served as the Chair of the Leadership Team at Richland Hills United Methodist Church and teacher of senior adult class. Served as the President of a local women’s club and member of North East Senior Community Forum, North East chapter of Delta Delta Delta and the Baylor Women's Network.

Mona Bailey is active in the political arena as Election Judge since 2002, currently serving as a Precinct Chair. During the 84th Texas Legislature, five bills were signed by the Governor, relating to Resolutions authored by Mona Bailey.
• SB 512 - The promulgation of certain forms for use in probate matters. R 24
• SB 760 - Included an amendment to establish an enhanced Medicaid managed care consumer support system. R 45
• SB 1881 - Authorizing supported decision-making agreements for certain adults with disabilities. R56
• SB 1882 - A bill of rights for wards under guardianship. R 1
• HB 39 - Relating to guardianships for incapacitated persons. R 66
She received the 2015 Executive Committee Performance Award

Mona and her husband Bill have 2 daughters and 2 granddaughters and have been married for 55 years.
C. Bruce Davis - Deputy Speaker Pro Tem

West Central Texas
Serving 5th Term in TSHL
Comptroller 2011-2013
Deputy Speaker Pro Tem, 2016-2017

C. Bruce Davis earned the PhD in Community and Human Resources, University of Nebraska at Lincoln; Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, University of Nebraska at Omaha; M.A. Religious Education (Emphasis on Gerontology) Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA; Bachelor of Religious Education, Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary, Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.

His working career spans 36 years of educational and ownership/management of private businesses: General Manager, Paxton Manor, Omaha, Nebraska; Adjunct Professor of Gerontology, Baylor University, Waco; Associate Professor of Gerontology and Associate Professor of Religious Education, Abilene Christian University; Director, Pruett Gerontology Center, ACU; Gerontologist-in-residence, ACU; Private business ownership: Franklin RV Center, Abilene; University Place, Abilene; Wisteria Place Retirement Center. He is current owner/director, Compton Geriatric Center, Abilene.

He has been involved in professional organizations at local, regional and national levels: Founding President, Texas Partners for Partners for Adult Protective Services, Former Vice-Chair: Adult Protective Service Partners, Abilene; Advisory Board Member; West Central Texas Area Agency on Aging; Coordinating Committee, Live Long & Love It Wellness Conference.

He has been Nebraska State Coordinator in 1981 of the White House Conference on Aging; President, University of Nebraska Gerontology Association; Advisory Board Member, RSVP; Past-President, Alzheimer’s Association of West Central Texas; Member, Aging Task Force, Mid-West Governor’s Conference.

Bruce has been keynote speaker for various conferences, authored chapter on “Spirituality and Aging,” Perspectives on Spiritual Well-Being and Aging, James A Thorson, editor, published Charles E. Thomas Publisher, Ltd.

He was chosen the Texas Statewide Volunteer of the Year 1990 for Adult Protective Services. He received the 2008 Impact Award, National Private Duty Association – Texas Chapter.

Bruce and his wife, Charlotte, have three daughters, two grandsons, four granddaughters, two great grandsons and one great granddaughter.
Judy B. Ward - Secretary

Rhonda Rogers - Comptroller

Rodolfo (Rudy) Cantu - Comptroller

Coastal Bend
Serving 3nd term
Chair, Finance Committee 2011-2013
Comptroller 2013-2015, 2015-2017
Documents Review Committee, 2015-2017

Rudy holds a B.A Degree in Business Administration Management, Park University in Kansas City, Missouri; an AA Degree in Business Administration Management, University of Maryland, European Division and graduate work in Business Administration at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Rudy served in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1977. Upon retirement from the Air Force, Rudy worked for the City of Corpus Christi as Office and Operations Manager for the Federal Employment Opportunities Pilot Program; Program Analysis for the Corpus Christi Army Depot and Executive Director for SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc. He was Supervisory Management Analyst for the Department of the Air Force, Offutt AFB, Nebraska and Director, Placement and Graduate Services Massey Business School in Corpus Christi, Texas, He served as Executive Director, Parents Association for Drug Rehabilitation and Educational Services and Community Services Director and Housing Director, Nueces County Community Action Agency. He sought and garnered a NeighborWorks America Charter to revitalize communities and received support for both urban and rural development.

Rudy retired from the Nueces County Community Action Agency in 2009 and remains involved in Community Affairs nationally, state and local urban and rural settings.

Rudy is married to Viola. They have one daughter and two granddaughters.