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Teel Bivins

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Divorced from: 1 Cornelia Ritchie Wadsworth Bivins

2 Tricia Hamilton Bivins, later married to Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst Children

Andrew Montgomery Bivins
Katherine Teel Bivins
William Terrill Bivins

Carolyn Hamilton Bivins Alma mater

Tulane University

Southern Methodist University Profession Attorney; Rancher; Businessman

Miles Teel Bivins November 22, 1947 – October 26, 2009 was from 2004 to 2006 the United States ambassador to Sweden He was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 21, 2004, and sworn in at Washington DC, on May 26 He presented his credentials to King Carl XVI Gustaf in Stockholm on June 9 He left the position early after having been stricken with progressive supranuclear palsy PSP, a fatal condition


  • 1 State senate service
  • 2 Family background
  • 3 Election history
    • 31 Most recent election
      • 311 2002
    • 32 Previous elections
      • 321 1998
      • 322 1994
      • 323 1992
  • 4 Notes
  • 5 References

State senate service

Bivins served as a Republican member of the Texas State Senate from 1989 to 2004 from Senate District 31, based about Amarillo He was first elected in 1988, when the incumbent Democratic state senator, Bill Sarpalius, was elected to the United States House of Representatives Thereafter, Bivins did not face an opponent in a general election Bivins chaired the Senate Finance Committee, the Education Committee, the Nominations Committee and the Agricultural Subcommittee of the Natural Resources Committee In addition, he co-chaired the Interim Committee on Public School Finance during the 78th session and in 1999 served on the Electric Utility Restructuring Oversight Committee He worked for tort reform in Texas Bivins supported measures to increase accountability and spending in public education, to stop social promotions, and to increase financial aid for college students In 2008, his contributions were recognized by West Texas A&M University in Canyon through the Teel Bivins Chair in Political Science

In 1999 and 2001, Bivins was recognized as one of the most influential lawmakers by the Dallas Morning News In 1997 and 2001, Bivins was included among the "Ten Best Legislators" by Texas Monthly magazine A Dallas blogger described Bivins, along with colleagues David Sibley of Waco and Bill Ratliff of Mt Pleasant as having formed a particularly effective "triumvirate" in the management of the Senate during the 1990s

Bivins was also one of the most successful fundraisers during the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns for George W Bush

Family background

Bivins was the son of Lee Truscott Bivins June 2, 1916–July 18, 1972 and Betty Teel Bivins, later Betty Lovell October 2, 1919–January 16, 2008 Betty and Lee founded the St Andrew’s Episcopal School in 1951 in Amarillo, Texas Lee drowned near Lima, Peru, while swimming with his family in the Pacific Ocean Bivins graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans and went to law school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas In 1976, Bivins and his brother Tom formed a partnership, Bivins Brothers In 1978, Bivins, along with his two brothers, Mark and Tom, Dale Smith, and Jay O’Brien, formed a partnership, Corsino Cattle Company, still in existence He was also involved in petroleum and natural gas exploration

Teel Bivins had extensive ranch holdings in the Texas Panhandle In 1990, he introduced a Senate resolution honoring the memory of Tom Blasingame, the oldest cowboy in the history of the American West Blasingame taught Bivins, as a youth, how to handle livestock Teel Bivins's paternal grandfather, also named Lee Bivins, was the mayor of Amarillo from 1925 until his death in office in 1929

Bivins's first wife, Cornelia "Ninia" Ritchie, grew up on the 900,000-acre 3,600 km2 JA Ranch southeast of Amarillo Clarence Hailey Long, the original inspiration of the Marlboro Man advertising campaign, was a foreman at the JA, when he was featured in 1949 in Life Magazine photographs about the American West Long married Cornelia's nanny, Ellen Theresa Rogers In 2005, Bivins' son, Andrew Montgomery Bivins born 1979, joined the management team of the JA as the fifth generation heir Andrew is the grandson of Montgomery Harrison Wadsworth Ritchie, Cornelia's father, who managed the JA from 1935 until his retirement in 1993

Bivins was an avid outdoorsman, a skier and fisherman, who also annually visited the 4UR Ranch in Creede, Colorado Bivins's second wife, from whom he was also divorced, is Tricia Hamilton Bivins, who subsequently in 2009 married Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst

After a private interment, a public memorial service was held on October 29, 2009 at St Andrew's Episcopal Church in Amarillo Bivins was survived by his brothers, Mark Bivins and Tom Bivins, both of Amarillo, and their wives; his children, Andrew Bivins and wife, Wendy Ryan Bivins of Clarendon; Katherine Teel Bivins of Amarillo; William Terrill Bivins of Amarillo and Carolyn Hamilton Bivins of Houston, and his grandson, Nolan Montgomery Bivins A third brother, Levi Bivins, preceded him in death

Election history

Election history of Bivins from 1992

Most recent election


Texas general election, 2002: Senate District 31
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Teel Bivins Incumbent 118,938 10000 000
Majority 118,938 10000 000
Turnout 118,938 +2116
Republican hold

Previous elections


Texas general election, 1998: Senate District 31
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Teel Bivins Incumbent 98,165 10000 000
Majority 98,165 10000 000
Turnout 98,165 -1534
Republican hold


Texas general election, 1994: Senate District 31
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Teel Bivins Incumbent 115,951 10000 000
Majority 115,951 10000 000
Turnout 115,951 -1676
Republican hold


Texas general election, 1992: Senate District 31
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Teel Bivins Incumbent 139,302 10000
Majority 139,302 10000
Turnout 139,302
Republican hold


  1. ^ "Ex-state senator and ambassador to Sweden dies", Dallas Morning News,October 26, 2009
  2. ^ a b c d e "Teel Bivins Services Held Today in Amarillo" Texas Insider October 29, 2009 Retrieved October 30, 2009 
  3. ^ "David Sibley's unthinkable loss, June 23, 2010" dallasmorningviewsblogdallasnewscom Retrieved September 20, 2010 
  4. ^ a b "Social Security Death Index" ssdirootswebancestrycom Retrieved October 30, 2009 
  5. ^ "Betty Bivins remembered" amarillocom Retrieved January 29, 2011 
  6. ^ "Lt Gov Dewhurst plans to wed Houston lawyer Bivins, February 27, 2009" chroncom Retrieved August 14, 2012 
  7. ^ Uncontested primary elections are not shown
  8. ^ "2002 General Election" Office of the Secretary of State Texas Archived from the original on 2014-01-09 Retrieved 2007-01-05 
  9. ^ "1998 General Election" Office of the Secretary of State Texas Archived from the original on 2014-01-09 Retrieved 2007-01-05 
  10. ^ "1994 General Election" Office of the Secretary of State Texas Archived from the original on 2014-01-09 Retrieved 2007-01-05 
  11. ^ "1992 General Election" Office of the Secretary of State Texas Archived from the original on 2014-01-09 Retrieved 2007-01-05 
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  • Teel Bivins, US Ambassador to Sweden
Texas Senate
Preceded by
Bill Sarpalius
Texas State Senator
from District 31 Amarillo

Succeeded by
Kel Seliger
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Charles A Heimbold, Jr
US Ambassador to Sweden
2004 - 2006
Succeeded by
Michael M Wood

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