There are lily pads and launch pads in Texas government, and the Railroad Commission is a launch pad. Being a railroad commissioner is less an end than a means — a way to propel yourself into a better, higher-profile and more powerful job. Which is why a serious reform effort is afoot.Full Story
Democrat Lloyd Bentsen Jr. represented Texas in the U.S. Senate from 1971 to 1993.
Born in Mission in 1921, Bentsen was Hidalgo County Judge from 1946 to 1948. He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1948, where he served until 1955. Under President Bill Clinton, Bentsen served as secretary of the U.S. Treasury.
Bentsen lived in ...