Dan Flynn

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Daniel Archie "Dan" Flynn

Texas State Representative for
District 2 (Rains, Hunt,
and Van Zandt counties)
In office
2003 – January 2021
Succeeded by Bryan Slaton (pending)

Born February 21, 1943
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan Flynn
Residence Van, Van Zandt County
Texas, USA
Occupation Businessman, rancher
Religion Church of the Nazarene

Daniel Archie Flynn, known as Dan Flynn (born February 21, 1943), is a Republican businessman and rancher from Van, Texas who has been the state representative or District 2 in the Texas House of Representatives since 2003. This district encompasses Hunt, Rains, and Van Zandt counties in the northeastern portion of Texas.[1] He vacates his House seat in January 2021, having been defeated in the Republican primary runoff in 2000 by Bryan Slaton, who prevailed with 9,772 votes (61 percent) to 6,229 (39 percent)is also the former interim county judge of Van Zandt County, based in Canton, Texas, located to the east of Dallas.[2]

In December 2008, Flynn attracted statewide attention when he introduced unsuccessful legislation which would have mandated that public documents be printed only in English.[3]

In 2011, Flynn served on the House Defense and Veterans Affairs and the Homeland Security and Public Safety committees.[4] He is a member of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, which audits the operations of state boards, commissions, and agency.[2]

Late in 2010, Representative Bryan Hughes of Mineola in Wood County, claimed that Larry Phillips, a Republican lawmaker from Sherman in north Texas, told Hughes that both Flynn and Erwin Cain, the newly elected conservative representative from Sulphur Springs, would be significantly redistricted for the forthcoming primary election on March 6, 2012. The alleged redistricting threat against Flynn and Cain was based on their opposition to the second-term reelection of House Speaker Joe Straus, a Moderate Republican from San Antonio, who depended on Democratic votes to remain the presiding officer of the chamber. Straus steps down in January 2019. In a hearing before the House Ethics Committee, chaired by another East Texas Representative Chuck Hopson of Jacksonville (an ally of Speaker Straus), Phillips denied having made such a threat to Hughes. Neither Hughes nor Phillips taped the conversation. No judgment was rendered by the committee because of the lack of corroborating witnesses.[5]

Flynn narrowly survived redistricting. On March 1, 2016, he won nomination in the Republican primary, 14,917 votes (51 percent) to intra-party rival Bryan Slaton's 14,336 (49 percent).[6] After his re-nomination, the pro-life Flynn, was accused of lacking knowledge on the issue of abortion. Flynn was a co-author of the Texas law since placed on hold by federal judges requiring that abortion providers have local hospital access.[7]

In his 2018 primary election, Flynn again defeated intra-party rival, Bryan Slaton of Hunt County, 11,803 (51.7 percent) to 11,013 (48.3 percent). After his reelection, Flynn called once again to permit public school teachers in Texas the option of displaying the Ten Commandments in their classrooms. He has been unsuccessful in previous attempts to pass such legislation. Flynn said that he does not understand why his proposal is controversial and, in the eyes of liberals "unconstitutional". "It’s just allowing teachers to put something in their room that is about values," he said.[8] In 20020, however, Slaton easily won the party nomination over Flynn.


  1. Legislative Reference Library of Texas: Dan Flynn. lrl.state.tx.us. Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dan Flynn State Representative District 2. daflynn.com. Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  3. "Representative files to make English state's official language," Daily Texan On-line
  4. Dan Flynn: Texas House of Representatives Member Page. house.state.tx.us. Retrieved on November 16, 2011.
  5. "Texas House Ethics Panel Takes No Action on Alleged Redistricting Threats by Vice-chair Phillips," November 23, 2010. americanindependent.com. Retrieved on September 28, 2011.
  6. Republican primary returns. Texas Secretary of State (March 1, 2016). Retrieved on March 3, 2016.
  7. Texas Abortion Lawmaker Dan Flynn Lacks Basic Abortion Knowledge. Newsweek (March 3, 2016). Retrieved on July 24, 2016.
  8. Anna M. Tinsley (December 10, 2018). Time to allow the Ten Commandments in Texas classrooms? One state lawmaker thinks so. Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved on December 11, 2018.