< }}” alt=”leo-berman-blog.png” width=”300″ />Although not a native Texan, Berman became a staunch defender of Texas and an ally for the TNM in our fight for Texas independence.
Daniel Miller, President of the TNM, issued this statement:
“We are going to miss Leo. He was the first ‘friend’ that we had in the Texas Legislature which brought him grief from time-to-time from those opposed to Texas independence. He was only a phone call away when we needed someone to sponsor events for us on the Capitol grounds and, while in the House, worked to help us engage with others in the Legislature. He was open to discussion but would hold ground on his principles. He will be missed.”
Berman led a truly Texan life. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Departmental Distinction from Southern Methodist University. He graduated first in his class in the U.S. Army Field Artillery School Officer Candidate School and was inducted into the OCS Hall of Fame in 2008.
Mr. Berman reached the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army with 22 years of service including duty assignments in Germany, two tours in Vietnam and three years as a U.S. Army liaison to Congress. He was awarded three Bronze Stars and nine Air Medals. In 2009, he was promoted to colonel in the Texas State Guard and awarded the Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal.
After retiring from the military, he settled in Texas. While residing in Arlington, he was a member of the city council 1979–1985.
Mr. Berman was a retired public affairs executive for Sun Exploration and Production Company.
Representing District 6, Mr. Berman served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1999-2012.
He is survived by his wife, Lou Ann Berman, five children, seven grandchildren, three great-grandsons, one sister and two brothers. He is predeceased by wife, Cara Sue Hughey Berman.
Funeral services are pending with Christ Episcopal Church.