Browse Exhibits (3 total)

Poage's Passport: A BCPM Digital Exhibit

During his time in the United States House of Representatives, W. R. Poage visited all seven continents. This exhibit, while not an exhaustive accounting of Congressman Poage’s international voyages, gives a broad overview of his travel during his 42 years in office. During this time, Poage’s work on the Agriculture Committee and with the InterParliamentary Union (among others) took him overseas where he met, befriended, and learned from hundreds of foreign peoples.

He remembered these experiences fondly, and in his memoirs wrote: “I have always felt that travel was absolutely essential to any well-rounded citizen, and I consider it to be of vital importance to a Member of Congress.” Similarly, Poage believed that congressmen who were too concerned about being on public business missed out on the opportunities for personal and professional growth international travel provided.

A report on Poage's trip to Poland, Russia, India, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Nepal, and Australia for the use of the Committee on Agriculture. [Cover]

Poage's passport application from 1960. Note the "Visible Distinguishing Characteristics" and "Occupation" fields.

Countries Visited by Congressman Poage

- Japan, China, Uzbekistan and India

- Great Britain, Germany and Russia

- Australia, New Zealand, Fiji

- Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Paraguay

-Israel (Palestine), Egypt

- Sudan, Southern Africa

#ElectionCollection: Legislative Campaign Memorabilia at the BCPM

On Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, Americans across all 50 states will cast their votes. They will, collectively, elect 435 members to the House of Representatives, 34 Senators, 12 state Governors, 1 Vice President and 1 President. This date – the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November – was set by Congress in 1845 and has remained constant ever since. This year, we’re commemorating Election Day with a brand new digital exhibit. We’re calling it our #ElectionCollection, and throughout the month of October leading up to Election Day, we’ll be digging into our collections and pulling out some of our most interesting Congressional election-related materials.

Why Congressional materials? Because the legislative branch, more than the executive or judicial branch, is “the branch of the people.” Congressmen and Senators represent the interests of their constituent states and districts at the federal level, crafting legislation that will impact the daily lives of Americans in a very real way. These men and women know their constituents more intimately than any other federal elected official, communicating with them over months and years to learn what they find important and how they expect government to perform.

Learn more about the NARA campaign that inspired our exhibit here.

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.


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.


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