Chuck Norris is a Texan now.
The actor, perhaps best known for his role as Walker, Texas Ranger (or, perhaps, the animorph-ing environmentalist in the 1996 film Forest Warrior), was named an honorary Texan during a ceremony Tuesday morning at the Texas Capitol.
The 77-year-old appeared in the Senate chamber with his wife, Gena, as senators passed a resolution naming the native Oklahoman (yes, we’re shocked too) an honorary member of the Lone Star State. He was presented with the gavel used to pass the resolution and a flag that once flew over the Alamo, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Senators shook his hand and posed for photos. No one was roundhouse kicked.
Norris’s run as the leading man in Walker came to an end in 2001, but he’s been extremely busy post-retirement. According to the Statesman, Norris was in Austin to promote Kickstart Kids, a Texas-based nonprofit that teaches kids martial arts, founded by Norris and his wife in 1990. Earlier this year, he also launched bottled water company CForce, which harnesses aquifer water from his Lone Wolf Ranch in Navasota.
Norris is no stranger to honorary titles. In 2007, Norris was made an honorary U.S. Marine, and in 2010 he was made an honorary member of the Texas Rangers by then-governor Rick Perry. One wonders why it took so long to make him a card-carrying member of the Lone Star State.
Anyway, here is Chuck Norris, newly minted Texan. Look how happy he is!
— Ashley Goudeau (@AshleyG_KVUE) April 4, 2017