George Strait Recognized at Texas Legislative Conference as 'Texan of the Year'

March 26, 2018

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George Strait was recognized as "Texan of the Year" at the Texas Legislative Conference at the 52nd annual statewide forum on March 23.

The king of country accepted the honor in person and was joined by former U.S. Presidents, Senators, Congressman, Governors, and more.

“I’m so proud to have grown up in the great state of Texas and so proud to be here today to accept this unbelievable honor,” shared Strait.

“Texas is a big place filled with amazingly talented, smart people. How’d I end up here?” a humbled Strait asked the crowd. “Last year was a tough one for our great state. We’re still continuing to recover and with the help of the many loyal, kindhearted Texans, we will get these communities back on their feet again. It’s never surprising, but always amazing how in times of need, how generous the American people can be.” 

Strait continued, “I’ve had a great career and always been supported by the people here in Texas. This great honor is the tip top of my list.”

Strait follows previous honorees as Texan of the Year including George W. Bush and George H. W. Bush.

The country icon has made many contributions to the state of Texas over the years, especially with his "Hand in Hand" Texas benefit concert and telethon.

The fundraiser, which was held at The Majestic Theater in San Antonio in September of 2017, raised over $22 million which was put towards hurricane recovery. The event featured guests including Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, and more.

Congratulations, George Strait!