Buttons

Campaign buttons are a fun and easy way for constituents to support their candidate. The buttons in this collection cover elections from many campaigns and districts across Texas. Campaigns often design their buttons to communicate pithy slogans and use bold colors to help possible voters remember a candidate. Some buttons, particularly those of incumbents, simply feature a candidate’s name. The buttons in our #ElectionCollection were donated by voters and campaigns to preserve the historicity of the election process.


Lloyd Bentsen campaign button [undated] | View full item record in the BCPM Digital Collections |

Lloyd Bentsen was a United States Senator who represented Texas from 1971--1993. His most famous moment came during the 1988 vice presidential debate, when he chided his opponent, Dan Quayle, by telling him that “You’re no Jack Kennedy” in response to Quayle’s claim that he had as much experience as Kennedy did when he was elected. 


Lloyd Bentsen campaign button [undated] | View full item record in the BCPM Digital Collections |


Lloyd Bentsen campaign button [undated] | View full item record in the BCPM Digital Collections |


Blakley for Senate campaign button [undated] | View full item record in the BCPM Digital Collections |


Campaign button for Jack Hightower, Democratic Party candidate, Bexar County, Texas [undated] | View full item record in the BCPM Digital Collections |

Bexar (pronounced "bear") County is a county in Texas that contains San Antonio. Although he did not represent Bexar County directly, Jack Hightower had supporters there who wore this button to show their support for his candidacy.


John Dowdy campaign button [undated] | View full item record in the BCPM Digital Collections |

Born in Waco, Texas, John Dowdy was a member of the United States House of Representatives from the 7th District of Texas from 1952-1967 who later served the 2nd District as their congressman. 


Gordon McLendon for U.S. Senate campaign button [undated] | View full item record in the BCPM Digital Collections |


W. R. "Bob" Poage campaign button [undated] | View full item record in the BCPM Digital Collections |

With a career spanning 42 years of service, W. R. “Bob” Poage was one of the longest-tenured members of Congress. Poage utilized several different campaign slogans, and this particular one -- “Poage is Proven” -- was used near the end of his career.

Purcell for Congress campaign button [undated] | View full item record in the BCPM Digital Collections |

 

Buttons