Ann Richards

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Ann Richards
45th Governor of Texas
In office
January 15, 1991 – January 17, 1995
LieutenantBob Bullock
Preceded byBill Clements
Succeeded byGeorge W. Bush
Treasurer of Texas
In office
January 18, 1983 – January 15, 1991
GovernorMark White
Bill Clements
Preceded byWarren Harding
Succeeded byKay Bailey Hutchison
Member of the Travis County Commissioners Court
In office
Personal details
Dorothy Ann Willis

(1933-09-01)September 1, 1933
Lakeview, Texas, U.S. (now Lacy Lakeview)
DiedSeptember 13, 2006(2006-09-13) (aged 73)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Resting placeTexas State Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Dave Richards
(m. 1953; div. 1984)
Children4, including Cecile
EducationBaylor University (BA)
University of Texas, Austin

Dorothy Ann Willis Richards (September 1, 1933 – September 13, 2006) was an American politician and the 45th Governor of Texas. She first obtained national attention as the state treasurer of Texas, when she delivered the keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. Richards served as the 45th Governor of Texas from 1991 to 1995 and was defeated for re-election in 1994 by George W. Bush.[1] Ann Richards was the second woman governor of Texas.

Richards was born on September 1, 1933 in Lakeview, Texas. Richards was raised in Austin, Texas. She studied at Baylor University. Richards was married to David Richards from 1953 until they divorced in 1984. They have four children, including former President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards.

Richards died on September 13, 2006 just 12 days after her 73rd birthday from esophageal cancer in Austin, Texas, aged 73.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. CBS/AP, "Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards Dies At Age 73, After A Six-Month Battle With Esophageal Cancer,", September 13, 2006, web:CBSNews-Richards.
  2. AP, "Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, 73, dies" (, 2006-09-13, web:CNN-AR-obit:on death at home, with family.

Other websites[change | change source]

  • Biography of Ann Richards from Northeastern University Archived 2005-03-08 at the Wayback Machine
  • Ann Richards on IMDb
  • Remembering Ann Richards Archived 2006-12-17 at the Wayback Machine by Molly Ivins
  • "Ann Richards". Find a Grave. Retrieved August 9, 2010.