Wed March 26, 2008 at Etter-Harbin Alumni Center Connally BallroomRenowned 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.
Following a brief discussion of the book Bob Bullock: God Bless Texas, published in 2008 by University of Texas Press, a panel made up of current and former Texas legislators who served with Lt. Governor Bullock discussed Bullock’s life, work, and impact on Texas. A reception and book signing followed the discussion.
Moderator: Dr. Paul Stekler
- The Honorable Pete Laney, Former Texas Speaker of the House
- Senator Rodney Ellis, Texas State Senator
- Jim Henderson, author
- The Honorable Bill Hobby, former Texas Lieutenant Governor
- The Honorable Gibson “Gib” Lewis, former Texas Speaker of the House
- Dave McNeely, author