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Richards, Ann Willis, 1933Ė2006, American politician, b. Waco, Tex. She began her career in politics in the early 1970s after having raised four children. A Democrat, she served as county commissioner in Travis co., Tex. from 1977 to 1982. Richards was elected to the first of two terms as Texas state treasurer in 1982. A forcefully articulate and amusingly folksy speaker, she gained national prominence with her keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. In 1990 Richards was elected governor of Texas, but she did not survive the conservative Republican tide that swept the nation in 1994 and was narrowly defeated in her reelection bid by George W. Bush.

A Look Back On Ann Richards' Life

Quotes of Ann Richards  
Quotation: Teaching was the hardest work I had ever done, and it remains the hardest work I have done to date.
Quotation: I've always said that in politics, your enemies can't hurt you, but your friends will kill you.
Quotation: Let me tell you, sisters, seeing dried egg on a plate in the morning is a lot dirtier than anything I've had to deal with in politics.
Quotation: I'm really glad that our young people missed the Depression, and missed the great big war. But I do regret that they missed the leaders that I knew. Leaders who told us when things were tough, and that we would have to sacrifice, and these difficulties might last awhile. They didn't tell us things were hard for us because we were different, or isolated, or special interests. They brought us together and they gave us a sense of national purpose. [1988 keynote address, Democratic National Convention]
Quotation: I have a real soft spot in my heart for librarians and people who care about books.
Quotation: The here and now is all we have, and if we play it right it's all we'll need.
Quotation: Women elected Bill Clinton this time. He acknowledges it, the country acknowledges it, and the columnists acknowledge it, and when you have that kind of political clout, you can effect change and do it well. And I'm real proud to have been a part of that.
Quotation: I have always had the feeling I could do anything and my dad told me I could. I was in college before I found out he might be wrong.
Quotation: I believe in recovery, and I believe that as a role model I have the responsibility to let young people know that you can make a mistake and come back from it.
Quotation: They blame the low income women for ruining the country because they are staying home with their children and not going out to work. They blame the middle income women for ruining the country because they go out to work and do not stay home to take care of their children.
Quotation: I feel very strongly that change is good because it stirs up the system.
Quotation: There is a lot more to life than just struggling to make money.
Quotation: I thought I knew Texas pretty well, but I had no notion of its size until I campaigned it.
Quotation: I hope all the WASP present and past will fly high on wings of our pride in their service ... you have my profound gratitude for the legacy you have given to us and the legacy you pass on to young women today. [about the Women Airforce Service Pilots]
Quotation: Poor George, he can't help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth. [1988 keynote address, Democratic National Convention]
Quotation: I am delighted to be here with you this evening because after listening to George Bush all these years, I figured you needed to know what a real Texas accent sounds like.  [1988 keynote address, Democratic National Convention]
Quotation: "You paid the price to some degree. You lost the governorship of Texas because this country still is a little bit schizoid, isnít it, about the role of women in American politics?" [1996 question of newsman Tom Brokaw to Ann Richards]

YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS

Circa 1836; author and copyright unknown. The following version is from the 1955 Mitch Miller rendition
There's a yellow rose in Texas, that I am going to see,
Nobody else could miss her, not half as much as me.
She cried so when I left her, it like to broke my heart,
And if I ever find her, we nevermore will part.

She's the sweetest little rosebud that Texas ever knew,
Her eyes are bright as diamonds, they sparkle like the dew;
You may talk about your Clementine, and sing of Rosalee,
But the yellow rose of Texas is the only girl for me.

When the Rio Grande is flowing, the starry skies are bright,
She walks along the river in the quiet summer night:
I know that she remembers, when we parted long ago,
I promise to return again, and not to leave her so.

She's the sweetest little rosebud that Texas ever knew,
Her eyes are bright as diamonds, they sparkle like the dew;
You may talk about your Clementine, and sing of Rosalee,
But the yellow rose of Texas is the only girl for me.

Oh now I'm going to find her, for my heart is full of woe,
And we'll sing the songs together, that we sung so long ago
We'll play the bango gaily, and we'll sing the songs of yore,
And the yellow rose of Texas shall be mine forevermore.

She's the sweetest little rosebud that Texas ever knew,
Her eyes are bright as diamonds, they sparkle like the dew;
You may talk about your Clementine, and sing of Rosalee,
But the yellow rose of Texas is the only girl for me.

 

Ann Richards 1933 - 2006  

HER LIFE SHE LIVED WITH THE GREATEST ZEST
WE'LL MISS YOU DEAR ANN BUT IT'S TIME TO REST

 

 

 

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