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Bob Bullock
Biographical Chronology



1929

Born Robert Douglas Bullock in Hillsboro, Texas, to Thomas Austin Bullock and Ruth Mitchell Bullock.

1946

After his father died, Bob Bullock and his mother moved in with Bob's sister, Louisa, and her husband, Will Bond.

1947

Graduated from Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro, Texas.

1949

Received his Associate of Arts Degree from Hillsboro Junior College now Hill College), where he was co-captain of the football team.

1950

Married Amelia Hooks. Lindy was born in 1951, and Robert Douglas Jr. was born in 1959.

1951-1954

Served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

1957

Began first term in Texas House of Representatives. Re-elected in 1959. Served until Oct. 18, 1959.

1958

Received Bachelor of Arts Degree from Texas Tech University and Bachelor of Law Degree from Baylor School of Law

1959

Resigned from legislature to practice law and work as a lobbyist

1961

Joined staff of Texas Auto Dealers Association.

1963-1965

Served on the Texas State Historical Survey Committee when John Connally was Governor.

1967-1968

Served as Assistant Attorney General.

1969-1971

Aide to Gov. Preston Smith.

1971-1972

Served as Secretary of State when Preston Smith was Governor.

1972

Underwent surgery to remove part of right lung.
His nomination by Gov. Preston Smith to head the State Board of Insurance was rejected by the Texas Senate.

1975-1990

Elected to four terms as Comptroller of Public Accounts, a position he transformed into one of the most powerful in Texas.

1979

Suffered heart attack.

1981

Underwent treatment for alcoholism at Betty Ford Center.

1982

Announced he would run for governor, withdrew in 1984.

1985

Married Jan Felts Teague.

1991

Sworn in as 38th Lieutenant Governor when Ann Richards was Governor.

1994

Underwent heart bypass surgery.

1995

Sworn in for second four-year term when George W. Bush was Governor.

1997

Announces retirement from politics at end of current term.

1999

Last day as lieutenant governor was January 19.
Passed away at home in Austin, Texas from heart failure, June 18.
Buried at Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Texas, June 20.


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