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Inauguration day, January 15, 1991. The first woman to be elected Texas governor on her own merits, Governor Richards appointed more women, blacks, and Hispanics to office than any previous administration. She worked with the legislature to achieve insurance reform, new ethics rules for lobbyists, better hazardous waste management, and restructuring of public school financing. Other initiatives included job creation, site-based management for public schools, increased prison space, and governmental efficiency.