Dan Kubiak met President L.B.J on several occasions

Dan Kubiak was born on March 19, 1938 (oldest of six children of John and Connie Kubiak) in Reagan, Falls County, Texas. He attended Reagan Elementary and Jr. High School in Reagan, Texas (1946-1953). Dan graduated from Marlin High School, Marlin, Texas (Falls County) in 1957. He served as class President and lettered in Football, basketball, track and Baseball.

Dan was recruited by Blinn College to play Basketball and Football; graduated from Blinn College, Brenham, Texas with an A.A. Degree in 1959.Kubiak attended the University of Texas on a football schlorship and graduated with a B.B.A. in Mathematics in 1962. Dan played semi-pro football for the Vernon Vikings (State Champs in 1962).

Kubiak received his Master's of Education from Midwestern University, Wichita Falls, Texas in 1968 and his doctorate degree (PhD in Education) from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dan was a Math Teacher and Coach at the Vernon Public Schools in Vernon, Texas in 1962 and 1963 and received the Teacher of the Year Award in 1967 from both the Cypress-Fairbanks High School and the Texas State Teachers Association (District Award).

Kubiak began his political career in 1968 when he won his first term in the 61st Texas Legislature by defeating an incumbent state representative of District 27 (Milam, Falls and Robertson Counties). Dan was reelected to his second term in 1970 and in 1972 defeated the District 36 (Burlington, Milam, Robertson, Washington and Waller Counties) incumbent to win his third legislative term.

In 1973, Kubiak was a delegate to the historic constitutional convention in Milam County as Chairman of the Committee and Section on Education. He was later reelected in 1974, 1976, 1978 and 1980 as the representative for District 36.

During these seven terms in office, Kubiak served on the Education Committee, Agriculture and Livestock Committee, Parks and Wildlife Committee, Penitentiaries Committee, Special Committee on Four-Quarter School Plan, Rules Committee and the Appropriations Committee. He served as Chairman of the Budget and Oversight Committee and the Subcommittee on Federal Funds during the 67th Legislature (1981), his seventh term in office.

Speaker of the House Bill Clayton appointed Kubiak as Chairman of the State Fire Ant Committee in 1981. After his seventh term in office, Kubiak left public office to pursue other political and business interests. He unsuccessfully ran for Texas Land Commissioner in 1982 and lost to Republican Phil Gramm in a special election for U.S. Congress in 1983. In 1984, he lost another bid for Congress againtist the GOP's Joe Barton of Ennis. During this time he also concentrated on personal real estate, farming and construction projects.

In 1990 Kubiak was reelected to his 8th term in the legislature representing District 13 (Burlington, Milam, Robertson, Washington and Waller counties). He was reelected in 1992, 1994 and 1996. In 1992, District 13 was redrawn to include Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Lee, Milam and Washington Counties.

During these terms he served on the Higher Education Committee, the Agriculture and Livestock Committee, the Committee to Study Texas State Technical College, the Appropraitions Committee, the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee and the Joint Interim Committee on State Investment Policy. He served as Chairman of the Funding Formulas for Higher Education Committee, the Deferred Maintenance Committee, the Sub-Committee for regulatory Agencies and the Oversight of Major Information Systems Interim Committee. Kubiak was Vice-Chairman for the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee.

Kubiak was running for reelection in 1998 when he died unexpectedly at his home in Rockdale, Texas.

Throughout his 22 years in public office, Kubiak was the recipient of many awards and a member of many private and non-profit organizations in addition to being active in his hometown community of Rockdale, Texas.

Dan Kubiak was the father of three children and is buried at the Texas State Cemetery.

Dan is also the author of Ten Tall Texans, (1967, Naylor)- the biography of ten founding fathers of the Republic of Texas, and Monument to a Black Man, (1972, Naylor)- the biography of William Goyens, confidant and aide of Sam Houston, land owner in early day Texas and Indian treaty negotiator.

In the Legislature, Kubiak contributed his expertise in education and budget issues. He was named one of the "Ten Best Legislators" in 1973 by Texas Monthly magazine, which called him "the best educated education chairman in modern time." The Texas County Agents Association selected him "Man of the Year" in Agriculture in 1981. The Texas Classroom Teachers Association named him Legislator of the Year" in 1983. The Texas Public Employee Association and State Employees named him "Legislator of the Year" in 1993, and the Texas 4- H Alumni awarded him the same honor in 1994.


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Endowment Scholarship program at Blinn College

Dan Kubiak Memorial Scholarship: Established in memory of Representative Dan Kubiak, a dedicated public servant. A former athlete and graduate of Blinn College, he was a strong advocate of higher education in the Texas Legislature. This scholarship will be awarded without regard to major to a full-time student with a 3.0 or better GPA who is involved in student activities.

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