Daniel Whitton (R-TX-36)
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Daniel Keith Whitton
Daniel Whitton Congressional Candidate Texas District 36
Biography of Daniel Whitton from Daniel Whitton for Congress Committee
Daniel Whitton is a South East Texas native. The son of the late Rev. Jerry Dale Whitton and his wife, Janet, Daniel was born at St. Mary’s hospital and spent his early years in Port Neches. At the age of eight, his family (including a younger brother, Stephen) moved to Jasper County to take on a ministry position at First Assembly in Buna. He graduated Salutatorian of his class from Buna High School in 2006 and has since been attending Lamar University. He is double majoring in history and theatre and is projected to graduate in May. His career plans are to become a high school history teacher and direct One Act Play.
At Lamar, he has earned several high honors. He has been a Mirabeau Scholar. He was initiated into Alpha Lambda Delta-Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. He is a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society and Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honors Fraternity, as well. He is also very involved on campus. For the Honors Student Association, he served as the representative to the Student Government Association for four years. Within Student Government he has held many different positions. He was the chair for Academic Affairs one year, a senator-at-large, twice a class senator, and currently serves as Vice-President. He is also an active member of the Young Republicans organization at Lamar
Under this year’s Student Government administration, 2,977 flags were purchased and placed in the quad area at Lamar in memory of the victims of 9/11. Homecoming events organized by the Student Government saw record attendance. Efforts are also underway to pass a referendum to build a new student center in a far-reaching effort to improve the face of the university and increase student enrollment. As Vice-President of Lamar’s SGA, Daniel is also a member of the Texas State University System’s student advisory board. This board meets quarterly to discuss pressing issues in the system and to pass on the opinions of their component schools to the Board of Regents. Together, they represent the needs of 74,000 students on matters from designated tuition increases to a ban on public smoking.
In addition to his involvement at Lamar, Daniel is still very active in his community. Having been in band throughout junior high and high school, many fall Friday nights find him at a Cougar football game, watching the halftime performance with a critical eye. He attends a local Bible study most Tuesday nights, and continues to attend First Assembly, following his parents’ example of ministry by playing his clarinet with the worship team and assisting in children’s ministry each Sunday and during the church’s annual Vacation Bible School. He has also been involved in the Buna Community Players over the years, appearing in two productions and directing a third. Aside from activities in his home town, Daniel has worked a Chrysalis weekend every year since 2004, and currently holds the vice-chair position of the steering committee for that event. Chrysalis is a spiritual retreat for high school age youth related to the Walk to Emmaus. Furthermore, he spent a month in Australia in 2007 doing conservation work with an organization called International Student Volunteers.
Daniel has long been intrigued by the political process, and prides himself on voting in each primary and general election since he was old enough to register. He campaigned for Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee during the 2008 primaries and attended the Republican National Convention in Minnesota that fall as part of a seminar with the Washington Center. He attended Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington D.C. in August of 2010. This February he attended the Conservative Political Action Conference in D.C. with the Young Republicans group from Lamar. He believes in being an informed, involved voter, and hopes to use this opportunity to make a difference in the country not only as a Congressman, but as an inspiration to young and small town voters to get involved.