Released by the Office of Leo Berman:
State Representative Leo Berman (R-Tyler) announced today he will seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives, District 6 seat. The end of his current term will mark forty-two years of public service.
At the federal level, Mr. Berman was a combat Army veteran for twenty-two years having served two years in Vietnam. During his period of service, he was awarded three Bronze Star Medals, nine Air Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous other decorations. He retired from active duty as a lieutenant colonel and currently serves as a full colonel in the Texas State Guard.
At the city level, Mr. Berman served six years as a city council member and mayor pro tem of Arlington, Texas from 1979 through 1985.
In 1999, Mr. Berman was elected to the Texas House of Representatives from District Six based in Smith County. During the 80th Session, Mr. Berman was chairman of the House Elections Committee and vice chairman of the House Administration Committee in the 79th Session.
Mr. Berman was credited with bringing the Ph.D. in Nursing program to UT Tyler, the first doctoral program at the university. He also worked with the Drug Enforcement Agency to pass legislation to move all products containing pseudoephedrine from pharmacy shelves to a controlled area to reduce the number of methamphetamine houses throughout the state. For this legislation, he received an award from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas. Berman also helped pass legislation to allow homeowners over 65 with frozen taxes to participate in the 1/3 property tax reduction of the 80th Session and refrozen at the lower level. At the request of Pearl Harbor survivors, Berman, in coordination with the Texas Department of Transportation, developed a new license plate for these survivors. Berman was a joint author of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage in Texas as the "union of one man and one woman."