Bill Clements

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Date of Birth April 13, 1917
Place of Birth Dallas, Texas
Date of Death May 29, 2011 (94)
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Bill Clements

William Perry Clements Jr. was an American businessman and Republican Party politician who served two non-consecutive terms as Governor of Texas between 1979 and 1991. His terms bookended the sole term served by Mark Wells White, a Democrat who defeated Clements in the 1982 election only to lose his campaign for re-election in 1986. When Clements was first sworn in in 1979, he became the first Republican to have served as governor of Texas since Reconstruction. When Clements left office for good at the end of his second term in 1991, his eight total years in office were the most served by any Texas governor until Rick Perry surpassed his total in 2009. Clements was the first governor to be elected to multiple terms since Texas changed its constitution in 1972 to extend their governor's term of office to four years; since then, Perry and his predecessor, George W. Bush and successor, Greg Abbott, also Republicans, have also won multiple terms.

Born: William Perry Clements Jr, April 13, 1917, Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Died: May 29, 2011, Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Resting place: Grove Hill Memorial Park Dallas, Texas
Political party: Republican
Spouse(s): Pauline Allen Gill, Rita Crocker Clements
Children: 2, 4 stepchildren
Residence: Dallas, Texas
Alma mater: Southern Methodist University (dropped out)
Profession: Oil driller
Lieutenant: William P. Hobby Jr.
Preceded by: Mark White
Succeeded by: Ann Richards

About Bill Clements

Republican politician and 42nd and 44th Governor of Texas. He became known for his efforts to work with Mexico on important border issues.

Before Fame

He served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers during World War II.

Achievement

In 1947, he founded a major Texas offshore oil drilling corporation.

Family Life

Through his marriages to Pauline Gill and Rita Crocker Clements, he fathered two children and helped raise four stepchildren.

Associations

He served as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense during the administration of President Richard Nixon .

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  • Clements Center for National Security - The Clements Center for National Security is a nonpartisan policy and research center at the University of Texas at Austin. The Center is named after former Texas Governor and Deputy Secretary of Defense Bill Clements.
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