Clements Legislative Study Program
The Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute (TCCRI) is strengthening the next generation of conservative leaders through a legislative study program at the State Capitol. Interns will serve as full-time legislative assistants to conservative state legislators during the 84th Legislative Session, beginning in January 2015. Each Governor William P. Clements, Jr. Scholar will work in the office of a state legislator to help prepare bill research summaries, bill tracking, constituent correspondence, and other office assignments. Clements Scholars will also work directly with TCCRI. Those accepted into the program will be paid a monthly stipend to assist with living expenses.
Clements Legislative Study Program Chairmen
Public Sector Co-Chairmen: Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick
Private Sector Chairman: Rossanna Salazar, ROSS Communications
William P. Clements
April 13, 1917 – May 29, 2011
Early Career: After his family lost their farm in the Depression, Clements worked as an oil-field roughneck before attending college. The oil fields interested him more than school and he began a career in drilling. In 1947, he and two partners borrowed the money to buy two oil drilling rigs, a venture that grew into SEDCO, the world’s largest offshore drilling company. Clements served as deputy U.S. secretary of defense in the Nixon and Ford administrations.
Accomplishments:Clements stunned political observers when he won an upset victory to become the state’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction. He brought his business acumen to state government, insisting on sound budgeting and management policies. He also worked for tough anti-crime measures and improvements in the teaching of basics in the public schools, and made strides in improving Texas relations with Mexico. The beginnings of a severe economic downturn led to Clements’ defeat for reelection in 1982.
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