Democratic politician and Army veteran who represented Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965 to 1997. He was one of the first Hispanic members of the House and he helped cultivate better relations between the US and Mexico.
He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy.
He is well known for his support of environmental and educational bills.
He married Lucille Garza.
He served in Congress during the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidency and was a strong supporter of Johnson.