Kent Ronald Hance is an American politician and lawyer who is the former Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System. In his role, he oversaw Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. He is also a lobbyist and lawyer who was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from West Texas, having served from 1979 to 1985. After his congressional service, he switched to the Republican Party and in 1990 ran for governor of Texas, losing in the primary election. In 2006, Hance was chosen as the third chancellor to succeed David Smith as the chancellor of the Texas Tech University System in Lubbock. He is taking a leave of absence from his Austin law firm Hance Scarborough, LLP but continues to sit on profit and nonprofit boards and commissions while at the helm of Texas Tech.
|Born:||Kent Ronald Hance, Nov 14, 1942, Dimmitt, Texas, U.S.|
|Political party:||Republican (since 1985), Democratic (until 1985)|
|Education:||Texas Tech University (B.B.A.), University of Texas Law School (J.D.)|
About Kent Hance
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, this Texas politician served his state's nineteenth district in the United States House of Representatives. Two decades after leaving that office, he became the Chancellor of Texas Tech University.
After earning a business degree from Texas Tech University, he graduated from the University of Texas School of Law and subsequently served in the Texas State Senate.
During his time in Congress, he was a member of the Democratic Party; however, in 1985, he allied himself with the Republican Party.
He was born and raised in Castro County in Northwest Texas.
During his time in the U.S. Congress, he was a proponent of then-President Ronald Reagan's landmark 1981 tax cut.
Latest information about Kent Hance updated on May 25, 2020.