Slideshow: Sen. John Whitmire's 40 Years in the Lege


Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, the longest-serving member of the Texas Senate, took office in 1973, the year the Sharpstown stock fraud scandal and newly drawn single-member districts ushered in a huge and diverse freshman House class.

Whitmire served 10 years in the House before being elected to the Senate in 1982. This year he celebrates four decades in state elected office. Here's a photographic look back at Whitmire's years in the Texas Legislature.

Whitmire is sworn into the Texas House for the first time at the ...

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