Tribpedia: John Tower

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Republican John Tower represented Texas in the U.S. Senate from 1961 to 1985.

He received a bachelor's degree in political science in 1948 from Southwestern University, according to the Handbook of Texas Online, a publication of the Texas State Historical Association. He received his master's degree in political science from Southern Methodist University in 1953.

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Texas' Shift From Blue to Red Informs 2014 Races

In 1961, a Wichita Falls political science professor became the first Texas Republican to win a statewide seat since Reconstruction. It took another 37 years for the party to sweep the other major offices. That history provides insight into the challenges now facing Democrats, and the reasons Republicans are taking the current threat to their winning streak seriously.

Slideshow: John Tower's Historic 1961 Senate Campaign

In 1961, John Tower won a special election for U.S. Senate and became the first Texas Republican elected statewide since Reconstruction. His campaign fliers and brochures, part of the John Tower Collection at Southwestern University, show Tower's efforts to court conservative Democrats and convince them that a Republican could win in Texas.

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. And it may be hard to believe today, but Republicans in Texas have suffered a longer drought than what Democrats are currently facing.

Why You Should Invest in Texas Democrats

If we ever hope to see the change we desire, we have to continue to support our candidates — even after a terrible loss. The alternative is to simply give up, and just as that was not acceptable for Republicans when they found themselves on the losing side, it’s not acceptable for us.