Political And Other Miscellany From A Stout Democrat In Dallas Texas.
"Politics is the only game for adults." --from Robert A. Heinlein's Double Star

Monday, April 28, 2008

In Memory: Lena Guerrero

From the AP: "Lena Guerrero, the first Hispanic and first woman on the Texas Railroad Commission, has died after a long battle with cancer. She was 50. Ms. Guerrero, whose political career crashed because she lied on her résumé, died Thursday. She spent recent years as a Capitol lobbyist, despite an ongoing fight with brain cancer.

Ms. Guerrero was viewed as a Latina trailblazer and rising political star when Democratic Gov. Ann Richards named her in 1991 to the Railroad Commission, the powerful state agency that regulates the oil and gas industry. She also gained widespread attention when she spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 1992.

Ms. Guerrero, who was raised in Mission, plunged into politics at a young age. ... She was elected president of the Texas Young Democrats at age 21. She was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1984 at age 25 to represent Travis County."

Texas flags were ordered flown at half-staff on Saturday, when her funeral took place in Austin, before burial at the Texas State Cemetery.


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