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James Addison Baker III is an American attorney and governmental official. Baker served as the Chief of Staff in President Ronald Reagan's first administration and in the final year of the administration of President George H. W. Bush.
Born: April 28, 1930 (age 84), Houston, TX
Children: Mary Bonner Baker, James Baker IVBooks: Work hard, study-- and keep out of politics!, More
Spouse: Susan Garrett Winston (m. 1973), Mary Stuart McHenry (m. 1953–1970)
Movies: Gummo, The American Ruling Class
Education: University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas School of Law, Princeton University, The Hill School
Wallace Bernard Jefferson is the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, who served from 2004 until October 1, 2013. In October 2013, he joined Alexander Dubose Jefferson Townsend as a name partner.
Born: July 22, 1963 (age 51), United States of America
Spouse: Rhonda Jefferson
Party: Republican Party
Education: Michigan State University, John Jay High School, University of Texas School of Law, James Madison College
Barbara Charline Jordan was an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights movement. She was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction, the first southern ... Born: February 21, 1936, Houston, TX
Died: January 17, 1996, Austin, TX
Party: Democratic Party
Awards: Presidential Medal of Freedom, Spingarn Medal
Books: Barbara Jordan, Barbara C. Jordan--selected Speeches, Legal Immigration: Setting Priorities, Designs for Fashion Knitting
Education: Boston University, Wheatley High School, Texas Southern University
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Channelview, Texas Manuel Lorenzo Justiniano de Zavala y Sáenz was a 19th-century Mexican politician of Spanish descent. He served as finance minister under President Vicente Guerrero. Wikipedia
Born: October 3, 1788, Tecoh Municipality, Mexico
Died: November 15, 1836, Channelview, TX
Books: Journey to the United States of America
Sam Rayburn of Texas, the longest serving Speaker in House history, was born in Kingston, Tennessee. Rayburn’s 17 years as Speaker—during the 76th through 78th, 81st through 82nd, and 84th to 87th Congresses (1940–1947, 1949–1953, and 1955–1961)—spanned a period from the eve of American intervention in World War II until the first year of the John F. Kennedy administration. Known affectionately as “Mr. Sam,” Rayburn was a House institution who exerted his influence through skillful persuasion and humor rather than arbitrary rule. He often brokered legislative initiatives among a group of autocratic and conflicting committee chairmen to whom much of the power in the House had devolved. Rayburn’s successful effort to expand the membership of the powerful House Rules Committee in 1961 prepared the way for consideration of major social legislation later in the decade. He died on November 16, 1961, in Bonham, Texas. At the time of his passing, Rayburn was the longest-serving Member in House history. In the public mind, his name had become synonymous with the House itself. The New York Times eulogized him as a man “regarded almost with awe in the House.” With his death, the editors concluded, “It is as though a part of the Capitol had fallen down.”
Henry Barbosa González was a Democratic politician from the state of Texas. He represented Texas's 20th congressional district from 1961 to 1999.
Born: May 3, 1916, San Antonio, TX
Died: November 28, 2000, San Antonio, TX
Spouse: Bertha Marie Gonzalez
Children: Charlie Gonzalez
Education: San Antonio College, St. Mary's University School of Law, University of Texas at Austin
Parents: Leonides Gonzalez, Genoveva Barbosa
Statesman Samuel Houston was a key political figure in the creation of the state of Texas. He was elected the first president of the Republic of Texas in 1836.
Samuel Houston was born on March 2, 1793, near Lexington, Virginia. From 1813 to 1814, he fought in the Creek War and was wounded at Horseshoe Bend. He was elected to Congress in 1823 and 1825. In 1827, he became Tennessee governor. He was made the first president of the Republic of Texas in 1836 and was re-elected in 1841. From 1849 to 1859, he was a Texas state senator. He died on July 26, 1863, in Huntsville, Texas.
Dorothy Ann Willis Richards was an American politician and the 45th Governor of Texas. A Democrat, she first came to national attention as the state treasurer of Texas, when she delivered the keynote ...
Born: September 1, 1933, Lacy Lakeview, Texas, TX
Died: September 13, 2006, Austin, TX
Spouse: David Richards (m. 1953–1984)
Previous office: Governor of Texas (1991–1995)
Children: Cecile Richards, Clark Richards, Ellen Richards, Daniel Richards
Movies: Home on the Range, Sisters of '77