On Tuesday, the Texas Senate voted unanimously to make Chuck Norris an honorary Texan. We’re not sure why this didn’t happen sooner. Born in Oklahoma, Chuck was presented with the Senate Gavel used to pass Bill SR 569 in his honor. He was also given a flag that had flown over the Alamo. After the ceremony, Chuck chatted and posed for photos with senators.
Chuck Lindell of the American-Statesman notes that Chuck Norris, “was going to be the fifth face on Mount Rushmore, but granite wasn’t strong enough to depict him.”
Chuck is an American martial artist, actor, film producer, author, and entrepreneur. He’s also an Air Force Veteran and an outspoken conservative and Christian. Chuck founded his own school of martial arts, called Chun Kuk Do, a Korean-American hybrid style. He’s also the founder of the United Fighting Arts Federation.
You’ll probably also remember from a January The Pink Armadillo article, that Chuck recently unleashed an unlimited source of power in Navasota.
Chuck is best known for portraying Walker, Texas Ranger on television from 1993 until 2001. Memes extolling Chuck’s toughness have been a running internet joke for several years.
But Chuck is also a philanthropist. He and his wife Gena launched Kickstart Kids, which operates programs in 50 schools in the Greater Houston, Dallas, Galveston, Linden-Kildare, and Austin areas. Since the charity’s inception, they’ve served over 85,000 children. During the 2016-2017 semester, they’re serving around 8,500 Texas kids.
The goal of Kickstart Kids is to use karate as a way to build a relationship with kids and get them involved in something positive and bigger than themselves. In so doing, Kickstart Kids helps empower kids, boost their self-esteem, and keep them out of drugs and away from gang lifestyles. As a result, kids are more likely to stay in school where they can learn, grow, and have a shot at their dreams.
So yeah. If you thought all those memes were exaggerating, be advised that Chuck Norris really is a superhero.
So Chuck, if you’re reading this, HOWDY! We already thought of you as a Texan but we’re glad the Texas Senate saw fit to make it official.