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Speaker Turman Campaigns for Lieutenant Governor

Gordon Wilkison

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    •  The Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives James A. Jimmy Turman today announced at the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor.  In announcing his candidacy, he said: 
    •  I have today announced as a Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor.  I have withheld announcing earlier because of the vital work of the special session.  I feel the experience, training, and serious responsibilities as President Officer of the Texas House of Representatives particularly qualify me for Presiding Officer of the Texas Senate. 
    •  During this campaign I will earnestly solicit support of all Texans and just as earnestly strive to merit that support.  My record as Presiding Officer of the Texas House with its complex rules has been one of fairness and firmness.  I will pursue that very same course if elected to preside over the Texas Senate. 
     
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    Speaker Turman speaks to the camera in this paid political telecast in which he promises to preside over the Texas Senate with "fairness and firmness" if elected lieutenant governor.

    Born in 1927 in Leonard, James A. "Jimmy" Turman served as the 64th Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives from 1961 through 1963, and was the first Speaker ever to hold a doctoral degree. In 1962, he ran for the office of lieutenant governor, narrowly losing to Preston Smith.

    Gordon Wilkison began work as a cameraman at the local Austin television station KTBC (now FOX 7) during 1952, its first year of operation.  At the time the station was owned by the Texas Broadcasting Company, which was owned by Senator Lyndon B. and Lady Bird Johnson. This relationship would continue to shape Wilkison's career well into the next decades - during the Johnson administration, Wilkison covered the president's visits to Texas, preparing material for national and international news correspondents. 
     
    A particularly notable moment is his career occurred on August 1, 1966, when Wilkison and KTBC reporter Neal Spelce risked their lives to capture footage of the Tower shooting at the University of Texas. 
     
    Wilkison was also the General Manager of Photo Processors at the LBJ Broadcasting Corporation, which he later took over and renamed Cenetex Film Labs. In addition to his camera work and film processing, his work at the station also included direction of a number of television film productions.
     
    Outside of KTBC, Wilkison shot, edited, and processed Longhorn football game footage for the University of Texas, a partnership that lasted nearly 30 years.    
     
    Recognizing the historical value of film and news footage, Wilkison kept the material, later contributing hundreds of reels to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image's collection.