Ann Richards

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Ann Richards
Ann Richards.jpg
Richards in 1992
45th Governor of Texas
In office
January 15, 1991 – January 17, 1995
LieutenantBob Bullock
Preceded byBill Clements
Succeeded byGeorge W. Bush
Texas State Treasurer
In office
GovernorMark White (1983-1987)
Bill Clements (1987-1991)
Preceded byWarren G. Harding
Succeeded byKay Bailey Hutchison
Travis County Commissioner
In office
Personal details
Dorothy Ann Willis

(1933-09-01)September 1, 1933
Lakeview, Texas, U.S.
DiedSeptember 13, 2006(2006-09-13) (aged 73)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Resting placeTexas State Cemetery Austin, Texas
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)David Richards
(m. 1953–1984; divorced)
ChildrenCecile Richards, Daniel, Clark, and Ellen.
Alma materBaylor University

Dorothy Ann Willis Richards (September 1, 1933 – September 13, 2006) was an American politician and the 45th Governor of Texas. She first became an 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
  • Ann Richards on IMDb
  • Remembering Ann Richards by Molly Ivins
  • "Ann Richards". Find a Grave. Retrieved August 9, 2010.