Former Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe Dies at Age 87

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From the Austin American-Statesman:

Former Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr., the wealthy scion of a storied family descended from a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, died Sunday after a lengthy illness, according to a family statement. He was 87.

Briscoe had been hospitalized in January and had returned home only recently, according to family spokeswoman Ann Arnold. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Born on April 23, 1923, the son of a politically powerful and wealthy rancher and oilman, Briscoe, a Democrat, served as governor in 1973-79.

Read the full Statesman obituary here.

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Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

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