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"Don" McLeroy (born June 3, 1946) is a dentist in Bryan, Texas and
a departing Republican member of the Texas State Board of
Education, which establishes policy for the Texas public school
system. Dr. McLeroy, who represents SBOE District 9 (Bryan-College
Station), has been on the board since 1998. McLeroy was appointed
Chair of the SBOE by Governor Rick Perry in 2007 to a term running
to February 2009. Governor Perry reappointed McLeroy, an advocate
of creationism, as Chairman to a second term to last until February
1, 2011, but on May 28, 2009, the Texas Senate rejected the
re-appointment; although the vote was 19-11 in favor with one
member abstaining (along party lines; all 19 Senate members voting
to reappoint were Republicans, while all 11 Senate members voting
to reject and the one abstaining member were Democrats) the
reappointment required a 2/3 majority for approval. McLeroy lost
re-election to a moderate in the Republican primary in March 2010.
McLeroy was narrowly defeated for renomination to the SBOE in the
March 2 Republican primary. He lost to Robert Thomas Ratliff (born
ca. 1967) of Kyle in Hays County, a son of former State Senator and
Lieutenant Governor Bill Ratliff of Mount Pleasant. McLeroy
received 57,528 votes (49.6 percent) to Ratliff's 58,388 (50.4
percent). McLeroy received a Bachelor of Science degree in
Electrical Engineering from Texas A
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