King to speak Tuesday in ballroom

Email this article 09/27/2011

State Representative Tracy O. King will be the guest speaker Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m. as the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Lecture series begins for the fall semester.

King's presentation will be held in the Matthews Student Center Ballroom. This year's honors lecture topic is "The Economic and Environmental Impact of the Eagle Ford Shale Oil Development."

King, who represents District 80 in the Texas Legislature, is serving in his eighth term. He is vice chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources and also serves as a member of the Edwards Aquifer Legislative Oversight Committee and the Energy Council.

A graduate of Carrizo Springs High School, King attended Southwest Texas Junior College and was inducted into the Eta Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society in 1980. He also served on the student senate while at SWTJC.

After attending SWTJC, King went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in agricultural engineering from Texas A&M University. In 1983, King took a job with the Beltone Hearing Aid Center in San Antonio and eventually opened a branch office for Beltone in Uvalde. He later purchased the business which he owned an operated until selling it in 2008.

Representative King has always been active in public service. He is a former member of the board of trustees for First United Methodist Church in Uvalde and a past president of both the Kiwanis Club and the Texas Hearing Aid Association.

He is married to the former Cheryl Baker of Hondo. The Kings are the proud parents of two children, Katelyn Marie King and Clayton Baker King.

"We are very excited about this year's lecture topic," Eta Beta Chapter advisor Barbara Blair said. "Activity in the Eagle Ford Shale is already having a big impact in our region and we are very interested to hear Representative King's insight on the development of this resource."

The public is invited to attend the upcoming honors lecture which will be held in the Matthews Student Center Ballroom.

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