by James BarraganTexas Tribune
“Dan Flynn, who spent 18 years at Texas House, has died at the age of 79It was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs — and interacts with — Texans about public policy, politics, government, and statewide issues.
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Former state delegate. Dan FlynnFriday morning, who represented Van Zandt County’s Texas House for 18 years, passed away, according to his family. He was 79 years old.
“President, actor, and brigadier general Dan Flynn passed away peacefully this morning,” Flynn’s family wrote in a post on his campaign Facebook page. “He was a wonderful father to Josh, Tammy and Macy and loved his wife Susan very much. He was also a wonderful friend to many as well as a Texan hero who passed many good bills to the people of Texans and many of them for protecting us on the frontier and keeping the Texas military strong.”
The publication did not mention the cause of death. Details of Flynn’s funeral were not disclosed.
Governor Greg Abbott said he and his wife Cecilia were saddened by Flynn’s death.
Representative Flynn was a man of exceptional character, who served his constituents faithfully and fought to uphold the basic liberties Texans valued. From advocating for the right of public schools to display the Ten Commandments in the classroom, to serving as Chairman of the Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Pensions Committee, Representative Flynn leaves behind an impressive legacy of leadership and dedicated service for Abbott said in a statement. “We will miss Representative Flynn dearly, and our prayers go out to his wife and family at this time of grief.”
“Dan Flynn has served our nation, this state, and the people of Texas House District 2 with honor and integrity,” House Speaker Dead Villain He said in a statement. “Kim and I offer our condolences to the Flynn family and will keep them in our prayers.”
During his time in the House of Representatives, Flynn served as chair of the Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee and the Pensions Committee. In 2017, as Chairman of the Pensions Committee, he helped broker a deal Save the Dallas Police Pension System and Fire from insolvency. Without the bill’s changes to state law, the pension could have collapsed within a decade.
Flynn was also the co-chair of the State Agency Operations Transparency Committee, which University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall criticized In 2014 for his lengthy investigations with officials at the University of Texas at Austin. Hall believes the university has unduly allowed lawmakers to influence the admissions process.
Flynn was a consultant in the banking and financial industry and served as the state’s deputy banking commissioner.
He also served most of his life in the military, including the US Army, the Texas Army National Guard, and the Texas State Guard. He joined the Texas State Guard in 2005 and deployed to active state duty responding to multiple natural disasters. In 2016, Gov. Greg Abbott Promoted to brigadier general.
In 2020, Flynn lost his re-election campaign to Representative. Brian Slatton From Royce in the initial runoff. Slaton was funded by Empower Texans, a hard-line conservative group that has focused for the past decade on overthrowing Republican positions it does not consider conservative enough.
Flynn was a close ally of the former House Speaker Joe Straussa business-minded Republican who served five terms as Speaker of the House of Representatives and was often a target of the right wing of his party.
Dan loved serving his community in the legislature and was especially proud to work on issues that affect his fellow veterans. In a statement, Strauss said he was friendly with anyone he met and was always an optimist – even in tense moments, he was calm and was kind to those around him, whether they approved of politics or not. “Most of all, Dan was someone who served with pride, from his exemplary service in the Army to his time as a citizen legislator. Julie and I will always be grateful for Dan’s friendship and thoughts with Susan and her entire family during this difficult time.”
Prior to his time in the House of Representatives, Flynn served as Van Zandt County Judge.
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