George Lavender

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George Edward Lavender

Texas State Representative for
District 1 (Bowie, Cass, Marion, and Morris counties)
In office
January 2011 – January 2015
Preceded by Stephen James Frost
Succeeded by Gary VanDeaver

Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jan Timberlake Lavender
Occupation Businessman
Religion Baptist

George Edward Lavender (born September 7, 1955) is a small businessman from Texarkana, Texas, who is a Republican former member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 1, encompassing Bowie, Cass, Marion, and Morris counties in the northeastern portion of the state.[1]

Lavender was reared in Texarkana, Arkansas, the sister city of Texarkana, Texas, at which he now resides with his wife, the former Jan Timberlake. He graduated in 1973 from Arkansas High School in Texarkana, Arkansas, and holds a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He is active in the First Baptist Church of Texarkana, Texas.[2]

In the 2008 general election Lavender polled 45 percent of the vote but was defeated by the Democratic incumbent, Representative Stephen James Frost of New Boston, Texas. In their 2010 rematch, however, Lavender prevailed with 51.5 percent. In 1994 and 1996, Lavender ran unsuccessfully for the District 1 seat in the Texas Senate, first as a Democrat, then as a Republican, respectively.[3]

In the 2011 House session, Lavender served on the (1) Land and Resource Management and (2) Transportation committees.[1]

Lavender was best known as the author of legislation, signed into law by Governor Rick Perry, which permits the manufacture of incandescent light bulbs in Texas. Under current federal law signed in 2007 by U.S. President George W. Bush (also Perry's predecessor as governor), effective in 2012, incandescent bulbs must be replaced by fluorescent lights on grounds that the latter are more energy-efficient. Lavender, however, notes that the fluorescent bulbs contain mercury and are manufactureed mostly in China. "The last thing we need in this economy is to send American jobs overseas and raise costs to consumer based on dubious claims of increased energy efficiency. This law defends our constitutional rights from an overreaching federal government," said Lavender."[4]

Lavender was defeated for re-nomination in 2014 by Gary VanDeaver, a retired educator; he failed in a rematch with VanDeaver in the Republican primary held on March 1, 2016.


  1. 1.0 1.1 George Lavender. Retrieved on September 29, 2011.
  2. State Rep. George Lavender. Retrieved on September 29, 2011.
  3. Austin, Texas:Texas Secretary of State, Texas general election returns from 1994, 1996, 2008, and 2010
  4. Let There Be Light in the Lone Star State: Governor Perry Signs Lavender's Incandescent Light Bulb Bill into Law. Retrieved on September 29, 2011.