By:  Montford                                          S.R. No. 105
    1-1                           SENATE RESOLUTION
    1-2                               In Memory
    1-3                                  of
    1-4                      The Honorable John C. White
    1-5        WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas joins citizens
    1-6  across the nation in mourning the death of esteemed statesman
    1-7  John C. White on January 20, 1995; and
    1-8        WHEREAS, Born on November 26, 1924, on a small tenant farm
    1-9  in Clay County, this distinguished gentleman was the third and
   1-10  youngest child of Ed H. and Carrie Lou White; he attended rural
   1-11  schools and graduated from Iowa Park High School in 1942; he
   1-12  worked his way through school at Texas Tech University and earned
   1-13  his bachelor of science degree in agriculture in 1946; and
   1-14        WHEREAS, In 1950, at the age of 25, he ran for and was
   1-15  elected to the job of Texas Commissioner of Agriculture; he
   1-16  defeated a field of five candidates and was the youngest person
   1-17  ever elected to statewide office in Texas; and
   1-18        WHEREAS, John White held that position for over 26 years;
   1-19  during his tenure, he turned the agency into a modern regulatory
   1-20  agency that was a model of efficiency and served as an example to
   1-21  other state offices; the Texas Legislature, the Texas Research
   1-22  League, and state auditors cited his agency for its economy and
   1-23  effectiveness; and
    2-1        WHEREAS, A lifelong member of the Democratic Party, he was
    2-2  active in politics on the state and national level; he was selected
    2-3  to serve on the National Democratic Policy agricultural panel in
    2-4  Chicago in 1953, the first of a long series of tasks he performed
    2-5  for his party; and
    2-6        WHEREAS, In 1960, John White coordinated efforts to get out
    2-7  the vote in rural and city areas for the presidential race in
    2-8  which John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson carried the state;
    2-9  he also served as a delegate to the Democratic Convention in
   2-10  Los Angeles; and
   2-11        WHEREAS, In 1964, Commissioner White campaigned personally
   2-12  for the Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic ticket
   2-13  and they carried the state; in 1968, Hubert Humphrey selected
   2-14  John C. White to head the Humphrey campaign, and Humphrey carried
   2-15  the state in spite of the national victory of Richard M. Nixon;
   2-16  and
   2-17        WHEREAS, In 1972, he was a chairman for the presidential
   2-18  campaign of George McGovern; in addition, he helped formulate
   2-19  agricultural platform proposals for the national campaign that
   2-20  same year; and
   2-21        WHEREAS, In 1977, President Jimmy Carter selected him to
   2-22  serve as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; Deputy Secretary White
   2-23  served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1979
   2-24  through 1981, and he continued to be one of the key national and
   2-25  state political leaders; and
    3-1        WHEREAS, His decency, perseverance, and humor were a model
    3-2  for many; he dedicated his life to service to the nation and the
    3-3  Democratic Party; and
    3-4        WHEREAS, A lobbyist on behalf of Texas interests in our
    3-5  nation's capitol, he was ably and loyally supported in his
    3-6  activities by his lovely wife, Wynelle Watson; and
    3-7        WHEREAS, An advisor to presidents and other national figures,
    3-8  John C. White will live in memory as one of the great political
    3-9  figures of our time; his presence will be keenly missed; now,
   3-10  therefore, be it
   3-11        RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas,
   3-12  74th Legislature, hereby extend sincere condolences to the members
   3-13  of his bereaved family:  his wife, Wynelle Watson White; his sons,
   3-14  John Richard and Edward Prince White; and his stepchildren,
   3-15  Russell W. Coffee, Jr., Craig Allen Coffee, and Kay Lynn Andrews;
   3-16  and, be it further
   3-17        RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for his
   3-18  family as an expression of deepest sympathy from the Texas Senate,
   3-19  and that when the Senate adjourns this day, it do so in memory of
   3-20  John C. White.
   3-21                               ______________________________________
   3-22                                      President of the Senate
   3-23                                    I hereby certify that the above
   3-24                               Resolution was adopted by the Senate
   3-25                               on January 30, 1995, by a rising vote.
    4-1                               ______________________________________
    4-2                                      Secretary of the Senate
    4-3                               ______________________________________
    4-4                                        Member, Texas Senate