County in support of renaming SH35 in honor of Uher

 

Matagorda County officials joined in with Bay City council in its support to rename State Highway 35 as the Tom Uher Memorial Highway.

Commissioners approved a resolution calling the name change within Matagorda County.

“We have a request from state legislators, citizens and Bay City Council members to see this designation,” said Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald. “We can only request that the state look into this request as they can only decided to designate it if they choose to.”

The resolution stated, “through his steadfast dedication to public service, Tom Uher made a lasting, positive impact in the lives of innumerable Texans and his contributions will be remembered for years to come. The Texas Legislature has the ability to concurrently designate portions of state highways in certain counties as ‘Memorial Highways’ by amending Chapter 225 of the Texas Transportation Code and a concurrent memorial highway designation of State Highway 35 within the boundaries of Matagorda County would further embody the legacy of D.R. “Tom” Uher to the people of the state of Texas.”

Last month, Bay City Council voted unanimously to change the name of Texas Highway 35, within the city limits of Bay City, to honor D.R. Tom Uher.

Bay City Mayor Mark Bricker placed the item to honor Uher, who died March 9. 

Uher served Bay City as a Texas state representative and served as speaker pro tempore. He represented Brazoria, Matagorda and Wharton counties for 35 years. He took special pride in the passage of a bill he authored that allowed M.D. Anderson Cancer Center patients access to care without referrals.

In support of this resolution, council also discussed hosting a ceremony to dedicate the renaming of the State Highway and hosting a reception following as well.

 “Bay City has lost a great man, a friend of many, a hero of mine,” said Bay City Mayor Mark Bricker. “Words cannot describe the impact he has had on my life. I will always be thankful and I will strive to help others as he has helped me. Bay City lost a good man, he will be missed.”

Uher earned his first term in the House of Representatives in 1967 after winning a special election runoff. During his long tenure in office, Uher became known as “The Great American.”

“He was just a wonderful man and a good lawyer and great public servant,” said Charles Soechting, a close friend of Uher. “Tom served as local counsel for many companies in the area. Tom was a very good lawyer but he was a much better Little League baseball coach. He really loved doing that.”

Uher was honored in 2006 as a Bay City ISD Distinguished Alumni.

Bricker said that Uher left a lasting impact on Bay City and the area for his service to this and many other communities.

Uher was a graduate of Bay City in 1956 and gained a degree from the University of Texas. He served in the Texas House of Representatives for Matagorda, Wharton and Brazoria counties for more than 35 years.

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