James Jarrell Pickle
James Jarrell “Jake” Pickle (born October 11, 1913) was a United States Representative from the 10th congressional district of Texas from 1963 to 1995.
Pickle was born in Big Spring, Texas. He was a proud Eagle Scout. He attended the public schools in Big Spring and received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin where he was the student body president as a senior and a member of the 1934 Southwest Conference championship swimming team. He served in the United States Navy for three and a half years (1938-1941).
Pickle was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-eighth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Homer Thornberry, He was reelected to the fifteen succeeding Congresses (December 21, 1963-January 3, 1995) before retiring.
He had a "Jake Pickle" Day dedicated to him in Roscoe, Texas in March, 1995.
Read the House Resolution No. 363 below for more information on this great public servant. Mr. Pickle passed away in June of 2005. See the "In Memory" page below for a great article that ran that month in the Austin American Statesman.
H.R. No. 363 RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, On March 18, 1995, the residents of Roscoe will celebrate J. J. "Jake" Pickle Day in honor of their beloved native son, who recently retired from the U.S. House of Representatives after more than three decades of exemplary service to the citizens of Central Texas; and
WHEREAS, James Jarrell Pickle was born in Roscoe on October 1-7 11, 1913, to J. B. and Mary Pickle; as a young man he attended The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1938 and served as student body president, demonstrating the integrity and fairness that would be his trademarks in later life;
WHEREAS, Soon after graduation, this exceptional Texan worked as an area director of the National Youth Administration until 1941; answering his nation's call to arms during World War II, he enlisted in the United States Navy and fought with honor and distinction in nine battles of the Pacific Campaign; and
WHEREAS, After his return to civilian life, he joined with a group of fellow veterans to establish KVET radio station in Austin and later built a successful career in advertising and public relations; and
WHEREAS, He began his long and distinguished record of public service in 1957, when he was named executive director of the Texas State Democratic Executive Committee, a position he held for three years; in 1961, this outstanding individual was appointed to the Texas Employment Commission by Governor Price Daniel; and
WHEREAS, He was elected to the United States Congress in 1963, where he served the citizens of District 10 with courage and compassion for 31 years; and
WHEREAS, During his 16 terms in the house of representatives, Congressman Pickle was a stalwart supporter of rural health care funding, social security reform, and pension system reform; this fine Texan played a key role in national trade, tax, and health care legislation as a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, and he also served as chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee and the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee; and
WHEREAS, He was instrumental in making Austin an international center for high-technology research and development and recently was recognized for those efforts by The University of Texas at Austin, which renamed a world-class research facility in his honor; Congressman Pickle also took action to protect Austin's unique natural heritage and its many endangered species, securing funds for the Balcones National Wildlife Refuge, helping to establish flood control and soil conservation programs, and supporting alternative energy research; and
WHEREAS, In addition to his impressive record as a public servant, Jake Pickle is a devoted family man who enjoys a successful marriage with his wife of many years, Beryl, and who takes great pride in the accomplishments of his three children, Peggy, Dick, and Graham; and
WHEREAS, The accomplishments of this remarkable lawmaker have improved and enriched the lives of citizens throughout the State of Texas and are indeed deserving of special recognition and thanks; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 74th Texas Legislature hereby join with the residents of Roscoe in commending J. J. "Jake" Pickle for his 31 years of exemplary service to Texas as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and extend to him and to his wife, Beryl, warmest best wishes for a happy retirement; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for Congressman Pickle as an expression of highest esteem by the Texas House of Representatives.
In Memory - J.J. 'JAKE' PICKLE: 1913-2005 Austin American Statesman