D. A. Sharpe
Aurora, Wise County, Texas
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Dwight Albert Sharpe is a fifth generation Texan, born 1939 in Ballinger, Runnels County, Texas. His family has been in Texas since 1841. He has lived in Texas all of his life, except for 20 years in Louisiana (1962-72) and Missouri (1972-82).
Mr. Sharpe serves on four levels of government. He was appointed in September 2012 to the Selective Service Board in North Texas, a Federal agency. He is an Official of the State of Texas, having been appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Texas Senate to serve, now in the second term, on one of the State professional licensing boards. He is a county official as Chairman of the Wise County Ballot Board, which oversees elections. He is a city official serving on the Historical Commission of the City of Aurora, where he is a resident in Wise County. All of these positions are unpaid voluntary activities.
His political service for the Republican Party of Texas dates back to 1982 where in Dallas County he served as a Precinct Chairman and Election Judge in University Park and later in North Dallas. He has been elected a delegate to the Texas State Republican Party Convention every even numbered year since 1988, except for 1990, when he was in Europe.
His earlier Republican political assignments began in Saint Louis County, Missouri as an Election Judge (beginning in 1974) and Hadley Township Convention Chairman. He was elected a delegate to the 1978 ad 1980 Missouri State Republican Conventions. In 1966, while a resident of New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, his local voting precinct poll was in his home.
In 1999, Mr. & Mrs. Sharpe moved to Aurora, Wise County. In 2000, he was elected Chairman of the Wise County Republican Party, and again in 2002, 2004 and in 2006. In 2008, he stepped down to encourage new and younger leadership in the local party, which was a successful transition.
He has been Delegation Chairman for Wise County at the State Republican Conventions and has been Chairman or other leadership position in the Convention State Senate Caucus meetings, 2000 - 2012. Currently he is Director of Communications for the Wise County Republican Party and Webmaster for its web site.
At the Republican State Convention June 7-9, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas, he was elected an Alternate Delegate from Congressional District #12 to represent Texas at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. At the time, he became the first person ever elected from Wise County to be represented at a National Republican Convention. He was present at that Convention to see the unveiling of the Clint Eastwood infamous Empty Chair skit! Clint is a distant cousin!
His political motivation is that our nation would be returned to that phrase in the Declaration of Independence, We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Our founders recognized that we need to acknowledge our Creator. The attempts of modernists in the past century have tried to steer us into a secular society. It is one that accomplishes good and governing without the presence of God. It has been a moral failure. The Article I of the Constitution states, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. Everyone knows Congress cannot establish a religion, but that Amendment often is not read completely. Notice that Congress may not prohibit the free exercise of religion. He believes that means the laws cannot dictate that public expression of prayer, for example, be removed from the public arena, such as high school football game, etc.
James Madison, who later became President of the United States, took copious notes of the debates Constitutional Convention, and had much to do with fashioning the wording of the Constitution. Madison's important contribution to the overall creation of the Constitution earned him the nickname "Father of the Constitution" later in life. He is the 32nd cousin, once removed to Mr. Sharpe. Madison is the 3rd cousin, seven times removed to Steve Westmoreland, the son-in-law of Mr. Sharpe.
Texas Governor Rick Perry commissioned him in 2004 as an Admiral in the Texas Navy. Texas Admirals often affiliate with the Texas Navy Association, the historical educational organization promoting knowledge about the Texas Navy of the Republic of Texas 1836-1845, as well as other Texas Navy Squadrons.
He and his wife, Suzanne, raised two sons and a daughter. Their children are third generation graduates from the University of Texas in the family, both of their Sharpe grandparents having graduated in 1925 and in 1926. They enjoy seven grandchildren among their children, 24 great nieces and nephews and three great, great nephews (who are eighth generation Texans).
Mr. and Mrs. Sharpe are members of Eagle Mountain International Church in Fort Worth. They reside on 10 acres in Aurora, Wise County, Texas. His hobby is the pursuit of genealogy and the study of history.
Aurora, TX 76078-3712
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