8/6/2010 10:52 AM
Texas Democrats have nominated John Cullar for the Texas Senate in District 22. The seat was formerly held by Kip Averitt (R-Waco) and is currently held by the recently-sworn-in Sen. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury). The nomination was made by Democratic county chairmen in the district. Cullar is former chairman of the McLennan County Democratic Party.
The Waco Tribune-Herald reported today that Cullar opposes Republican efforts to fight voter fraud by requiring voters to present photo id prior to voting.
Below is a bio of Cullar distributed by the Texas Democratic Party:
John Cullar is a partner in the Waco law firm of Cullar & McLeod, L.L.P. He has been a member of the firm since 1984. His practice focuses on litigation involving employment, probate and estate matters, civil rights, property disputes, and other governmental issues.
Cullar’s wife, Meg Powell Cullar, is the News Editor for the Baylor Line magazine. The Cullars have two sons, Joseph, 23, and Carter, 19. They have been members of Seventh & James Baptist Church in Waco since 1985, where Cullar has served as a Sunday School teacher and member of a number of committees.
Cullar was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and grew up in Vernon, Texas. During summers and after school, he worked in his step-father’s machine shop. He graduated from Vernon High School in 1978. Cullar graduated from Baylor University in 1982 with a BA in Political Science. He is the permanent class president of the Baylor Class of 1982. He received his juris doctor degree from Baylor University School of Law in 1984.
Cullar served as chair of the McLennan County Democratic Party from1995 to 2010. He served on the State Democratic Executive Committee from 1988 to 1996, serving terms as chair of the finance and rules committees of the SDEC. During the 1980's he served as a precinct chair and precinct election judge in McLennan County.
He was President and Chairman of the Board for Lake Air Little League from 1998 to 2009. He was a Webelos Den Leader in Pack 308 for four years, and served as a Boy Scout leader in Troop 308 from 1998 to 2007. He was on the Board of the Samaritan Counseling Center of Central Texas from 1992 to 1996, serving as president in 1996. He was named an Outstanding Young Alumnus by Baylor University in 2000.He became a member of the Board of the Waco Symphony Association in 2010.
Barrister, The Abner V. McCall Inn of the American Inns of Court
American Board of Trial Advocates (President, Waco Chapter, 2006)
Contributing Editor, Governmental Entities Section,
General Practice Digest, State Bar of Texas, 1997 to present
Licensed to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Western, Northern, and Eastern District Courts of Texas, the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., and all courts of the State of Texas
Member, College of the State Bar of Texas