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Posted on: August 2, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Fighting the Good Fight

Chris Hanie

Chris HanieIt was that rodeo life where he rode bulls and bareback horses. It didn’t pay much, so he would work all sorts of odd jobs to make ends meet so he could continue doing what he loved.

“I didn’t have a family; I was just drifting,” said Chris.

He jokes that he finally ran out of money here in West Texas and put down some roots. Chris has been married now for 15 years, with five kids and six grandkids. He is passionate about his family and faith.

“Most cowboys love God, our state, and country. We’re built around family,” said Chris.

In case you don’t know, being a Council Member is a labor of love. They get paid $10 a meeting and dedicate countless hours to working to make a difference in Odessa.

“We’re trying to create an atmosphere where things are done right, by the law. A city based on honesty,” said Chris. “Bringing light to the darkness!”

Chris attends Odessa Christian Faith Center and is very involved. While things have changed dramatically from his past, he still has some physical scars. This cowboy has a rod in one leg and screws in another leg. He broke pretty much everyone bone in his body. That doesn’t seem to phase him; he keeps fighting the good fight!

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