Texas Governor Mark White

August 10, 2017

I first met Governor Mark White back in 1984. He was known as the first Texas Governor to appoint a Hispanic woman to a district judge. Whenever he visited with U.S. Speaker of House of Representative Jim Wright in Washington, DC., I was there to greet him. Many years later, after my arrival in Houston, I saw him several times at a local diner. The last time I had a long conversation with him and his wife last year at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Governor White and I reminisced about my former boss, Speaker Jim Wright, and he actually recalled meetings with me during my Washington days. I am not sure if he was just trying to be nice to me, but his remarks made me feel important. He died last week, but I treasure his legacy, and his last words to me. “Jim Wright would have been proud of you.” We are all proud to have had him as the Governor of Texas.