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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 Privilege
Introduction. "The Largest Texan"
Chapter One. The Usual Suspect
Chapter Two. Political Baptism by Garden Hose
Chapter Three. In the Orbit of Power
Chapter Four. With Friends Like These
Chapter Five. The Path Back to Politics
Chapter Six. "Just a Washed-Up Lobbyist"
Chapter Seven. A Turning Point in History
Chapter Eight. Spoiling for a Fight
Chapter Nine. Busted by the Senate
Chapter Ten. Texas Gets a New Tax Collector
Chapter Eleven. Bullock's Raiders
Chapter Twelve. A Bullock in a China Closet
Chapter Thirteen. Whiskey, Women, Airplanes, and Guns
Chapter Fourteen. No More Mister Nice Guy
Chapter Fifteen. The Grand Jury and the FBI
Chapter Sixteen. Drunk School and Beyond
Chapter Seventeen. The Tax Man Cometh
Chapter Eighteen. No Groundswell for "Governor" Bullock
Chapter Nineteen. The Oil Bust
Chapter Twenty. Eyes on the Lieutenant Governor's Office
Chapter Twenty-One. King Kong's Already in the Race
Chapter Twenty-Two. I'm in Charge Here
Chapter Twenty-Three. Ann Richards: Friend or Enemy?
Chapter Twenty-Four. Second Session Is a Charm
Chapter Twenty-Five. Here Will Lie Bob Bullock
Chapter Twenty-Six. George W. Arrives on the Scene
Chapter Twenty-Seven. You've Got to Kiss Me First
Chapter Twenty-Eight. The Long Drum Roll