Texas has a formidable array of more than fifty official state things.  We have an official state dinosaur, an official state folk dance, two official state peppers, and even an official state molecule.

  But State Rep. Marsha Farney (R-Gerogetown) sasy what Texas needs is an official state hat...the cowboy hat.
 
  "People even overseas, when they see a cowboy hat, they have an affiliation of Texas with that cowboy hat," Farney told News Radio 1200 WOAI's Carl Laque.
 
 She points out that cowboy hats are part of the required uniform for State Police officers, and even worn by the iconic Texas Rangers.
 
  While official state mottoes, birds, flowers, and trees are common, State Symbols USA shows no other state has an official hat.  Recognized state symbols run the gamut from Wisconsin's Official State Beverage (milk, not beer) to Utah's Official State Astronomical Symbol (the Beehive Cluster), but no state has an Official State Hat.
 
  The high crowned, broad brimmed hat first made its appearance with Mongolian horsemen in the 13th Century, Farney said, and the forerunner of today's 'cowboy hat' was introduced to the southwestern plains by Spanish 'vaquero' cattle herders.

  Farney says she doesn't care whether it is the familiar 'Boss of the Plains' Statson, the familiar Cattleman, or the sophisticated Resistol, the cowboy hat rules in Texas and should get statewide recognition.
 
  "I think it will just be something fun today to just make something official that is pretty well known and accepted," she said.
 
  The bill doesn't mention that John B. Stetson's hat company was located in Philadelphia, although the company's successor now manufactures Stetsons, more appropriately, in the Dallas suburb of Garland Texas.