Release Date: Nov. 12, 2009
Congressman Conaway to Give ASU Fall Commencement Address
U.S. Congressman Mike Conaway, who represents the 11th Congressional District of Texas, will deliver the commencement address during Angelo State University’s fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.
Conaway will address graduates of the College of Business and the College of Education during a 10 a.m. ceremony that Saturday. He will speak to graduates of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Sciences and College of Nursing and Allied Health in a 2 p.m. ceremony. More than 350 students will receive diplomas during the two graduation exercises.
A deputy Republican whip in the 111th Congress, Conaway is in his third term in office. His 11th district encompasses 36 counties in West and Central Texas and includes San Angelo, Midland and Odessa. He is a vocal proponent of reducing the national debt and has authored “No New Programs” legislation to change the House rules on spending.
Conaway currently serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, Ethics and Intelligence committees. On the Armed Services and Intelligence committees, he supports U.S. military forces and the goals of the global war on terror. On the Agriculture Committee, he is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Rural Development, Biotechnology, Specialty Crops and Foreign Agriculture, where he works to protect the interests of rural America and the American farmer.
A native Texan, Conaway grew up in Odessa and graduated from Odessa Permian High School in 1966 after playing on the Panthers’ first state championship football team. He earned a B.B.A. degree in accounting from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1970 and is a certified public accountant (CPA). He is also an ordained deacon in the Baptist Church.
After serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Hood, Conaway went to work for Price Waterhouse & Co. and settled in Midland, where he later worked with former President George W. Bush as the chief financial officer for Bush Exploration.
Conaway and his wife, Suzanne, have four children and seven grandchildren.