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About Ruben W. Hope, Jr.

Ruben HopeRuben W. Hope was born on May 8, 1937, and raised in Houston, Texas. He graduated from John H. Reagan High School and attended The University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with a BA Degree in 1959. While at the University of Texas, he met his wife, Francine, on a blind date. The two were inseparable after meeting and after two years of dating, they married and continued to live in Austin while Ruben attended law school and Francine worked for the University and the Legislature.

In 1973, Ruben moved his family to Conroe, Texas and opened Ruben Hope & Associates, practicing civil and insurance defense litigation. Ruben has had the joy of working with several prominent lawyers in Montgomery County, Texas, and has appreciated their friendship and loyalty throughout the years. In 1989, Ruben partnered with John Causey and the firm changed to Hope and Causey, P.C., which continues today. Ruben was Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, was a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and member of the National Board of Trial Advocacy and Defense Research Institute. During his career, Ruben tried over 200 cases to jury verdicts and handled appeals before the Texas Supreme Court. He was appointed to the State Bar Grievance Committee, where he served for five years. Ruben was also recognized in May of 2012 by the State Bar of Texas for being licensed to practice law for 50 years. He was also licensed to practice in the United States Eastern and Southern Districts and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Ruben also served as President of the Montgomery County Bar Association and was voted Attorney of the Year in 1991.

Ruben also believed in giving back to the community through public service. One of Ruben’s passions was education. In that regard, Ruben became a member of the Board of Trustees for the Conroe Independent School District, also holding the position of Vice President. Ruben also felt a higher calling to serve his community as State Representative from 1999-2006. During this time, Ruben was a member and Majority Leader for the Texas House of Representatives, served on the Natural Resources Committee as Chair of Budget and Oversight, and also served on the Appropriations, Civil Practices and Select Committee on Public School Finance. During his time in the Legislature, Ruben was instrumental in the creation of an additional County Court at Law for Montgomery County, Texas and the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District; among several other bills that became law.

Ruben also served on various committees and organizations including President of the Committee for the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center; Lifetime Committeeman for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; District Chairman & Troop Leader for the Sam Houston Area Boy Scouts; Advisory Board for the Montgomery County Fair Association; President & Coach for the Conroe Area Youth Baseball League; Director & Coach for the Oak Ridge Little League; Director of the Montgomery County Community Foundation; President of the Conroe High School Athletic Booster Club; President of the Conroe Evening Lions Club; Member of the Montgomery County Master Gardener and Texas Longhorn Foundation Member.

Mr. Ruben Hope passed away July 3, 2015, in Conroe, Texas at the age of 78.