Cecil Bell, Jr. is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 3. He represents Waller County and Montgomery County in suburban Houston, Texas.
As a result of redistricting in 2011, District 3 was moved from northwest Texas to northwest Houston. On May 29, 2012, Rep. Cecil Bell, Jr. the first state representative for newly-formed District 3. Rep. Bell has served in the 83rd and 84th Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Bell is a sixth generation Texan whose family has been in the State of Texas since 1852. The oldest of three siblings, Rep. Bell was born in Rosenberg but raised all across Texas.
A 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist for the Southwest Region, Rep. Bell serves as the CEO of six active enterprises, providing clients with a variety of services and creating jobs for Texans. Driven by his strong entrepreneurial nature, Rep. Bell has been self-employed at B-5 Construction Co., Inc. since 1983, constructing water and wastewater treatment facilities. Tejas Underground Utilities, incorporated in 1997, provides installation of underground utilities.
Rep. Bell’s support for the future of our community and willingness to volunteer his personal time and resources can be seen in his community service. He has served as the Chairman of the Greater Magnolia Economic Development Partnership and President of the Magnolia ISD School Board of Trustees. He is a charter member of the local rotary and also supports his local FFA, youth clubs, area churches and community organizations.
Rep. Bell remains Chairman of the Montgomery County Pct. 5 TCLEOSE Training Facility and serves as a Major in the Engineering Group of the Texas State Guard. As a Life Member of the NRA and the TSRA, Rep. Bell believes in our 2nd Amendment right to have and bear arms.
Rep. Bell’s cow/calf ranching operations, located in Leon and Freestone Counties, demonstrate his personal commitment to his Texas heritage and to agriculture in Texas.
In recognition of his efforts to advance, support, and vote for conservative policy positions in the 83rd Texas Legislature, Rep. Bell earned the Courageous Conservative Award from the Texas Conservative Coalition, the Lone Star Conservative Leader Award from the Texas Conservative Roundtable, and was named the Voice of the Conservative Vote by Texas GOP Vote. He was named a Champion of Free Enterprise by the Texas Business Association and a Guardian of Business by the National Federation of Independent Businesses
In January 2015, Rep. Bell introduced legislation, House Bill 623, which eliminates the salary, pension, and other benefits from any Texas state employee who issues a same-sex marriage license. The bill includes a provision which immunizes Texas from legal action challenging the proposed law by mandating that state courts dismiss any such challenges and award court costs and attorney’s fees to the state.
Bell is an advocate of expanding career and technology training at public high schools so that interested, motivated students can enter the job market without following the college or university route, for which they may be unsuited.
Rep. Bell met his high school sweetheart and now-wife, Jo Ann, at the 1979 National Meeting of the Beta Club Honor Society. The Bells moved to Magnolia in 1993. He and Jo Ann have two boys. Cecil “Trey” Bell, III is a 2010 graduate of Magnolia West High School and Charlie is a senior at Tarleton State University. The Bell family attends the Magnolia Church of Christ, where Rep. Bell served many years as a Deacon.