William Jackson Blythe, Jr., usually known as Bill Blythe or William Blythe (born August 15, 1935), is a real estate broker in Houston, Texas, and a Republican former member of the Texas House of Representatives for Harris County. His legislative service in the former District 22-3, subsequently District 91, extended from 1971 to 1983.
William Jackson "Bill" Blythe, Jr.
|Texas State Representative |
for Districts 22-3 and 91 (Harris County)
|Preceded by||Cletus A. "Cowboy" Davis (District 22-3)|
|Succeeded by||Edwin L. "Lanny" Hall (District 91; shifted to Fort Worth)|
|Born||August 15, 1935|
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
|Spouse(s)||(1) Divorced from Charlene Cotton Blythe|
(2) Adell M. "Dell" Blythe
|Children||From first marriage:|
Ashley Chastain Blythe Zachry
|Residence||Houston, Harris County|
|Alma mater||University of Texas at Austin|
London School of Economics
A sixth generation Texan, Blythe was born in San Antonio to William Blythe, Sr. (1907–2004), a native of Fordyce in Dallas County in southern Arkansas and an attorney and colonel in the United States Army, stationed throughout the world during thirty-seven years of service. Colonel Blythe had been one of the trainers of the Green Berets. Blythe's mother is the former Bess Tyson of the Elkins Lake community near Huntsville in Walker County in East Texas, later of Houston. Her parents were Thomas Brown Tyson and the former Fannie Rose Robinson of San Jacinto County, Texas. Bess Blythe's forebears were among the founders of the Republic of Texas.
Blythe earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in general business from the University of Texas at Austin. He also studied economics and political science at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, Virginia. and the London School of Economics in London, England. Blythe served for eight years in the United States Army, both active and reserve duty. He retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel from the Texas State Guard. A former member of the Junior Chamber, he received that organization's Charles A. Perlitz, Jr. Memorial Award for "Leadership Training through Community Development."
In 1962, Blythe joined his father, who retired that year from the Army, in the establishment in Austin of the former William Blythe Advertising and Public Relations Company. With more than four decades in the real estate business, Blythe in 2011 was an associate with Martha Turner Properties. His experience includes commercial and residential sales, building, and developing within the Houston Metropolitan Area.
From his first marriage to the former Charlene Cotton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Cotton of New Waverly, also in Walker County, Texas, Blythe has two daughters, Alison Robinson Blythe and Ashley Chastain Blythe Zachry, son-in-law, Josh Zachry, and grandsons, Davis Blythe Zachry, Beau Patrick Zachry, Tyson Wallace Zachry, and Hudson Clinton Zachry. After his divorce, Blythe married Adell M. "Dell" Blythe and acquired a stepdaughter, Paige Griffin. Blythe is a member of the associate vestry at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Houston.
Blythe was elected to the House in 1970 though the top statewide Republican candidates that year, George Herbert Walker Bush and Paul Eggers lost their races for the U.S. Senate and governor of Texas, respectively, to Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr., of Houston and Preston Smith of Lubbock. As a House member, Blythe authored legislation creating the Texas State Pension Review Board. He served on the pension board 1979 to 1991. He also wrote the Texas Crime Victims Act and the law establishing the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District. He cdo-authored revisions to the Texas Mass Transit Authority Act for the Houston and San Antonio metropolitan areas. He was a founding member and for fourteen years, he was the executive director of the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems. Blythe is a director of the Texas Hedge Fund Association, established in 2002. He is a founding member of the National Society of Pension Professionals.
In 1982, Blythe ran unsuccessfully in the Republican primary against freshman State Senator J. E. "Buster" Brown of Lake Jackson. Reflecting on that campaign, Brown said that the two disagreed on few issues but that the race became personally divisive.
- "W. J. "Bill" Blythe, Jr". lrl.state.tx.us. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
- "Bill Blythe, Realtor". har.com. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
- Obituary of William J. Blythe, Sr., Houston Chronicle, April 15, 2004
- "William Blythe". spoke.com. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
- "Blythe Zachry Wedding". Huntsville Item, Huntsville, Texas, October 13, 2006. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
- "Morgan Smith, "Primary Races Tend to Be Bloody," November 3, 2009". texastribune.org. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
Cletus A. "Cowboy" Davis (District 22-3)
| Texas State Representative from Harris County
William Jackson "Bill" Blythe, Jr.
Edwin L. "Lanny" Hall (District 91, shifted to Fort Worth)