Bob Bullock : God bless Texas / Dave McNeely and Jim Henderson.
By: McNeely, Dave.
Contributor(s): Henderson, Jim.Material type: TextSeries: Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas heritage series: no. 12.Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2008Edition: 1st ed.Description: xiii, 312 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780292714540 (alk. paper); 0292714548 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Bullock, Bob | Bullock, Bob -- Influence | Politicians -- Texas -- Biography | Lieutenant governors -- Texas -- Biography | Texas. Comptroller's Office -- Officials and employees -- Biography | Texas -- Politics and government -- 1951- | Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946- -- Friends and associates | Power (Social sciences) -- Texas -- History -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 976.4/063092 | B LOC classification: F391.4.B85 | M35 2008
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -299) and index.
The largest Texan -- The usual suspect -- Political baptism by garden hose -- In the orbit of power -- With friends like these -- The path back to politics -- "Just a washed-up lobbyist" -- A turning point in history -- Spoiling for a fight -- Busted by the senate -- Texas gets a new tax collector -- Bullock's raiders -- A Bullock in a china closet -- Whiskey, women, airplanes, and guns -- No more mister nice guy -- The grand jury and the FBI -- Drunk school and beyond -- The tax man cometh -- No groundswell for "Governor" Bullock -- The oil bust -- Eyes on the Lieutenant Governor's office -- King Kong's already in the race -- I'm in charge here -- Ann Richards : friend or enemy? -- Second session is a charm -- Here will lie Bob Bullock -- George W. arrives on the scene -- You've got to kiss me first -- The long drum roll.
Renowned for his fierce devotion to the people of Texas--as well as his equally fierce rages and unpredictable temper--Bob Bullock was the most powerful political figure in Texas at the end of the twentieth century. First elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1956, Bullock held several key statewide posts before capturing the lieutenant governor's office in 1990. Though nominally the state's number two official, Bullock in fact became Texas's top power broker, wielding tremendous influence over the legislative agenda and state budget through the 1990s while also mentoring and supporting a future president--George W. Bush. In this lively, yet thoroughly researched biography, award-winning journalists Dave McNeely and Jim Henderson craft a well-rounded portrait of Bob Bullock, underscoring both his political adroitness and his personal demons. They trace Bullock's rise through state government as Assistant Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Comptroller, and Lieutenant Governor, showing how he increased the power of every office he held. The authors spotlight Bullock's substantial achievements, which included hiring an unprecedented number of women and minorities, instituting a performance review to increase the efficiency of state agencies, restructuring the public school funding system, and creating the state's first water conservation and management plan.