State and Local Leaders

Materials in our collections from state and local leaders date from the 1930s to the present with an emphasis on government policy related to agriculture, civil rights, and military and veterans’ affairs. Collections also supplement coursework in history, political science, journalism and environmental studies, among others.

Donald G. Adams (1938- )
Papers, 1969-1977, 37 linear ft.

Donald Gilbert Adams was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1968 where he served in the 61st and 62nd Legislatures. In 1972, Adams was elected to the Texas Senate where he served in the 63rd, 64th and 65th Legislatures. In 1978, Adams resigned his seat in the Texas Senate to become Chief Legal Counsel to the Governor of Texas, Dolph Briscoe.

Barry Kip Averitt (1954- )
Papers, 1993-2010 - CLOSED

Kip Averitt served in the Texas House of Representatives for 9 ½ years before being elected to the Texas Senate in 2002 where he served until he resigned in 2010. Following his time in state politics, Averitt formed Averitt & Associates, a public affairs and lobbying firm.

Papers, 1917-1999, 1100 linear ft.

Bob Bullock was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1956, while he was still in law school. Bullock enjoyed a long and distinguished career in Texas politics serving as Assistant Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Comptroller, and Lieutenant Governor. The Texas State History Museum in Austin opened in 2001 and was named in Bullock’s honor.

Papers, Inclusive: 1982-2011, Bulk: 1996-2010, 73 document boxes and 9 oversized boxes, 32.69 linear ft.

The Jim Dunnam papers cover an expanse of 1982-2011, though the bulk of the papers are from 1997-2011. These years span the 75th through the 81st Texas Legislatures. Materials document Dunnam’s service as a Texas Representative during these sessions.

Papers, 1983-1991, 224 document boxes, 93 linear ft.

Chet Edwards was first elected to the Texas Senate in 1983 and served there until 1990. His interest in public service began while he was a student at Texas A&M University. Following an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U. S. Congress, Edwards ran for the Texas Senate and won. Edwards made a successful run for the U. S. Congress in 1990 and served in the House of Representatives for 10 terms, until 2011.

Jack English Hightower (1926-2013)
Papers, 1953-1955; 1965-1974 (currently being re-processed for entry into BARD)

Jack Hightower was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1953 and served until 1955. After a ten-year period of serving as a district attorney, Hightower returned to state politics serving in the Texas Senate between 1965 and 1974, when he made a successful bid for the U. S. House of Representatives.

Papers, 1947-1952, 2 document boxes and 1 oversize box, 1 linear ft.

E. Ray Kirkpatrick served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1947 until 1951. At age 26, he became the youngest person in Texas history to chair the state’s Appropriations Committee. Kirkpatrick graduated from the Baylor School of Law in 1952.

Papers, (1934-1950s), 8 document boxes and 5 oversized boxes, 4.59 lin. ft.

Caso March never held elected office but was a perennial candidate for governor of Texas in 1946, 1948, and 1950.

George Clarence "Cotton" Moffett (1895-1972)
Papers, 1933-1956

George Moffett served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1931-1938 and the Texas Senate from 1939-1965. His 34 years in the Texas Legislature saw him closely identified with agricultural, livestock, oil, gas, and veterans’ legislative issues.

Mike Morrison (1950- )
Papers, (1996-2000), 95.35 linear ft.

Mike Morrison is a Baylor University law professor that served as mayor of Waco, Texas from 1996 until 2000. He began donating his papers to the Baylor Collections of Political Materials in the summer of 1996. The papers are his personal copies of materials related to the operation of the Office of Mayor.

Papers, 1991-1998, 84 document boxes, 35.28 lin. ft.

Allen D. Place, Jr. served in the Texas Legislature from 1991 until 1998. He received both his BBA and JD degrees from Baylor University.

State Papers, 1924-1936, 9 document boxes. 3.75 linear ft.

Bob Poage first tasted public service when he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1924, where he served for four years. He left the political stage for a time but returned in 1931 when he was elected to the Texas Senate, serving there until 1936 when he was elected to his first term in the U. S. House of Representatives, where he served until his retirement in 1978.

Papers, (1950s-2000), 28 document Boxes and 3 oversized boxes

Tunnell was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1956 and served there until 1965. He was Speaker of the House 1963-1965. Gov. John Connally appointed him as Railroad Commissioner in 1965 and he served until 1973 when he resigned to become vice-president and lobbyist for Houston-based Tenneco, Inc., an oil and gas company.