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Joe D. Deshotel

Joseph "Joe" Deshotel is an attorney and businessman from Beaumont, Texas and a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives.


Deshotel, Joe D. was born on December 3, 1951 in Beaumont, Texas, United States.


Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, 1974. Juris Doctor, Texas Southern University, Houston, 1978.


Since 1999, he has represented District 22 in Jefferson County. He is an alumnus of Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School. Deshotel received his bachelor's degree in Political Science at Lamar University in 1974 and his J.D. from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in 1978.

Deshotel has been an attorney, businessman, and Technical Sergeant in the United States Air Force Reserves. Deshotel was elected to the Texas House of Representatives after he ran unopposed in 1998. He has run unopposed in each election since, except in 2004, 2006, and 2008, where he faced Libertarian opponents.

However, he faced no significant threat, as he received the vast majority of the votes each year. He has also served on the Special Committee on Redistricting. He has previously served on several committees, including the House Appropriations, House Economic Development, Transportation, and Redistricting committees.

He was also the chairman of Budget Oversight for the House Elections Committee and the vice chair of the Local & Consent Calendars.


He currently serves as the chair of the Land and Resource Management committee and is a member of the Public Education committee.


Married Claudia Deshotel.