Brooks Landgraf

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Brooks Frederick Landgraf

Texas State Representative
for District 81 (Andrews, Ector,
Ward, and Winkler counties)
Assumed office 
January 13, 2015
Preceded by Tryon Lewis

Born March 15, 1981
Odessa, Texas, USA
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Shelby Levins Landgraf (married 2013)
Children Hollis Rose Landgraf
Residence Odessa, Texas
Alma mater Permian High School
(Odessa, Texas)

Texas A&M University
St. Mary's University
School of Law (San Antonio

Occupation Attorney and Rancher
Religion Roman Catholic

Brooks Frederick Landgraf (born March 15, 1981) is an attorney and rancher in his native Odessa, Texas, who is a Republican state representative for District 81, which encompasses Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler counties. In January 2015, he succeeded the three-term Republican Tryon Lewis, who did not seek re-nomination in the primary held on March 4, 2014.


Landgraf is descended from a five-generation pioneer ranching family, which still owns and operates a ranch near Marathon in Brewster County in West Texas. On September 28, 2013, he married Shelby Levins, the news anchor at KMID, the ABC affiliated in Midland, Texas. Though she has lived all over the world, her father's family is from Andrews, Texas. The two wed in a ceremony held at the family's Brooks Ranch, named for his maternal grandparents, Conoly and Peggy Brooks.[1]

In 1999, Landgraf graduated from Permian High School in Odessa.[2] In 2003, he completed his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, where he was a member of the United States Army Corps of Cadets and the Student Senate, serving as Speaker of the Senate.[3] In 2008, Landgraf earned his Juris Doctorate degree from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, where he was the editor-in-chief of the St. Mary's Law Review.

Prior to earning his law degree, Landgraf worked as an congressional staffer and press secretary to Republican former United States Representative Joe Barton of Texas' 6th congressional district, and former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.[4]

After earning his law degree, Landgraf worked as an associate attorney at the Shafer, Davis, O'Leary & Stoker law firm in Odessa, where he represented energy producers and small businesspeople.[4] Landgraf later served as the chief legal counsel at Odessa Medical Center Health System before he returned to private practice in 2015.[5] Landgraf also works in the management of his family's cow-calf operation and mineral interests.[4]

Landgraf serves on the board of directors for the Midland-Odessa Transportation Allianca, non-profit organization which "promotes transportation infrastructure and economic development in the Permian Basin." He is also a board member of the Education Foundation, a non-profit with the mission "to be the catalyst for opportunity through education in the Ector County Independent School District. He is a member of the advisory council of the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute, named for the Texas state attorney general in the 1950s.[6] which aims to "provide Texans an education for and about leadership, ethics and public service." An Eagle Scout, he also serves a mentor to young adults through the Odessa Teen Court program, and is a member of the state advisory council of the YMCA Youth and Government. Landgraf and his wife attend St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Odessa. They have a daughter, Hollis Rose.[4]

2014 election

Landgraf won the Republican primary in with 6,141 votes (58.5 percent) to his lone opponent, Austin Robert Keith (born July 21, 1955), the president of Pinkie's, Inc., in Odessa, who received the remaining 4,348 votes (41.5 percent).[7]

No Democrat opposed Landgraf in the November 4 general election, but Landgraf did defeat a write-in candidate, Dr. Michael McCulloch, with 98.87 percent of the votes.[8]

Landgraf carried the endorsement of: the Texas Farm Bureau, which represents "Texas food and fiber producers, farmers and ranchers on issues important to rural Texans and agriculture in Texas."[9] He also gained the backing of the political action committee of the Texas Hospital Association, which represents hospitals and health systems in Texas.[10]

He was also endorsed by the Gun Owners of America, a Second Amendment rights group.[11] He was also endorsed by Michael Quinn Sullivan, the conservative activist who formed Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, an interest group with the stated mission to: "create and sustain a system of strong fiscal stewardship within all levels of Texas government, ensuring the greatest amounts of economic and personal liberty, and promoting public policies that provide individuals with the freedom to use their strengths and talents in pursuit of greater opportunities." When Landgraf declined in 2017 to commit to a Republican for state House Speaker to succeed Moderate Republican Joe Straus, Sullivan withdrew his support for Landgraf; so did West Texas "Mr. Republican" Ernest Angelo, Jr., a former mayor of Midland. In the 2018 primary, Landgraf again prevailed, this time over Joshua Crawford.[12] The Speaker's position was then filled in 2019 by another Moderate Republican, Dennis Bonnen of Angleton in Brazoria County, who steps down from the legislature in 2021.

Landgraf and his wife said that they knocked on some two thousand doors in soliciting voter support in 2014.[13]

Landgraf ran unopposed for his fourth legislative term in his heavily Republican district in the general election held on November 3, 2020. Governor Greg Abbott praised Brooks for his "tireless efforts" in the legislature, calling him "a proven conservative leader and a strong voice for the people of West Texas."[14]


  1. Shelby&Brooks. Retrieved on April 10, 2014; information no longer accessible on-line.
  2. Class of 1999 Reunion information. Retrieved on December 1, 2020.
  3. TAMU Past Speakers of the Student Senate.; material no longer accessible on-line.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 About Brooks Landgraf. Retrieved on December 1, 2020.
  5. Landgraf to leave MCH: Ron Griffin to take over as general counsel. The Odessa American (October 19, 2014). Retrieved on December 1, 2020.
  6. John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute advisory council members. Retrieved on December 1, 2020.
  7. Texas Secretary of State, Election Returns, March 4, 2014.
  8. Landgraf Takes District 81 Seat: Republican nominee defeats write-in challenger. The Odessa American (November 5, 2014). Retrieved on December 1, 2020.
  9. Texas Farm Bureau Endorses Landgraf. (January 20, 2014). Retrieved on December 1, 2020.
  10. Lance Lunsford (January 27, 2014). HOSPAC Endorses Landgraf. Texas Hospital Association. Retrieved on December 1, 2020.
  11. Gun Owners of America Endorse Brooks Landgraf for House District 81. (January 24, 2014). Retrieved on December 1, 2020.
  12. Cary Chesire (June 26, 2018). Two Dozen House Republicans Won't Rule out Supporting Democrat Speaker Candidate. Retrieved on December 1, 2020.
  13. Jon Vanderlaan (March 5, 2014). Landgraf wins representative race: Keith concedes to Landgraf before final tall. The Odessa American. Retrieved on April 10, 2014.
  14. Brooks Landgraf. Texas House of Representatives. Retrieved on December 1, 2020.