This bio is from David Dewhurst's website:
A native Texan, proud veteran, successful businessman and rancher, David Dewhurst has served as Lieutenant Governor since 2003.
In that time, Dewhurst has championed and helped pass some of the most fiscally and socially conservative laws in the nation.
As a successful businessman, Dewhurst worked hard to make Texas a national leader in job creation and the best place in America to do business.
A strong fiscal conservative, he helped pass the largest tax cut in state history, cut taxes and fees 51 times for over $14 billion in savings, and balanced five state budgets without raising taxes. As a result, Texas’ economy is leading the nation out of the recession.
In 1998, Dewhurst became the first Republican since Reconstruction to be elected Texas Land Commissioner. Dewhurst reduced the workforce and budget at the Texas General Land Office and turned back money during every budget cycle to Texas taxpayers.
At the height of the Cold War, Dewhurst enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and continued serving his country later in the Central Intelligence Agency.
When he left government service, he returned to Houston to begin his career in business. In the early 1980s, he started his own company, but like so many other Texas businesses at the time, he lost nearly everything when the energy and real estate markets went bust. Dewhurst gradually built back all that he had lost and more, and earned his reputation as an innovative and successful businessman.
Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst has been a longtime community leader in his hometown of Houston, where he has served on numerous civic and charitable boards. Dewhurst was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2009. Dewhurst lives in Houston with his wife, Tricia, and their young daughter Carolyn.