Meet Chris

Born in Center and raised in Carthage, Chris Paddie’s East Texas roots run deep. That upbringing instilled in him the values of faith, personal responsibility, and hard work. From an early age, Chris learned that life doesn’t give you handouts—if you want something, you have to earn it.

As a teenager, whether it was detailing cars, changing oil at the gas station, or delivering washers and dryers to help his family, Chris was the hardworking kid you always saw hurrying from place to place around town. Working over 30 hours a week in between classes at Carthage High School, Chris earned enough to become the first person in his family to go to college. He chose Texas A&M, where he continued working full time, doing whatever it took to make ends meet.

After earning his bachelor’s in Industrial Distribution, Chris worked with small businesses and national corporations around the country providing efficient and affordable solutions to help bring construction projects in on time and under budget.

Chris married his high-school sweetheart, Brooke Hanszen, and when the time came to start their family – they moved back home to East Texas to instill the same rural, conservative values that molded them into who they are today.

In Marshall, Chris became the general manager of the KMHT radio station and began hosting a weekday morning show called “The Talk of East Texas,” where Chris discussed important local news and issues like infrastructure, public education and crime with public officials in our community. He and his family now run radio stations across three different cities in East Texas.

Chris became a staple in his community through his local engagement and radio broadcasts. Recognized for his natural leadership, down-to-earth conservative values, and his ability to find solutions on key issues, Chris was elected to the Marshall City Commission in 2008. Chris believes that at the end of the day, core values are more important than party lines when it comes to what’s best for our district and our state.

Chris was chosen by his colleagues to serve as Mayor of Marshall, a position from which he earned a reputation for his commitment to cutting government waste, streamlining operations, and building vital infrastructure. As mayor, Chris maintained a record of passing fiscally responsible budgets and opposing all tax increases.

A lifelong conservative, Chris was elected our Republican State Representative. In his freshman session, Chris was appointed to serve on the House Energy Resources Committee and the House Land and Resource Management Committee, where he worked hard to cut bad regulations and keep Texas the job creation capital of America.

Chris is a member of the Texas Conservative Coalition, a vice-chair of the Texas Energy Caucus, vice-chair of the Young Texans Legislative Caucus, a member of the Rural Caucus and the Texas Tourism Caucus.

For his work in recent legislative sessions, Chris was honored as a “Courageous Conservative” by the Texas Conservative Coalition and as a “Lone Star Conservative Leader” by the Texas Conservative Roundtable. He was also named as a “Champion of Free Enterprise” by the Texas Association of Business and one of the “Best in the House” by the Combined Law Enforcement Agencies of Texas. Most recently, Chris was named an “Effective Conservative” by the Conservative Roundtable of Texas.

Chris has a rock-solid record of protecting innocent life, defending our rights, securing our border, and keeping big government out of our lives. He continues to fight for the conservative values of our community by avoiding political games and focusing on the issues that affect the people the most.

Above all else, Chris is dedicated to God, his family, our conservative values and working hard to serve our community. Whether it was washers and dryers, business solutions, the local news, vital infrastructure as Mayor, or conservative results as our State Representative, Chris has always delivered for us.

While Chris is proud of everything he had been able to accomplish for East Texas, he considers his family his greatest calling. Chris, his high-school sweetheart, Brooke, and two sons, Christopher and Noah, are active members of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Marshall where Chris serves as an usher.