D. Bryan Hughes

Bryan Hughes is a lifelong Texan and the first member of his family to receive a bachelor’s degree. He attended Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler, receiving his B.B.A. in Economics, cum laude, in 1992. He received his law degree in 1995 from Baylor University and then served as a law clerk to the Hon. William M. Steger in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Since entering private law practice in 1997, he has focused on civil litigation as well as advising and representing entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes.

In 2002, Bryan was elected to represent District Five in the Texas House of Representatives, where he sat on the House Committee on Appropriations, the House Judiciary Committee, as well as the House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues.

Bryan was chosen as the Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year in 2008 and was honored by the Judges of Texas with the Friend of the Judiciary Award in 2014. Bryan has also received numerous awards for his work in the Legislature.

Elected to the Texas Senate in 2016, Bryan currently represents the 800,000 people of Senate District One in northeast Texas. He is Chairman of the Committee on State Affairs, Chairman of the Committee on Administration, and a member of the Committees on Education, Criminal Justice, and Natural Resources & Economic Development. In addition, Bryan is a trained Texas Mediator and a Fellow of the Texas Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution.

In his time away from the Senate and Franklin Scott Conway, you can find Bryan involved with his church, playing his guitar, and brushing up on Texas and U.S. history.

  • Baylor Law School, J.D.
  • University of Texas at Tyler, BBA
  • Tyler Junior College


  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Chairman, Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs (2019-Present)
  • Community Partner of the Year, Tyler Independent School District (2019)
  • Friend of the Judiciary Award, Judges of the State of Texas (2014-2015)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Texas at Tyler (2013)
  • Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year (2008)
  • Certified Texas Mediator