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politician , member of the Texas House of Representatives

Craig Eiland, state legislator. Named Hospitality Hero, Hotel-Motel Association; recipient President's award, Texas Public Health Association, Leadership Institute Class 1977, National Conference State Legislatures.


Eiland, Craig was born on April 4, 1962.


Bachelor of Business Administration, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1984. Juris Doctor, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1987.


From 2003 until 2015, Eiland represented Texas House District 23, which includes Galveston, Jamaica Beach, Texas City, and the Bolivar Peninsula in Galveston County and all of Chambers County. Prior to redistricting in 2003, Eiland was the member for House District 24, which roughly covered all of Galveston County west of Interstate 45. Eiland was first elected to the House in 1994.

For eight years he served on the Insurance and Appropriations committees, including four years as Vice Chair of the Insurance Committee and two years as chair of the House Pensions and Investments Committee. In 2009, Speaker Joe Straus named Eiland the House Speaker Pro-tempore, a job which entails leading the house in Speaker Straus' absence. Eiland was also named to the powerful House Appropriations committee and the Insurance committee.

In 2011 Beverly Woolley of Houston was chosen to replace Eiland after Republicans captured a super majority of seats (101 out of 150) in the 2010 elections. 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. Texas Monthly magazine has also named Eiland one of Texas' 10 Best Lawmakers.

In the November 4, 2014, general election, Eiland did not seek reelection. The Republican nominee, Wayne Faircloth, defeated the Democrat Susan Criss, 17,702 (546) to 14,716 (454 percent). In the Republican primary on March 4, Faircloth had defeated Bob Senter, 6,112 votes (661 percent) to 3,134 votes (339 percent).

Eiland served on the House Appropriations Committee and was the vice chairman of the Insurance Committee. A native of Stanton in Martin County, Eiland resides on Galveston Island.


The life with Christ has nothing to do with being in a "church" atmosphere for all eternity. God’s salvation involves far more. He is planning to make his children productive, creative, useful, and supremely happy, within an environment of spiritual perfection, health, peace, and love.


Social norms that assume different standards for women than for men in marriage are outdated and should be rejected. Laws in civil society should define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.


The very idea that one gender is superior to another should be rejected as well as the erroneous notion that members of one gender may receive love, power, and esteem only at the expense of another.


Married Melissa Eiland. Children: Blake, Tucker, Gray, Delaney.

Melissa Eiland

Blake Eiland

Tucker Eiland

Gray Eiland

Delaney Eiland