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Representative Craig Eiland

Biographical Information

Craig Eiland was born in 1962, graduated from Stanton High School in 1981. He then attended Baylor University, lettered in football and graduated with his B.B.A. in Business Administration in 1984. Craig continued his education at Baylor School of Law where he received his J.D. in 1987.

After receiving his law degree, Eiland traveled to Australia where he worked for a cattle ranch in the Australian Outback. In February of 1988 Eiland moved back to Texas where he settled in Galveston. He opened his own law practice in 1992 with offices in Galveston and Houston.

Elected in 1994 to serve in the 74th legislature, Eiland began his public service representing the citizens of Galveston County and now includes Chambers county. For eight years he has served on the Insurance and Appropriations committees, including four years as Vice Chair of the Insurance Committee.

Currently, Eiland is the Chairman of the House Pensions and Investments Committee and serves on the Insurance Committee. He is viewed by his colleagues as an expert on insurance matters and the state budget in general and the Medicaid and CHIP program budgets specifically. Eiland has had a major hand in crafting 8 straight years of balanced budgets while appropriating a total of $416,470,722,944.00.

Eiland is immediate past President of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) where he has also served as Chairman of the Property and Casualty Committee and is currently the Chairman of the State/Federal Relations Committee.

Craig Eiland has been recognized by local and statewide entities for his legislative efforts. He has been recognized three times by Texas Monthly magazine, including one of the "Ten Best Legislators" in 2003. Eiland has been awarded the Texas Medical Association's coveted "Friend of Medicine" Award on two occasions. He has also been awarded the Texas Advocacy Award on two occasions by the American Cancer Society, and has been recognized as Legislator of the Year by the Texas Hospital Association, Texas Child Welfare Boards, the Texas Chapter of the National Association of the Mentally Ill, Lutheran Homes and the United Way of Texas.

Eiland was also recommended by the Speaker of the House, Pete Laney, and served in The Leadership Institute Class of 1997 with the National Conference of State Legislatures. He has been given the honor of Hospitality Hero by The Hotel Motel Association, and the President's Award by the Texas Public Health Association. He has also been recognized for his legislative efforts by the Texas Association of Builders, the Boys and Girls Club, the Surfriders' Foundation, Texas A&M; University, Texas Southern University, Baylor University and the University of Houston.

Eiland and his wife Melissa have four children, a daughter Blake (7), a son Tucker(6), and twins, Gray (3) and Delaney (3). They live on Galveston Island with their lab, Ace, and are members of Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church in Galveston.

last updated on 04/04/2006

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