Texas Senate names Chuck Norris honorary Texan

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The former star of "Walker, Texas Ranger" and his wife started a program called Kickstart Kids to help at-risk students in the Houston area.

The Texas Senate has named Chuck Norris an honorary Texan - especially fitting for the former star of "Walker, Texas Ranger."

The actor and his wife, Gena, appeared in the chamber on Tuesday. Norris has acted in many action and martial arts films over the decades, in addition to playing the title character in the "Walker" TV series from 1993 until 2001.

Norris, who's 77, was born in Oklahoma but has lived in Texas. A conservative Christian, he's campaigned for some of the state's top Republicans, including with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz during his White House run last year, and with now-Gov. Greg Abbott in 2014.

RELATED: Chuck Norris, wife honored for helping at risk children in Houston

For more than a decade, Norris has been the center of popular online jokes attributing superhuman strength and impossible feats to him.
Here are some examples:
  • Chuck Norris has a diary. It's called the Guinness Book of World Records.

  • Giraffes were created when Chuck Norris uppercutted a horse.


  • Chuck Norris doesn't cheat death. He wins fair and square.


  • Chuck Norris once went to Mars. That's why there are no signs of life.


  • Jack was nimble, Jack was quick, but Jack still couldn't dodge Chuck Norris' roundhouse kick.


  • Chuck Norris' tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried.

  • Brett Favre can throw a football over 50 yards. Chuck Norris can throw Brett Favre even further.



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