Former Texas Governor Ann Richards Dies

Former Texas Governor Ann Richards died Wednesday, at the age of 73.

The silver-haired, silver-tongued Richards said she entered politics to help others - especially women and minorities who were often ignored by Texas' male-dominated establishment.

"I did not want my tombstone to read, 'She kept a really clean house.' I think I'd like them to remember me by saying, 'She opened government to everyone,'" Richards said shortly before leaving office in January 1995. [AP]
"Goodbye, Governor Richards," writes Amanda of Pandagon, "We need a lot more people in the world like you."

Kelly Shannon of The Agonist writes:

I had the great good fortune to have met Governor Richards a few times. Gov. Richards embodied all that was great about Texas and about the Texas Democratic spirit. She'd known hard times in her life but had overcome them. She's known illness and addiction and yet, overcame that as well. She dedicated her life to making the lives of others better. And even in defeat she was magnanimous. She was canny, clever and full of mischief. Her wit and warm heart will be missed. Absent Ann Richards Texas is a lesser place.
(I wonder if the Republicans will find something to whine about at Gov. Richards' memorial. It worked so well when Paul Wellstone died.)

[Pandagon, The Agonist]

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