Dan Branch, a 1980 Oklahoma Christian University graduate, announced his candidacy for Texas Attorney General in front of family, friends, and hundreds of supporters at Southern Methodist University Tuesday.
Branch was joined by his wife of more than 28 years, Stacey, their five children, and his parents, Dr. Charles and Sylvia Branch, in kicking off his campaign at his law school alma mater.
Since 2003, Branch has served in the Texas House of Representatives, where he led the way in balancing six straight budgets without raising taxes, passing the largest tax cut in Texas history, championing pro-life legislation, and enacting tort reform legislation that has helped Texas create nearly one-third of the net new jobs in America over the past 10 years.
In addition to his service in the Legislature, Branch is a successful attorney in Dallas. After graduating from SMU law school, Branch worked for the Texas Supreme Court before directing the Victory Fund of the Reagan-Bush re-election campaign in Texas.
“President Reagan inspired a generation of constitutional conservatives to pursue public office across the country. I say this because I am one,” Branch said. “For the past decade, I have tried to uphold his legacy while serving Texas – and this community – as a conservative voice in our state House.”
Oklahoma Christian honored Branch's parents with its first Legacy Award in 2010. Dr. Charles Branch, a renowned neurosurgeon, is an OC Life Trustee. His wife, Sylvia, is a valued member of the board of The Christian Chronicle, which is housed on OC’s campus.
The Branch children – Charlie (77), Warren (77), Dan (80), Alfred (84) and Cynthia (86) – all attended OC and have gone on to remarkable careers of their own while actively supporting their alma mater.
Four of their grandchildren – Charlie and Lesa’s son, Daniel; Henson Adams, the oldest of Don and Cynthia (Branch) Adams’ children; Meagan (Branch) Lytton, daughter of Alfred and Judy (Lovejoy 85) Branch; and Alfred and Judy’s son, Lee – also have attended Oklahoma Christian.
Charlie and his wife Lesa (Williams 78) established a $1.5 million endowment at Oklahoma Christian in 2004 to name the Williams-Branch Center for Biblical Studies. Alfred Branch, who served as OC’s fifth president, is now on the OC Board of Trustees.
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