Former Census Director Talks Demographic Shift

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Texas is changing, and few Texans know the details better than Steve Murdock. The professor of sociology at Rice University in Houston has twice been listed among the most influential Texans — by now-defunct Texas Business in 1997, and by Texas Monthly, which dubbed him “The Prophet” in 2005. He was appointed the first State Demographer of Texas in 2001. In 2007, George W. Bush tapped him to be the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Murdock's no policy maker. He fancies himself the "Jack Webb of demography" because of his "just the facts" approach. But down the ...

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