I was born and raised in Angelina County, and my parents were Lloyd Anderson and Vergie Lott Anderson. I grew up and attended public school in Lufkin, graduating in 1976 from Lufkin High School. I then attended Angelina College and Stephen F. Austin State University, graduating with honors in 1980. I attended law school at Texas Tech School of Law, receiving the degree of a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1983. After graduating, I came back home to open my law practice.
I married Karla Lankford in 1986, and we have two grown sons, Jacob and Lucas. Both have earned bachelor’s degrees in computer science and work as software engineers at Capital One in Plano. In addition to his degree in computer Science, Lucas also holds a master’s degree in physics.
My hobbies include golf, racquetball, tennis and snow skiing. I'm also a plant enthusiast and a weekend warrior for do-it-yourself projects.