"The life of Governor Bill Clements was truly a tale of the American Dream. From humble beginnings, he came of age in the Great Depression, and went on to serve his country in the Army in the Second World War. His success as a self-made entrepreneur embodied so much of the promise of our great state. When he became Governor for the first time in the historic 1978 election, he set into motion epochal changes that are still bearing fruit.
"I join Texans of every party and persuasion in mourning the passing of a great man."
Brooke L. Rollins is President and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin.