Senator John Whitmire represents the 15th Senatorial District. He was elected to the Texas Senate in 1982 after serving 10 years in the Texas House of Representatives. With 39 years of service in the Texas Senate, Senator Whitmire ranks first in seniority and is the Dean of the Texas Senate. As Chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, Senator Whitmire focuses on continued reforms to the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems. He is also committed to ensuring everyone is treated fairly in our judicial system. Senator Whitmire is a member of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee and serves as a member of the Senate Finance Committee where he is committed to finding appropriate solutions for funding the state's many agencies and programs including public education, higher education, and health and human services.