During the late 1970s and early 1980s, this Texas politician served his state's nineteenth district in the United States House of Representatives. Two decades after leaving that office, he became the Chancellor of Texas Tech University.
After earning a business degree from Texas Tech University, he graduated from the University of Texas School of Law and subsequently served in the Texas State Senate.
During his time in Congress, he was a member of the Democratic Party; however, in 1985, he allied himself with the Republican Party.
He was born and raised in Castro County in Northwest Texas.
During his time in the U.S. Congress, he was a proponent of then-President Ronald Reagan's landmark 1981 tax cut.