• January 31, 2015

Ralph Sheffield republican

Ralph has deep roots in Central Texas and he has lived here his entire life. He was born in Waco, Texas and graduated from Richfield High School in 1973. For more than 30 years Ralph has been a small business owner serving Central Texans providing good jobs and supporting Central Texas's economic engine. He opened his first restaurant at the age of nineteen in 1975 and since 1982, he has owned and operated Las Casas Restaurant and Catering based in Temple.

With his beliefs of hard work, limited regulation, and fiscal discipline, Ralph was first elected to the legislature in 2008 and proudly serves on three committees in the Legislature: Vice-Chair of Veterans Affairs, Energy Resources and Rules and Resolutions. Ralph's hard work in the legislature on behalf of the military and veterans, as well as the energy sector in the state of Texas, has led him to several honors and awards.

During the 81st Legislative session Ralph was awarded, the Texas Taxpayers Advocate Award for his work on behalf of taxpayers and was recognized as a "Champion for Free Enterprise" by the Texas Association of Business, the highest honor given by the organization. More recently he has been endorsed by Texas Alliance for Life, Texas Right to Life, Texans for Law Suit Reform, National Rifle Association, National Federation Independent Business, Texas Realtors Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Conservative Coalition, Texas Restaurant Association, Temple Area Home Builders Association, and the Texas Association of Business. Additionally Ralph has been awarded "The Freedom Fighter Award" from the Texas Association of Business, Texas Veterans Commission Leadership Award, Taxpayers Advocate Award from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, honored by the Central Texas Family Violence Task Force for fighting against domestic violence, and has been inducted to the Texas Restaurant Association Hall of Fame.

Ralph's business leadership includes service as a member of the Temple, Belton, Harker Heights, and Killeen Chambers of Commerce, the Temple Business league, Texas Association of Business, and National Federation of Independent Business. Ralph is also a member of the Texas Restaurant Association, Texas Farm Bureau, Association of the U.S. Army, the SPJST, and the Temple Area Home Builders Association.

Ralph's civic involvement extends statewide. He served as President of the Texas Restaurant Association from 2002-2003 and represented over five thousand restaurant owners in Austin to advocate for less government and fewer government intrusions into small business. He was named the "Small Businessman of the Year" by the Small Business Administration, and also served as Chairman of the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation.

Ralph and his wife Debbie have deep ties to Bell County where they have built a business and raised four, now adult, children-- Ashley, Adrienne, Josh, and Ben. They have made great contributions to many Bell County charitable and civic organizations, both as board members and financial supporters.

Both Ralph and Debbie attend the First United Methodist Church of Temple.   -Ralph Sheffield for Texas Website

Race Information

District
Election Year
Election Level
Election Type
Result
55
2014
State
Primary
Molly S White

State Representative District 55 (REP PRIMARY) 100%

Candidates
 
Percent
Votes
53.72%
4,989
46.28%
4,298

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Killeen

City Hall, 101 N. College St., Killeen

Harker Heights

City Hall, 305 Miller's Crossing, Harker Heights

Killeen ISD

Admin Building, 201 N. W.S. Young Drive, Killeen

Central Texas College

CTC Admin Building, 108 at the campus off Clear Creak Rd., Killeen from Debbie Havens

Lampasas

City Admin Building, 312 E. Third St., Lampasas between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Lampasas ISD

Admin Building, 207 W. Eighth St., Lampasas

Belton

City Hall, 333 Water St., Belton

Salado

Village Admin Building, 301 N. Stagecoach Rd., Salado between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.