Join Us in Commemorating the Texas Ranger Bicentennial in 2023

For Immediate Release:

Public Safety Commission Resolution
Regarding Texas Ranger 2023, Inc. 

Texas' Leading Law Enforcement Organizations Come Together to Plan & Commemorate the Texas Ranger Bicentennial in 2023

The Texas Ranger Association Foundation, Texas Department of Public Safety Foundation and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, in Waco, TX are currently planning the 200th anniversary of service of the world-renowned Texas Rangers.

our Goal is to Raise $10M!

There are 4 main goals:

1. Commemorate the 200 years of service the Texas Rangers have given the citizens and the State of Texas.

A series of official events will be held statewide! Check out our calendar of events.

2. Educate the Public 

Learn who the Modern Rangers are, what they do, and why they are important. 

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3. Recruitment Opportunity for the Texas Department of Public Safety

Did you know in order to become a Texas Ranger you must first be a Texas DPS Trooper? To learn more about a career at DPS click here.

4. Raise Funds

The money raised will fund five important categories:

  • The DPS Memorial - a tribute to fallen Rangers and DPS Troopers. Learn More
  • A mobile Texas Ranger museum with approximately 1,200 sf of exhibit space. Learn More
  • The Scholarship fund for children of active Rangers. Learn More
  • The Ranger relief fund for active and retired Rangers. Learn More
  • The costs related to the events for 2023. Donate Now!

The Texas Rangers Bicentennial
1823 - 2023

“Most Texans are familiar with the expression ‘one riot, one Ranger,’ but the truth is it is going to take the collective efforts of these three official organizations – and more – to accomplish our ambitious plans for our Bicentennial Year in 2023,” said Russell Molina, chairman of the tri-foundation Texas Rangers Bicentennial Committee. “No group has a richer history and more compelling story than the Texas Rangers, but we want to be sure people understand what the modern Ranger does today – such as border security, and high-level investigations.”

The Texas Rangers have performed under five national flags: Founded under Mexico in 1823, they served the Republic of Texas 1836-1845; the new US State of Texas 1845-1861; the Confederate State of Texas 1861-1865; and as a US State again from 1870-Present. Native Americans, Tejanos, Anglo-Europeans, African Americans and Asian Americans have served in all ranks from Ranger to Chief. Women were first commissioned in the Texas DPS in 1973, and the first female was promoted as a Texas Ranger in 1993.

Since 1935, the Texas Ranger Division has been a major division within the Texas Department of Public Safety with lead criminal investigative responsibility for the following: major incident crime investigations, unsolved crime/serial crime investigations, public corruption and public integrity investigations, officer involved shooting investigations, and border security operations. It is comprised of 234 full time employees; including 166 commissioned Rangers and 68 support personnel; including administrative staff, Border Security Operations Center, Joint Operations and Intelligence Centers, and the Special Weapons and Tactics team.

Tony Leal, Retired Chief of the Texas Rangers and board member TDPSF.

“This commemoration represents everything that has been important in making me who I am,  I started as a DPS Trooper and ended my career as a DPS Texas Ranger. Both foundations represent the best in both, and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco memorializes the best in both.” 

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Texas Ranger 2023 is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. EIN: 85-0976020

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