Tribpedia: Carole Keeton Strayhorn

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Carole Keeton Strayhorn is a former state Comptroller and chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission. Strayhorn ran as an independent against Rick Perry in the 2006 governor's race.

Strayhorn served two terms as Comptroller beginning in 1998.  She received more votes than any other Republican on the statewide ballot in her 2002 bid for re-election. After the race, Strayhorn ...

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Analysis: Democrats Found Candidates, if Not Voters

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Sen. Wendy Davis, and Sen. Royce West took part in the Stand with Texas Women Rally at the Capitol on July 1, 2013.
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Sen. Wendy Davis, and Sen. Royce West took part in the Stand with Texas Women Rally at the Capitol on July 1, 2013.

A year ago, Texas Democrats were still looking for candidates willing to jump into races Republicans have been winning for 20 years. Now the candidates are looking for Democrats, hoping there's a chance to break the pattern. 

GOP candidates for state comptroller. Clockwise, from top left: former gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina, former state Rep. Raul Torres, state Sen. Glenn Hegar and state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran.
GOP candidates for state comptroller. Clockwise, from top left: former gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina, former state Rep. Raul Torres, state Sen. Glenn Hegar and state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran.

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More than 20 years after then-Texas Comptroller John Sharp launched a popular program to cut government waste, the candidates to be the next comptroller are talking about reviving it.

Former State Rep. Paul Sadler, D-Henderson, shown here at the Texas Capitol in May, 2001, has announced a run for U.S. Senate.
Former State Rep. Paul Sadler, D-Henderson, shown here at the Texas Capitol in May, 2001, has announced a run for U.S. Senate.

Democrats Try Again to Break the GOP Hold on Texas

Every Texas Democrat who has run for statewide office in the last 18 years has been defeated. Every Democrat on the ballot this year hopes to bust that slump. But Republicans in Texas have suffered a longer drought than what Democrats are currently facing.

Carol Strayhorn announces for governor, June, 2005.
Carol Strayhorn announces for governor, June, 2005.

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It's an impulse most of us learn to suppress in the seventh grade — the need give your enemies wedgies, to tape "kick me" signs to their backs, to put lizards in their lunchboxes. Political people don't suppress it — they channel it into goofy stunts to attract attention, ridicule opponents and blow off steam.