“Representative democracy and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty. Without them we have no other fortification against being ridden like horses, fleeced like sheep, worked like cattle and fed and clothed like swine and hounds.”
– John Adams
Bryan Hughes is a lifelong Texan and the first member of his family to receive a bachelor’s degree. He attended Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler, receiving his BBA in Economics, cum laude, in 1992. He received his law degree in 1995 from Baylor University and then served as a law clerk to the Honorable William M. Steger in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Since entering private law practice in 1997, he has focused on civil litigation as well as advising and representing entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes.
In 2002, Bryan was elected to represent District Five in the Texas House of Representatives, where he worked for the people of Camp, Morris, Rains, Smith, Titus, and Wood Counties and sat on the House Committee on Appropriations, the House Judiciary Committee, as well as the House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues.
In 2016, Bryan was elected to the Texas Senate, where he currently represents the 800,000 people of Senate District One in Northeast Texas. He is Chairman of the Committee on State Affairs, Chairman of the Committee on Administration, and a member of the Committees on Education, Criminal Justice, and Natural Resources & Economic Development.
Bryan was chosen as the Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year in 2008, and was honored by the Judges of Texas with the Friend of the Judiciary Award in 2014. Bryan has also received numerous awards for his work in the Legislature including Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Legislator of the Year, Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas’s Visionary Leadership Award, and the Defender of the American Dream from Americans for Prosperity.
Bryan is a trained Texas Mediator and a Fellow of the Texas Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bryan is active in his local church, involved with various civic organizations, and a frequent speaker at community and charity events.