Bio: Jack Christie

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Position: Chairman, Texas state school board, 1995-present.

Age: 49

Hometown: Texas City, Texas

Education: Associate's degree in premedicine from San Jacinto College District in Pasadena, Texas, 1970; Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Texas Chiropractic College, also in Pasadena, 1970; Texas City High School, 1966.

Posts: Member, Spring Branch, Texas, school district board of trustees, 1978-84; member, State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, 1984-90; also served previously on the board of directors of the Spring Branch-Memorial Chamber of Commerce.

Personal: Married, with three children: John, 7; Katherine, 5; and Patrick, 3. His wife, Meliane Christie, was the Texas Teacher of the Year in 1985. The Christie family lives in Houston.

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