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New Releases: May 2018

Get to know your state government with this month’s New Releases from the Ron and Joanna Clark Collection!

After 17 years practicing law, Ron Clark began a political career in 1996 with a campaign for State Representative from the 62nd District. In this political advertisement, Clark receives the endorsement of then Governor George W. Bush. Bush describes Clark’s focus on lawsuit reform, small business, and strict term limits.

Clark won his election, eventually serving three terms in the Texas House of Representatives. During his tenure, he hosted a program called “Austin Update.” Produced by the Texas House of Representatives Video and Audio Services, the program featured interviews with various members of the state government. In this 1999 episode, Clark speaks with infamous political personality “Grandma” Carole Keeton (also known as Carole Keeton Strayhorn). Keeton served as mayor of Austin from 1977 to 1983, Texas Railroad commissioner from 1994 to 1999, and Texas comptroller from 1999 to 2007. She was the first woman elected to all three positions.

Clark takes a turn in the hot seat in this 2001 installment. Intern Erin Sanders questions him about new bills under consideration in the upcoming legislative session. Clark was reelected for a fourth term, was but never sworn in. In January 2002, President Bush nominated him for a seat on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The US Senate confirmed Clark’s lifetime appointment in October 2002. He now serves as the court’s chief judge.

Explore the entire Ron and Joanna Clark Collection here.