MONTFORD, JOHN T. (1943 ~ ). John T. Montford was born June 28, 1943 in Fort Worth, Texas to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Montford. After graduating from high school in Hurst, Texas, Senator Montford attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his BA in 1965 and law degree in 1968.
During service in the U. S. Marine Corps, Senator Montford served as judge advocate, military judge and company commander. Following his discharge from active duty, Senator Montford began his private practice in Lubbock.
Montford was elected to the Texas Senate in 1982 after serving four years as Criminal District Attorney in Lubbock County. During the 69th Legislative Session, he authored the Statewide Water Package, which was overwhelmingly approved by Texas voters in November 1985.
During the 70th Legislative session, Montford authored the Civil Justice Reform Package, which passed the legislature and was signed into law by the governor. During the 71st Legislative Session, Montford authored legislation to reform the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, the insurance industry and the workers'compensation system.
Montford also served as chair of the State Affairs Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, and was a member of the Natural Resources Committee, Legislative Budget Board and Legislative Audit Committee. After serving in the Texas Senate, Senator Montford was appointed Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System.
Information taken from Texas State Cemetery file materials.