Jack Vowell

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Jack Caruthers Vowell, Jr.

Texas State Representative
for former District 72-A
In office

Texas State Representative
for District 70
In office

Texas State Representative
for District 78
In office
Succeeded by Pat Haggerty

Born May 9, 1927
Died August 29, 2006 (aged 79)
El Paso, Texas
Resting place Restlawn Memorial Park in El Paso
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Irene Johnson Vowell
Children Janice Vowell Alexander

Jack, Sr., and Daurice McDaniel Vowell

Residence El Paso, Texas
Alma mater Georgetown University

University of Texas at El Paso
Harvard University

Occupation Businessman

College professor

Religion Episcopalian

Jack Caruthers Vowell, Jr. (May 9, 1927 – August 29, 2006),[1] was a political science professor and construction company owner from his native El Paso, Texas, who was a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1981 to 1995. He was the District 78 representative from 1993 to 1995. He previously represented District 70 from 1983 to 1993 and the temporary District 72-A from 1981 to 1983. The boundary changes came from redistricting. From 1987 to 1989, Vowell was a member of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, the body which considers the abolition of useless state agencies.[2]


Vowell was the first Republican in El Paso to win a seat in the Texas legislature in a general election. He ran down ballot on November 4, 1980, on the first Reagan-Bush ticket. Texas Monthly magazine twice named him among the "Ten Best" legislators. He ran unopposed in 1992 for his last term in the House.[3] He did not seek an eighth term in 1994 and was succeeded by fellow Republican Pat Haggerty, an El Paso real estate broker who had already represented a previous district.[4]

Vowell was one of two children of Texas natives Jack Vowell, Sr. (1899-1969), and the former Daurice McDaniel (1901-1974). A sister, Daurice V. Anderson, predeceased him.[5] In 1957, Vowell wed the former Mary Irene Johnson (1929-2014), the daughter of Sherman and Estel Johnson, who later assisted him in his business until the company was sold in 1974. The Vowell's daughter and only child, Janice Vowell Alexander (born c. 1963), showed her horses on the southwest circuit of the American Saddlebred Association.[6] Janice and her husband, Jay Dwayne Alexander (born c. 1959), have two sons, Jack Vowell's grandsons, Jayson and Jackson Alexander.[1]

From 1947 to 1948, Vowell served in the United States Army. In 1948 and 1952, he received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science, respectively, in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He received a Master of Arts degree, also in 1952, from the University of Texas at El Paso, then known as Texas Western College,[7] not to be confused with Western Texas College, a community college founded in 1971 in in Scurry County, Texas. His thesis is entitled Politics at El Paso, 1850-1920.[8] In 1955, he completed postgraduate studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[7] 

Vowell was the president of his Vowell Construction Company and taught at the University of Texas at El Paso. He was active in many civic organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Council on Disabilities, the Texas State Council on Child Abuse, El Paso History Society, the El Paso Public Library personnel committee,[7] and Goodwill Industries. He received the Gran Paisa Award from the University of Texas at El Paso, the Hannah G. Solomon Award from the El Paso Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, and twice the El Conquistador Award from the City of El Paso.[1]

Vowell, who was Episcopalian,[7] died at the age of seventy-nine. He and his parents are interred in El Paso at Restlawn Memorial Park.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jack Caruthers Vowell, Jr.. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on February 25, 2016.
  2. Jack Vowell. Texas Legislative Reference Library. Retrieved on February 25, 2016.
  3. 1992 General Election. Texas Secretary of State (November 3, 1992). Retrieved on February 25, 2016.
  4. Patrick "Pat" Haggerty. Texas Lesislative Reference Library. Retrieved on February 25, 2016.
  5. Jack Caruthers Vowell. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on February 25, 2016.
  6. Mary Vowell obituary. El Paso Times (October 18, 2014). Retrieved on August 7, 2017.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Jack C. Vowell. prabook.org. Retrieved on February 25, 2016.
  8. Politics at El Paso, 1850-1920. worldcat.org. Retrieved on February 25, 2016.