Frank Lloyd Madla, Jr.
(January 23, 1937 — November 24, 2006), was for thirty-three years a Democratic
member of both the Texas House of Representatives
and the Texas State Senate
from south San Antonio
. Madla died in a house fire in the early morning hours on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day
Born in Helotes, Texas
, Madla was initially elected to the lower house of the Texas legislature in a San Antonio-based district in 1972. He served for twenty years in the House until he was elected to the District 24, later District 19, state Senate seat, which is geographically large and stretches from San Antonio to as far west as El Paso
. (In Texas, state Senate districts are geographically and demographically larger than United States House of Representatives
In 1985, Texas Monthly
, in its biennial feature on the best and worst Texas legislators named Madla to the "Honorable Mention" category, as one of the top twenty legislators for that session.
Among the nearly seven hundred legislative bills which Madla supported that came to fruition was the establishment of the Toyota plant
in San Antonio. The first San Antonio-made Toyota Tundra
rolled off the assembly line only days before Madla's death. Madla also worked for years to establish a Texas A&M University
branch campus in south San Antonio. In 2005, the legislature passed a bill that Madla wrote which authorized the... Read More