God Bless Texas: Bob Bullock and the Rise of Modern Texas Politics

In celebration of Bob Bullock, an exhibit is currently on display at the W.R. Poage Legislative Library honoring his long and transformational political career. We encourage you to visit, however, if you cannot visit the exhibit in person this webpage will give you a good sampling of what is on display.

 Brief Biography

Robert “Bob” Douglas Bullock, Sr. was born in the small Texas community of Hillsboro on July 10, 1929. Bullock had a lengthy career as a Texas politician beginning in 1956 when he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives.

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He resigned from the legislature in 1959 and did not return to public service until 1967 as an aide to Governor Preston Smith who eventually appointed Bullock Secretary of State from 1971-1972.

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Bullock’s political career really took off when he became Comptroller of Public Accounts, a position he held for four terms. After serving as comptroller for 16 years, Bullock was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1990 and elected for a second term in 1994.

Bullock was considered by many to be the last giant of Texas politics whose years in the public service sector were filled with controversy; but they also serve as a powerful testament to his dedicated passion for making Texas a better place for all its citizens. 

"The personal responsibility of good government does not end at the ballot box, but lives in the heart and soul of all of us who want Texas to be the best it can be." - Bob Bullock

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