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Hugh Q. Parmer
Texas State Senator from District 12 (Tarrant County)
In office
Preceded byBetty Andujar
Succeeded byMike Moncrief
Texas Senate President Pro Tempore
In office
Preceded byCraig Anthony Washington
Succeeded byBob McFarland
Texas State Representative from then District 60-3 (Tarrant County)
In office
Preceded byDon Kennard
Succeeded byW. C. "Bud" Sherman
36th Mayor of Fort Worth
In office
April 5, 1977[1] – May 1, 1979[1]
Preceded byClif Overcash
Succeeded byWoodie Woods
Personal details
Born (1939-08-03) August 3, 1939 (age 80)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Evelyn G. Parmer
ResidenceFort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas
Alma materPolytechnic High School

Yale University

University of Texas at Arlington
OccupationAttorney; Businessman; Humanitarian Executive; University Adjunct Professor

Hugh Quay Parmer (born August 3, 1939)[2] is an attorney, University professor, former international humanitarian executive, and a Democratic politician in Fort Worth, Texas. He served in both houses of the Texas State Legislature, on the Fort Worth City Council, and as mayor of Fort Worth. Parmer also served as Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development and Chief of the Humanitarian Response Bureau under the Agency where he was responsible for emergency U. S. response to over 80 declared disasters both natural and man-made around the world. He followed that with seven years as president and CEO of the American Refugee Committee, a U. S. based humanitarian relief organization with 2000 employees in 14 disaster and conflict impacted nations around the world.

Early years

In 1957, Parmer graduated from Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth. In 2009, he was inducted into "Wall of Fame" by the Fort Worth Independent School District, the governing board of Fort Worth public schools.[3] Parmer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and a master's degree in Political Science from University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas. He headed the Parmer Marketing Company, Inc., from 1969 to 1988.[4]

Political career

At the age of twenty-three, Parmer served as the youngest legislator in the Texas House of Representatives for a single term from 1963 to 1965. Thereafter, he was elected to the Fort Worth City Council in 1975 and became mayor of Fort Worth in 1977, a post he held for two years until his defeat in 1979 in a heated contest with Woodie Woods.[5]

Parmer was then elected as a state senator in 1982, where he defeated Andy Andujar, the husband of State Senator Betty Andujar, the first Republican woman to serve in the state Senate.[6] Parmer served on the Senate committees of (1) State Affairs, (2) Health and Human Resources, (3) Chairman of Intergovernmental Relations, (4) Chaired the Special Senate Committee on Hunger in Texas in 1985, and (5) Chair of Democratic Caucus of Senate in 1987.[7] In 1989, Parmer was one of five senators to serve as the President Pro Tempore, having preceded in that position his regional colleague, Bob McFarland of Arlington.[8]

In the U.S. Senate race in 1990, Parmer polled 1,429,986 votes (37.4 percent), but Gramm prevailed, 2,302,357 (60.2 percent).

In 1988, at the age of forty-nine, Parmer was admitted to the practice of law in Texas.[9] He took and passed the State Bar Exam without attending law school under an old state law permitting the substitution of years of legislative service for law school hours. From 1991 to 1998, Parmer was the managing shareholder of the law firm Parmer, Archer, Young and Steen.[4]

Parmer ran unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives. In 1984, as a freshman state senator, he lost the Democratic nomination in District 6 to former State Representative Dan Kubiak of Rockdale. Kubiak was then defeated by Republican Joe Barton, who has held the seat since that time. Barton succeeded the Democrat-turned-Republican Phil Gramm, who was first elected to the U.S. Senate that year over fellow Republicans Ron Paul and Henry C. Grover and the Democratic State Senator Lloyd Doggett of Austin.[2] In 1996, as the Democratic nominee in District 12, Parmer polled 41 percent of the vote against the Republican Kay Granger, also a former mayor of Fort Worth.[2]

Humanitarian career

In 1998 Parmer was appointed by U.S.President Bill Clinton as the Assistant Administrator of the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in charge of the Bureau of Humanitarian Response.[10] Parmer was unanimously confirmed for the post by the Republican controlled U. S. Senate. During his tenure at USAID, Parmer was largely responsible for U.S. humanitarian operations during the Kosovo War. After the election of President George W. Bush in 2000, Parmer was selected as president[11] of the American Refugee Committee, an international humanitarian relief organization with programs in 14 conflict impacted countries around the world. In 2008, he was elected to the board of directors of Interaction, the largest association of U. S. based private relief and development organizations.

Recent Activities

In 2008, Parmer was named a research fellow at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, formerly the Humphrey Institute, named for former Vice President of the United States Hubert H. Humphrey, and located at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he explored issues relating to disaster relief.[12]

Parmer is currently an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He teaches senior undergraduate and graduate seminars in International Aid, Humanitarian Intervention and Refugee Affairs.

In 2010, Parmer's political involvement included donations to defeated U.S. Representatives Chet Edwards of Texas, another former political rival of Phil Gramm's, and Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota. In 2008, he contributed to the then U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.[12]


  1. ^ a b "City of Fort Worth Mayors and Council Members 1967 - Present" (PDF). Tarrant County, Texas E-archives. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-11.
  2. ^ a b c "Hugh Parmer". Retrieved September 12, 2011.
  3. ^ "FWISD ANNOUNCES NEWEST MEMBERS OF "WALL OF FAME", November 4, 2009". Retrieved September 12, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Hugh Parmer, Former U.S. Humanitarian Aid Official, Named American Refugee Committee President, February 5, 2002". Retrieved September 12, 2011.
  5. ^ "Anna M. Tinsley, "Price and Lane head into runoff for Fort Worth mayor", May 15, 2011". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
  6. ^ "Cindy Rugeley, "GOP takes Tarrant as stronghold; More Democrats switching parties"". Houston Chronicle, February 4, 1990. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
  7. ^ "Senator Hugh Parmer". Retrieved September 12, 2011.
  8. ^ List of Presidents pro tempore of the Texas Senate
  9. ^ "Hugh Q. Parmer". Retrieved September 12, 2011.
  11. ^ Refugee Committee, American (February 5, 2002). "Hugh Parmer, Former U.S. Humanitarian Aid Official, Named American Refugee Committee President". Charity Wire.
  12. ^ "Addressing gender diversity on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals". Retrieved September 12, 2011.
Preceded by
Betty Andujar
Texas State Senator from District 12 (Tarrant County)

Hugh Q. Parmer

Succeeded by
Mike Moncrief
Preceded by
Craig Anthony Washington
Texas State Senate President Pro Tempore

Hugh Q. Parmer

Succeeded by
Bob McFarland
Preceded by
Don Kennard
Texas State Representative from District 60-3 (Tarrant County)

Hugh Q. Parmer

Succeeded by
W. C. "Bud" Sherman
Preceded by
Clif Overcash
Mayor of Fort Worth, Texas
Succeeded by
Woodie Woods
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