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Good afternoon HAIF Maniacs. TX Governor Greg Abbott (R) & TX LG Dan Patrick (R) were both inaugurated for their respective 2nd terms this morning on the North Grounds of the TX State Capitol in downtown Austin. Following Governor Abbott's Oath of Office, the 19 Cannon Salute (which starts 1:04:19) is fired by the TX National Guard. Following the Inauguration, there was a daylong BBQ luncheon held on the TX State Capitol Grounds & there will NOT be an Inaugural Parade. Plus, several aides close to Governor Abbott believe he might be back for a 3rd term (if he does run again & is successful in 2022), he could become the 5th TX Governor to serve 3 terms following 4 of his predecessors: 1.) Allan Shivers (D): 37th Governor from July 11th, 1949 to January 15th, 1957: as LG, Shivers ascended to the Governorship upon the death of then-Governor Beauford Jester (D); elected to full 2-year term in 1950 & reelected in 1952 & 1954 before choosing not to seek reelection due to major political scandals in 1956. 2.) Price Daniel (D): 38th Governor from January 15th, 1957 to January 15th, 1963: elected in 1956; reelected in 1958 & again in 1960. 3.) John Bowden Connally (D): 39th Governor from January 15th, 1963 to January 21st, 1969: elected in 1962 & reelected in 1964 & 1966 before choosing not to seek reelection in 1968. 4.) Rick Perry (R): 47th Governor from December 21st, 2000 to January 20th, 2015: as LG, Perry ascended to the Governorship upon the resignation of then-Governor George W. Bush (R), who resigned in order to prepare for his Inauguration as the 43rd POTUS; elected to full 4-year term in 2002 & reelected in 2006 & 2010 before choosing to retire in 2014. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2019/01/15/will-greg-abbott-back-third-term-national-aspirations
Unless any of y'all have been living under a rock or on vacation for months, the Lone Star State has lost another great legend in TX Politics: former TX Governor Mark Wells White, Jr., (D) passed away over the weekend from a heart attack in Houston at the age of 77. White served as TX's 43rd Governor from January 18th, 1983 to January 20th, 1987. During his 4 years in the TX Governor's Mansion, White focused his energies on education reform including the controversial "No Pass/No Play" & utility regulation. He also concentrated on economic development & the appointment of women & minorities to positions on his staff & in the state government. The Lone Star State's Sesquicentennial occurred in 1986 & the Governor attended & hosted a number of events. The Goddess of Liberty was restored & planning for the State Capitol restoration began under his administration. Among White's appointments was Elena Salinas Ender as the first Latina to serve as a judge of a district court in TX. He also appointed Mayra McDaniel as the first African American to serve as Legal Counsel to the Governor. He previously served as Assistant State Attorney General under then-State AG Crawford Martin (D) from (1969 to 1972) & also served as the 74th TX Secretary of State(an appointed position) under then-Governor Dolph Briscoe (D), serving from January 19th, 1973 to October 27th, 1977. During his tenure as the state's Chief Election Officer, he streamlined operations & made his office more responsive to the public. White was elected President of the National Association of Secretaries of State in 1977. He was the youngest Secretary of State ever elected to the Association's highest office. He was also elected Treasurer & Secretary of the Association. White also served as a member of the Federal Elections Commission Advisory Panel on Voter Registration. White also served in the 36th Infantry Division of the TX National Guard. Following his resignation as TX Secretary of State on October 27th, 1977, White began to run for TX State AG in the 1978 elections: first defeated former State House Speaker Price Daniel, Jr., (D-Liberty) in the Dem Primary & Houston businessman & GOP political power-broker affiliated with the Bush family, James A. Baker, III [R]. White garnered 1, 249, 846 votes & (55.13%) to Baker's 999 431 votes & (44.08%). As the state's Law Enforcement Chief, White co-chaired the Federal-State Enforcement Coordinating Committee & was a member of the Governor's Organized Crime Prevention Council. On the national level, he was the Chairman of the Southern Conference of Attorneys General in May of 1981. In 1982, White did not seek reelection as State AG to run for the Governorship. First, he defeated Railroad Commissioner Buddy Temple (D) & 4-term Commissioner of the General Land Office Bob Armstrong (D) in the May 1st, 1982 Dem Primary election, once Temple declined to participate in the runoff. On November 2nd of that year, White came from behind to defeat the incumbent Governor, William Perry "Bill" Clements [R], who was the first GOP Governor in TX history since Reconstruction. White polled 1 697, 870 votes (53.21%) to Clements' 1,465, 937 votes (45.94%). However, Clements successfully made a comeback in defeating White in their 1986 rematch. In 1990, White made another comeback attempt in reclaiming the Governor's Mansion, but was unsuccessful, falling in 3rd place in the Dem Primary, losing to then-State Treasurer Ann Richards (D: who went on to win the Governorship) & then-State AG Jim Mattox (D). Services for the former TX Governor have been announced: Funeral Service: Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 11:00 AM Second Baptist Church 6400 Woodway Drive Houston, TX 77057 Lying in Repose: Thursday, August 10th, 2017 12:00 PM, NOON to 3:00 PM TX State Capitol Rotunda 1100 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78701 Final Resting Place: TX State Cemetery 909 Navasota Street Austin, TX 78702 http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Memorial-services-for-former-Gov-Mark-White-11738341.php Here's video of his Inauguration Address from January 18th, 1983: http://abc13.com/politics/former-texas-gov-mark-white-dead-at-77/2278561/
Later this afternoon, outgoing 3-term Governor Rick Perry [R] will be delivering his farewell address to a joint session of the TX Legislature at 2:30pm inside the TX House of Representatives chamber. http://www.texastribune.org/2015/01/15/farewell-speech-perry-encourage-compromise http://www.ktrk.com/ http://www.kxan.com/ The Perry's are moving out of the TX Governor's Mansion they've called home for 14 years. On Tuesday, he'll leave the mansion for the last time! Any thoughts ?
Ladies & gentlemen, tomorrow is inauguration day for Greg Abbott [R] as TX's 48th Governor & Dan Patrick [R] as the state's 42nd Lieutenant Governor, both being sworn into office at the State Capitol steps. Afterwards, a BBQ luncheon as well as an inaugural parade (first parade since 2003) & finally: the inaugural ball at the Austin Convention Center later Tuesday night. http://abc13.com/live/ http://kxan.com/live-stream/ What's everyone's thoughts on Abbott as his family moves into the Governor's Mansion?