Ben Barnes (politician)

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Ben Barnes
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Barnes in 2019
36th Lieutenant Governor of Texas
In office
January 21, 1969 – January 16, 1973
GovernorPreston Smith
Preceded byPreston Smith
Succeeded byWilliam P. Hobby Jr.
Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives
In office
January 12, 1965 – January 14, 1969
Preceded byByron M. Tunnell
Succeeded byGus F. Mutscher
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 64th district
In office
January 8, 1963 – January 14, 1969
Preceded byO.H. Schram
Succeeded byLynn Nabers
Member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 73
In office
January 10, 1961 – January 8, 1963
Preceded byBen Sudderth
Succeeded byRichard C. Slack
Personal details
Born
Benny Frank Barnes

(1938-04-17) April 17, 1938 (age 83)
Gorman, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)(1) Divorced from the former Martha Morgan
(2) Nancy DeGraffenried
(3) Melanie Barnes
(4) Liz McDermott
ChildrenFrom first marriage:
Greg Barnes
Amy Barnes
Adopted in third marriage:
Elena Barnes
Blaire Barnes
ResidenceAustin, Texas, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin
ProfessionReal estate investor, Politician, crisis manager

Benny Frank Barnes (born April 17, 1938) is an American real estate investor, politician, and crisis manager. He was Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives from 1965 to 1969. Barnes was the 36th Lieutenant Governor of Texas from January 21, 1969 to January 16, 1973, for two two-year terms.[1]

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