January 18, 1983 - January 20, 1987
Born: March 17, 1940, in Henderson, Texas
Early Career: White attended Houston public schools and Baylor University, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1962 and a law degree from Baylor Law School in 1965. White worked briefly in a private legal practice in Houston before serving three years as an Assistant Attorney General. In 1969, he returned to Houston to a private practice until 1973 when Governor Dolph Briscoe appointed him Secretary of State. White resigned as Secretary of State in October 1977 in order to run for Attorney General. After being elected and serving as Attorney General from 1979 to 1983, he ran against and defeated Governor Bill Clements in the 1982 governor's race.
Accomplishments: During his term in office, White focused his energies on education reform (including no-pass/no-play) and utility rate regulation. White also concentrated on economic development and the appointment of minorities to positions on his staff and in the government. Texas' Sesquicentennial occurred in 1986, and the Governor attended and hosted a number of events. The Goddess of Liberty was restored and planning for Capitol restoration began during White's term in office.
Later years: White was defeated by Clements in the 1986 election and returned to private life after his term ended in January 1987. He ran for governor in the Democratic primary in 1990 but lost to Ann Richards. Today, he is an attorney and president of GeoVox Security, Inc. He serves on the board of trustees for Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.
Global warming demonstrated
Sally Ride is first U.S. woman in space
Aug 18 1983
Hurricane Alicia hits Houston, kills 21; Texas's first billion-dollar hurricane
Terrorist bombing kills 237 Marines in Lebanon
U.S. invasion of Grenada
First appearance of crack cocaine
No-pass/no-play law enacted
Apple Macintosh computer introduced
The Cosby Show
Mikhail Gorbachev comes to power in USSR, introduces glasnost and perestroika
Savings and loan crisis begins, leading to prosecutions, a massive federal bailout, and the demise of many Texas thrifts
Chernobyl nuclear disaster
Hole in the ozone layer reported
U.S. bombs Libya