Ben Barnes

Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives (1965 - 1969), Lieutenant Governor (1969 - 1973)

Born in 1938 in Gorman, Ben Barnes won a seat to the Texas House of Representatives while still a student at University of Texas Austin.  In 1965, at the age of 26, Barnes was elected the youngest House speaker in state history.  During his time in politics, he prioritized the financial needs of the state’s colleges and universities, helped pass legislation enforcing a minimum wage for farm laborers, and played a significant role in the passage of clean air and water legislation.
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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, September 15 - 23, 1968
KHOU news clips from September 1968, including a segment about the New Democratic Coalition of Texas
The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, June and July 1966
KHOU news clips from June and July 1966, including color footage from the Gemini 9A mission
The KCTV News Collection - The Miss Wool of America Pageant 1970
Silent news footage of the Miss Wool Pageant of America in 1970
Texas State Capitol at Night
Late night at the Texas state capitol building-- footage from the film Mr. Speaker with Ben Barnes.
Speaker Barnes on Tax Legislation (1967)
Speaker of the Texas House Ben Barnes comments on tax bills to be debated by the 60th Texas Legislature
Speaker Barnes in Favor of the House Appropriation Bill
Speaker of the Texas House Ben Barnes comments on a House Appropriation Bill during the 60th Texas Legisl...
Speaker Barnes Responds to Governor Connally’s Tax Bill (1967)
Speaker of the Texas House Ben Barnes expresses concern over Governor John Connally's proposed $140 milli...
Speaker Barnes Responds to Governor Connally's Tax Proposal (1967)
Speaker of the Texas House Ben Barnes responds to Governor John Connally's tax proposals to the 60th Texa...
Speaker Barnes Reports Texas Congressional Districts Unconstitutional
Speaker of the Texas House Ben Barnes reports that Texas congressional districts are unconstitutional
Speaker Barnes Reports Governor Connally’s State Program (1967)
Speaker of the Texas House Ben Barnes comments on Governor John Conally's proposed State program for the ...
Speaker Barnes Outlines the 60th Legislature's Final Weeks (1967)
Texas Speaker of the House Ben Barnes forecasts the remaining two weeks of the 60th Texas Legislature
Speaker Barnes Forecasts the Upcoming Week (1967)
Speaker of the Texas House Ben Barnes predicts a busy week ahead of the 60th Texas Legislature
Speaker Barnes Favors Adjusting Conference Committees (1967)
Speaker of the Texas House Ben Barnes comments on the Texas House of Represenatives' adjustment to confer...
Speaker Barnes Comments on Governor Connally’s State Program (1967)
Speaker of the Texas House Ben Barnes comments on Governor John Conally's proposed State program for the ...
Speaker Barnes Comments on Conference Committees (1967)
Speaker of the Texas House Ben Barnes comments on the Texas House of Represenatives' adjustment to confer...
Speaker Barnes Argues To Amend The Texas Constitution (1967)
Speaker of the Texas House Ben Barnes argues in favor of amending the Texas Constitution during the 60th ...
Speaker Barnes Addresses a New City Sales Tax, no. 2 (1967)
Speaker of the Texas House Ben Barnes comments on a city sales tax bill during 60th Texas Legislature.
Speaker Barnes Addresses a New City Sales Tax, no. 1 (1967)
Speaker of the Texas House Ben Barnes comments on a city sales tax
Speaker Barnes Argues for Texas State Employee Pay Increase (1967)
Footage of Speaker Ben Barnes explaining his support of a proposed state employee pay raise
Speaker Barnes Explains Daylight Savings Time for Texas
Get ready to set your watches forward as Speaker Barnes explains the effect of Daylight Saving Time on Te...
Newly Appointed Ben Barnes Opens the 59th Legislature
An insider's look at the 1965 swearing-in ceremony of the 59th Texas State Legislature its newly appointe...
Mr. Speaker
A look at a day in the life of Ben Barnes, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives during the 59th ...
Dinner in Honor of Ben and Martha Barnes (1963)
Footage of a 1963 dinner given in honor of Ben and Martha Barnes
Crawford Martin's 1966 Campaign for Texas Attorney General, no. 1 - Barbecue
Footage of a barbecue picnic honoring Martin where the politician greets supporters while everyone eats
Ben Barnes Zilker Zephyr Whistle Stop (c. 1972)
Spoof of a regular whistle stop campaign where Ben Barnes arrives on the Zilker Zephyr train in Austin
Ben Barnes Campaign Train (1972)
Footage from a Barnes political rally, featuring a live band
Austin News Clips (c. 1970)
Silent footage of newsclips, primarily Texas politicians and UT football, from the early 1970s