To install click the Add extension button. That's it.

The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple. You could also do it yourself at any point in time.

Kelly Slayton
Congratulations on this excellent venture… what a great idea!
Alexander Grigorievskiy
I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like.
Live Statistics
English Articles
Improved in 24 Hours
Added in 24 Hours
Show all languages
What we do. Every page goes through several hundred of perfecting techniques; in live mode. Quite the same Wikipedia. Just better.

Bill Sarpalius

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bill Sarpalius
Bill Sarpalius.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 13th district
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byBeau Boulter
Succeeded byMac Thornberry
Member of the Texas Senate
from the 31st district
In office
January 13, 1981 – January 3, 1989
Preceded byBob Price
Succeeded byTeel Bivins
Personal details
William Clarence Sarpalius

(1948-01-10) January 10, 1948 (age 73)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Jenny Barnett Sarpalius
ChildrenDavid William Sarpalius
Alma materClarendon College
Texas Tech University
West Texas A&M University
OccupationBusinessman; Lobbyist

William Clarence Sarpalius (/sɑːrˈpɔːləs/; born January 10, 1948) is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, who from 1989 to 1995 represented Texas's 13th congressional district, a large tract of land which includes the Texas Panhandle eastward to Wichita Falls, Texas.

Sarpalius was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] As a young boy, he, his two younger brothers, and their mother were homeless in Houston, Texas. In 1961, when he was thirteen, he and his brothers were placed at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch near Amarillo. By the time he was nineteen, Sarpalius was the state president of the Future Farmers of America. He first attended Clarendon College in Clarendon in Donley County. He subsequently received a Bachelor of Science degree in agribusiness from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, from which he was later named a distinguished alumnus. In 1972, Sarpalius was hired by Cal Farley's Ranch as a vocational agriculture teacher at the school. In 1978, he left the ranch to return to school and received an M.B.A. from West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas. He then launched a career in agribusiness. He has a son, David William Sarpalius, from a former marriage. Sarpalius is Roman Catholic and affiliated with Lions International.

In 1980, Sarpalius successfully ran for a seat in the Texas State Senate, a body in which he served until 1989. He was elected in 1988 to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was a member of the Agricultural Committee. Sarpalius was one of a number of congressman involved in drafting the guidelines of the North American Free Trade Agreement. As a Lithuanian American, Sarpalius called for American aid to Lithuania, which was occupied by the Soviet Union and then reclaimed its independence at the end of the Cold War. In 1998, he was awarded the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, "the highest award and recognition that Lithuania could give to a noncitizen by the President of Lithuania."

"The president said some very nice things about my efforts in helping the Lithuanian people in their fight for freedom. He told the crowd about President Landsbergis's visit to my office that night in 1989 and the vision that he had shared with me. He acknowledged the members of Congress who had worked tirelessly to help the tiny Baltic states gain their freedom from the Soviet Union."[2]

Sarpalius gained a second term in the House in 1990, when he defeated the Republican State Representative Richard A. Waterfield of Canadian in Hemphill County, who resigned from the legislature to make the congressional race. In 1992, Sarpalius halted the bid to return to Congress waged by former Republican U.S. Representative Beau Boulter of Amarillo, who vacated the House seat in 1988, when he waged a failed campaign to oust Democratic U.S. Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen.

In 1994, Sarpalius was one of a large number of Democrats unseated in the Republican Revolution. He lost to former Reagan administration official Mac Thornberry, taking only 45 percent of the vote to Thornberry's 55 percent. Thornberry would go on to hold the seat for almost a quarter-century. Since Sarpalius left office, the Democrats have only crossed the 30 percent mark in the district three times.

Afterwards, Sarpalius was appointed by U.S. President Bill Clinton as a top official in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is currently the chief executive officer of Advantage Associates, a powerful Washington consulting firm made up of former elected officials. After the success of his book "The Grand Duke from Boys Ranch" he became a highly sought after motivational public speaker, speaking to crowds as many as 65,000.

YouTube Encyclopedic

  • 1/1
    5 779
  • The Show With a Heart: Mutton Bustin'



  1. ^ "Bill Sarpalius", Who's Who in America, Vol. 2, 48th ed. (Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1994), p. 3019
  2. ^ Sarpalius, Bill. The Grand Duke from Boys Ranch (First ed.). College Station. ISBN 9781623496579. OCLC 1013477255.

External links

Texas Senate
Preceded by
Robert Dale "Bob" Price
Texas State Senator
from District 31

Succeeded by
Teel Bivins
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Beau Boulter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
Mac Thornberry
This page was last edited on 5 March 2021, at 21:39
Basis of this page is in Wikipedia. Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License. Non-text media are available under their specified licenses. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. WIKI 2 is an independent company and has no affiliation with Wikimedia Foundation.