Democrat who held office as the 43rd Governor of Texas from 1983 to 1987. He also served his state as the 74th Secretary of State from 1973 to 1977.
He earned his J.D. from Baylor Law School in 1965 and also served in the Texas National Guard.
He was the 46th Attorney General of Texas before running for governor.
He and his wife Linda Gale Thompson had two sons and a daughter.
He was succeeded by Bill Clements as the Governor of Texas in 1987.