Allen Vaught was first elected to the Texas Legislature in 2006. He represents House District 107, which is located in east Dallas and includes Lakewood and parts of Lake Highlands, Garland, and Mesquite.
Allen is vice chairman of the House Committee on Defense & Veterans’ Affairs and also serves on the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence.
After growing up on a ranch west of Fort Worth in Wise County, Allen graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1990, and graduated from Baylor University in 1995 with a B.B.A. in accounting. He obtained his law degree from the South Texas College of Law in 1997 . Allen is a native Texan and the great-great-great-grandson of Sergeant Andrew Myers, a German immigrant who served in the 6th U.S. Cavalry, U.S. Army at Fort Richardson, Texas and then homesteaded in Jack and Wise Counties in the 1870s.
As a lawyer and a soldier, Allen has spent his life fighting to protect the rights and freedoms of others. He takes that same common sense, compassion, and determination to Austin in representing all of the citizens of District 107.
Allen is the managing attorney of the Dallas office of Franklin, Cardwell, & Jones, P.C., and has a diverse practice which ranges from defending doctors in medical malpractice cases to representing cancer victims in environmental toxin cases. Allen was himself a roughneck on drilling rigs in the early 1990’s while working to pay for college, and his family has a long history of working in the oilfields of north Texas. So it is with much pride that he fights for oilfield workers today.
Allen attended the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, NC, graduating in 2001. Allen served in Iraq from April 2003 to March 2004. He commanded one of the first units to enter Fallujah.
After six months of operations in Fallujah while under fire from insurgents, Allen was transferred to Sadr City, Baghdad. While there, Allen’s convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device and small arms ambush. His back was fractured. Allen was awarded the Purple Heart for his injuries and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Reserve. In addition, Allen was awarded the Combat Action Badge, Valorous Unit Award and numerous other awards for his service. Allen’s service in Fallujah will be highlighted in an upcoming documentary called Road to Fallujah, which is set for release in the fall of 2008..
Allen and his wife Donna, son Jonathan and daughter Morgan, along with Golden Retrievers Scout and Ranger, live in Lakewood Heights in Dallas.
PO Box 140248
Dallas, Texas 75214