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Tony Tinderholt
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 94th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 13, 2015
Preceded byDiane Patrick
Personal details
Born (1970-08-31) August 31, 1970 (age 49)
Chippewa County, Minnesota, USA
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
  • Kimberly Ann Johnson (m. 1990; div. 1994; m. 1995; div. 1996)
  • Tammy J. Land
    (m. 1996, divorced)
  • Tamara Dawn Levan
    (m. 2002, divorced)
  • Bethany Tyler (m. 2009)
Children3
ResidenceArlington, Tarrant County
Texas, USA
OccupationBusinessman
Websitetonytinderholt.com
Military service
Branch/service
  • United States Air Force (1991–1997)
  • United States Army (2003–2005)
Battles/warsIraq War

Tony Dale Tinderholt (born August 13, 1970) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from Arlington, Texas. In 2017, a Rice University study said that Tinderholt was the fourth most conservative representative in the Texas House.[citation needed] On January 13, 2015, Tinderholt succeeded Diane Patrick, a four-term representative whom he unseated in the Republican primary election on March 4, 2014.

Background[edit]

Tinderholt was born in Chippewa County, Minnesota, USA, to Dale Allen and Sandra Kae (Charter) Tinderholt.[1]

Tinderholt is a businessman and veteran. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1988 and was a Spanish language cryptologist and linguist who worked in counter-drug missions in Central and South America. He returned to active duty in January 2002 as a platoon leader and executive officer at the company level and then as detachment commander for the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. During his time in the Iraq War, Tinderholt and ten other American soldiers lived with and trained an Iraqi Special Forces Battalion.[citation needed] He then returned to Dallas as a battalion executive officer.

While serving in the Air Force, from 1991 to 1997, Tinderholt attended Excelsior College, obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree.[citation needed] During the Iraq War, from 2003 to 2005, Tinderholt finished his education, procuring his Masters of Education and Educational Leadership degrees from Trident University International, which was once an affiliate of Touro College.[citation needed] After his military service, Tinderholt was a professor of Spanish at Columbia College in Fort Worth.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Tinderholt won the 2014 Republican nomination over Diane Patrick, 7,489 votes (55.44 percent) to 6,018 (44.55 percent).[2]

In the November 4 general election, Tinderholt, with 23,034 votes (56.64 percent), defeated Democrat Cole Ballweg and Libertarian Robert Harris, who received 16,461 (40.47 percent) and 1,172 (2.88 percent), respectively.[3] The largely Republican district was once represented by Kent Grusendorf, whom Patrick had unseated in the 2006 primary.[4]

He was endorsed in his legislative campaign by Cathie Adams, a former state Republican Party chairman and president of the Texas Eagle Forum, neighboring legislators Giovanni Capriglione, Jonathan Stickland, Bill Zedler, and Matt Krause. Julie McCarty, the president of the Tea Party movement of Northeast Tarrant County, and Michael Quinn Sullivan, the conservative political figure who formed Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, also backed Tinderholt.[5][self-published source]

On February 25, 2015, Tinderholt filed a complaint against a Texas probate judge who had issued a ruling allowing two women to marry in Travis County. Tinderholt filed a handwritten complaint with the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct against Judge David Wahlberg, rather than against Judge Guy Herman, the judge who had made the ruling about which Tinderbolt complained. He filed the complaint based on the judge allegedly missing to obey a 45-day notification period. However, as it turned out, Judge Herman had notified the state attorney general's office, which opted not to get involved in the case[6]

In January 2017, Tinderholt introduced House Bill 948, the "Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act." The bill seeks to criminalize abortions that take place after the "moment of fertilization."[7][8] The abortion ban would make it legal to charge both the woman and her doctor with murder. In an interview with the Texas Observer, Tinderholt explained why he introduced the bill:

"I don't think that there should be any exceptions to murder, no matter what. So, if this child was out of the womb and it was a child that was born out of rape or incest, no one would be OK with killing a child. I look at it like that child is a child in the womb, just like it's out. [...] Right now, it's real easy. Right now, they don't make it important to be personally responsible because they know that they have a backup of 'oh, I can just go get an abortion.' Now, we both know that consenting adults don't always think smartly sometimes. But consenting adults need to also consider the repercussions of the sexual relationship that they're gonna have, which is a child."[9]

The bill would also criminalize abortions resulting from rape and incest.[10]

On March 21, 2017, Representative Tinderholt criticized then Representative Byron Cook of Corsicana for Cook's refusal to hold a hearing before the House State Affairs Committee on Tinderholt's proposed ban on abortion in Texas. Cook said that the office of Attorney General Ken Paxton has called the measure "unconstitutional" and therefore no hearing will be set. Tinderholt accused Cook of "hiding behind the office of attorney general" so as to block a vote on the legislation.[11]

On April 10, 2017, Tinderholt challenged Joe Straus, the House Speaker from San Antonio, to permit Texas State Senate Bill 6, known as the bathroom bill, to come for a vote before the full House. Earlier, Straus said that he would not block a vote on the measure, but thus far the House has not considered the Senate-passed legislation, strongly pushed by Dan Patrick, the lieutenant governor and the presiding officer of the Senate. The bill would require persons to use the public rest rooms corresponding to their genitalia at birth and is strongly opposed by liberals, the transgender community, and many businesses and sports teams.[12]

In the general election held on November 6, 2018, Tinderholt won his third legislative term. With 32,448 votes (52.49 percent), he defeated Democrat Finnigan Jones, who received 27,145 votes (43.91 percent). Another 2,230 votes (3.61 percent) went to Libertarian candidate Jessica Pallett.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Tinderholt has been married five times, twice to his first wife. His current wife, Bethany Tyler, is a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.[14] Tinderholt married Kimberly Ann Johnson in 1990, she divorced him in 1994, they remarried in 1995,[15] and she divorced him again in 1996.[16] After their first divorce, Johnson was granted a restraining order against Tinderholt for threatening Johnson, causing her bodily harm/injury, and destroying property shared by the couple.[17] Tinderholt married Tammy J. Land in 1996[18] who later filed for divorce. In 2002, Tinderholt married Tamara Dawn Levan.[19][20] He married Bethany Tyler in 2009.

Tinderholt has two children from a previous marriage and a daughter with Bethany Tyler.[21]

See also[edit]


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References[edit]

  1. "Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002 database, FamilySearch". Family Search. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 26, 2017. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "Republican primary election returns (House District 94), March 4, 2014". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on March 5, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2014. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "General election returns, November 4, 2014". Texas Secretary of State. Archived from the original on December 1, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2014. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "2006 Republican primary election returns". elections.sos.state.tx.us. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2014. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. "Endorsements". tonytinderholt.com. Archived from the original on December 13, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2014. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "For Tinderholt, a judicial complaint gone haywire". Ft. Worth Star Telegram. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2015. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. Paiella, Gabriella (24 January 2017). "State Rep. Says Making Abortion a Crime Would Force Women to Be 'More Personally Responsible'". NY Mag. Archived from the original on 25 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. "85(R) HB 948 - Introduced version - Bill Text". www.legis.state.tx.us. Archived from the original on 2017-08-13. Retrieved 2017-08-18. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. Guarecuco, Lyanne A. (23 January 2017). "Lawmaker: Criminalizing Abortion Would Force Women to be 'More Personally Responsible'". Texas Observer. Archived from the original on 25 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. Wagner, Meg (24 January 2017). "Texas lawmaker proposes criminalizing abortion to make women 'personally responsible' for sex". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 26 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. "Rep. Tinderholt Shows Rep. Cook to Be a Phoney". Conservative Republicans of Texas News. March 31, 2017. Archived from the original on September 1, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2017. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. Dr. Steve Hotze (April 11, 2017). "Tinderholt Openly Challenges Straus for Blocking SB 6". Conservative Republicans of Texas News. Archived from the original on April 18, 2017. Retrieved April 17, 2017. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. "Race Summary Report 2018 General Election". elections.sos.state.tx.us. Office of the Secretary of State of Texas. 2018-11-06. Archived from the original on 2019-04-10. Retrieved 2019-04-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. "Texas lawmaker married five times files error-filled complaint against gay marriage". Archived from the original on 2015-08-15. Retrieved 2015-08-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. "ITAL RECORDS - TOM GREEN COUNTY, TX - DIVORCES 1994". Files.usgwarchives.net. Archived from the original (TXT) on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  16. "ITAL RECORDS - TOM GREEN COUNTY, TX - DIVORCES 1996". Files.usgwarchives.net. Archived from the original (TXT) on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  17. "Tony Tinderholt's Terrible Treatment of Texas Women". www.reformaustin.org. Retrieved 11 April 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  18. "ITAL RECORDS - TOM GREEN COUNTY, TX - MARRIAGES 1996". Files.usgwarchives.net. Archived from the original (TXT) on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  19. "ITAL RECORDS - TOM GREEN COUNTY, TX - MARRIAGES 2002". Files.usgwarchives.net. Archived from the original (TXT) on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  20. "VSU - Marriage Index". Dshs.texas.gov. 2018-03-13. Archived from the original on 2018-04-20. Retrieved 2018-04-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  21. Tinsley, Anna (13 January 2017). "End abortion in Texas? Plan called cruel and 'most extreme' measure so far in 85th Legislature". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Archived from the original on 5 September 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2017. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
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Preceded by
Diane Patrick
Texas State Representative for District 94 (Tarrant County)
2015–
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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