BREAKING: Democrat Governor Just DIED

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Mark White, a Democrat who served as the governor of Texas from 1983 to 1987, has died at the age of 77.

The former governor, who fought kidney cancer for years, died Saturday in Houston shortly after waking up and feeling uncomfortable, according to his wife, Linda Gale White, and his son Andrew White.

“He cared about Texas deeply,” his son said. “He realized that this wasn’t about getting re-elected. This wasn’t about being popular. This was about making Texas a better place.”

During his time in office, White’s most notable achievements came in education reform. In 1984, he signed landmark legislation that included the famous “no-pass, no play” law that said students must pass their classes to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities.

In a statement Saturday afternoon, Gov. Greg Abbott said that White devoted his life to making Texas better. Abbott also noted that his relationship with White dated back to when he was a young lawyer in Houston.

“Mark’s impact on Texas will not soon be forgotten, and his legacy will live on through all that he achieved as Governor,” Abbott said.

Bill Hobby, who served as Texas’ lieutenant governor from 1973 to 1991, also issued a statement Saturday, calling White “one of Texas’ greatest governors.”

News of White’s death was first reported by the Houston Chronicle.

As governor, White supported the state’s use of the death penalty. While Texas executed 20 inmates during his administration, White later said the death penalty was most distasteful thing I had to do” as governor.

Rest in peace…

God Bless.


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