Tribpedia: Dolph Briscoe Jr

Dolph Briscoe, Jr. (1923-2010) was a rancher, businessman and the 40th governor of Texas. A Democrat, he served from 1973 to 1979. As of 2009, he was the oldest living, former governor in Texas.

Briscoe was born in Uvalde, Texas to a prominent Texas rancher.  He died in his family home, June 27, 2010.

He served in the Army ...

One crisis, two futures: How Denmark and Texas answered an energy challenge

A wind farm generates electricity off the coast of Copenhagen. Wind energy accounted for 42 percent of Denmark's generation last year. Four decades ago, the country depended almost entirely on imported oil.
A wind farm generates electricity off the coast of Copenhagen. Wind energy accounted for 42 percent of Denmark's generation last year. Four decades ago, the country depended almost entirely on imported oil.

When Arab oil producers turned off their spigots to Denmark 40 years ago, Danish leaders focused on reducing fossil fuel dependance by curbing energy use. Faced with the same crisis, Texas took a different route. This story is the first in a series about global and local energy efficiency efforts.

Steam rises from the stacks at the Martin Lake Coal-Fired Power Plant in Tatum, TX March 30, 2011.
Steam rises from the stacks at the Martin Lake Coal-Fired Power Plant in Tatum, TX March 30, 2011.

Texas' Energy Lessons From the 1970s

Unrest in the Middle East, rising oil prices and frustration with federal energy policy — for many Texans, today’s headlines must seem like déjà vu. While the situation is far less severe than the aftermath of the 1973 Arab oil embargo, the parallels are unmistakable.

Texas Gubernatorial Term Lengths: 1846-2011
Texas Gubernatorial Term Lengths: 1846-2011

Perry's Term Thrice as Long as Average Texas Govs'

Most people know that Gov. Rick Perry, inaugurated to a third term Tuesday, has served longer than any other chief executive in Texas history. What's remarkable, though, is just how much longer than the state's previous governors — even those who've served during the modern era.

Former Texas governors (from left): Preston Smith, Mark White, Dolph Briscoe, and Bill Clements.
Former Texas governors (from left): Preston Smith, Mark White, Dolph Briscoe, and Bill Clements.

Mark White Remembers the Late Dolph Briscoe

Former Governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr., who died Sunday at age 87, was a genuine, intelligent and thoughful man whose hands-off style and moderate politics were right for the Texas of his time. So says another former governor, Mark White, who talked on Monday to Jennifer Stayton of KUT News.

TribLive: A Conversation with Julián Castro

For the third event in our TribLive series, I interviewed the mayor of San Antonio about the big issues facing the nation's seventh-largest city, how his early notions of the job squared with the reality of being in it, his age, his ethnicity, his party affiliation in a nonpartisan office and, of course, his future plans.

Jim Mattox and Ann Richards
Jim Mattox and Ann Richards

Primary Races Tend to Be Bloody

Ask a Republican who’s not on Gov. Rick Perry or Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s payroll about the 2010 governor’s primary, and you’ll get a response about a well-timed trip to Palm Springs in early March, when the two candidates square off. Party faithful want to stay above the fray: Primary challenges to longstanding incumbents tend to get rough quick.