God Bless Texas
Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage Series
Published by: University of Texas Press
328 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 46.00 mm
- ISBN: 9780292714540
- Published: February 2008
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.
Prologue. Personal PrivilegeIntroduction. "The Largest Texan"Chapter One. The Usual SuspectChapter Two. Political Baptism by Garden HoseChapter Three. In the Orbit of PowerChapter Four. With Friends Like TheseChapter Five. The Path Back to PoliticsChapter Six. "Just a Washed-Up Lobbyist"Chapter Seven. A Turning Point in HistoryChapter Eight. Spoiling for a FightChapter Nine. Busted by the SenateChapter Ten. Texas Gets a New Tax CollectorChapter Eleven. Bullock's RaidersChapter Twelve. A Bullock in a China ClosetChapter Thirteen. Whiskey, Women, Airplanes, and GunsChapter Fourteen. No More Mister Nice GuyChapter Fifteen. The Grand Jury and the FBIChapter Sixteen. Drunk School and BeyondChapter Seventeen. The Tax Man ComethChapter Eighteen. No Groundswell for "Governor" BullockChapter Nineteen. The Oil BustChapter Twenty. Eyes on the Lieutenant Governor's OfficeChapter Twenty-One. King Kong's Already in the RaceChapter Twenty-Two. I'm in Charge HereChapter Twenty-Three. Ann Richards: Friend or Enemy? Chapter Twenty-Four. Second Session Is a CharmChapter Twenty-Five. Here Will Lie Bob BullockChapter Twenty-Six. George W. Arrives on the SceneChapter Twenty-Seven. You've Got to Kiss Me FirstChapter Twenty-Eight. The Long Drum RollEpilogueNotesIndex