Bill Sarpalius

Former Congressman

Bill Sarpalius
  • Pivotal in the independence of Lithuania, Bill Sarpalius reminisces the fight for freedom in the Baltic States.
  • Congressman Sarpalius talks about his troubled childhood and successful election campaigns in Texas.
  • “Do you have the energy to get started on your dreams?” Bill Sarpalius challenges his listener to follow the dreams.

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Former Congressman Bill Sarpalius is the American Dream. His story is compelling and will keep you on the edge of your seat as he tells of the struggles he and his brothers went through. He tells of the love and determination he and his brothers had, to help their suicidal mother.

At an early age, he and his two brothers were abandoned by their father and lived on the streets and vacant houses with their mother who was suicidal and an alcoholic. At age 10 he became homeless.

At the age of 13 he and his brothers where placed at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. Bill was in the fifth grade and could not read. He graduated from high school with only a hundred dollars in his pocket, one suitcase and no place to go.

His life shows us that, with determination and hard work we can overcome adversity.  He ran for the Texas Senate and started his race with only $25.00 but was determined to do something about the problem of alcohol and drug abuse.  Texas ranked fiftieth in the nation in providing treatment.

He was elected to the Texas Senate and served there for eight years. His determination to help the rampant alcohol and drug abuse left him threatened and physically hurt but he persevered, providing solutions to Texans. He was then elected to the United States Congress where he served for six years.

Congressman Sarpalius gained international recognition for his deep involvement in the movement for independence and recognition of Lithuania and the other Baltic States during the fall of communism.  Because of his determination to help with the independence of Lithuania and the Baltic States he was awarded the “Grand Duke of Lithuania”. The highest honor the country can give a noncitizen.    

Congressman’s Sarpalius’ story of determination and overcoming adversity will leave you inspired and motivated.

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