Remembering Steve J. Bratkaby Representative Marc A. Veasey
Posted on 2015-01-22
VEASEY asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. VEASEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commemorate the loss of a
dear friend, Steve Bratka, past president of the Tarrrant County
Mr. Bratka was studying at the University of Nebraska, where he developed a passion to work in the railroad industry.
Over 40 years, Mr. Bratka held several leadership positions and was promoted into the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in 1975.
In 1991, Steve relocated to Fort Worth, where he served as vice chairman until he retired.
[[Page H485]] He was very engaged in the community. As one of the founding members of the Texas Stonewall Democrats, Mr. Bratka inspired colleagues to run for local positions to improve our community.
Mr. Bratka left his mark on Fort Worth by standing up for those who had no voice and mentoring dozens of local chairmen to help them become qualified representatives.
Mr. Bratka is survived by his husband, Tim; sister, Connie Benjamin; brother, Lex Bratka, and his wife, Patty Burwell; four nieces; and eight great-nieces and -nephews.
Mr. Bratka's leadership and legacy in the Fort Worth community will be celebrated this Saturday at the Southside Preservation Hall.
Mr. Bratka was a great guy to everyone who knew him, and everyone is sad for his loss but remember him fondly for just being a great person.