H.R. No. 41
         WHEREAS, The State of Texas lost a bold champion of social
  progress and stalwart enemy of corruption with the passing of
  former state representative Frances Tarlton "Sissy" Farenthold of
  Houston on September 26, 2021, at the age of 94; and
         WHEREAS, The former Frances Tarlton was born in Corpus
  Christi on October 2, 1926; she was the daughter of Benjamin Dudley
  Tarlton Jr., a prominent attorney, and Catherine "Catty" Bluntzer
  Tarlton, and she was also influenced by the legacy of her paternal
  grandfather, who had served as a state representative and a chief
  justice of the Court of Civil Appeals; after attending The Hockaday
  School in Dallas, she earned her bachelor's degree in political
  science from Vassar College at the age of 19; and
         WHEREAS, She enrolled at The University of Texas School of
  Law and was one of just eight women to graduate in the Class of 1949,
  after which she joined her father's law firm; the following year,
  she married George Farenthold, and the couple became the parents of
  five children, James, Vincent, George, Benjamin "Dudley", and
  Emilie; though she placed her career on hold while raising her
  children, she became increasingly active in the civic life of
  Corpus Christi in the early 1960s, serving as a member of the city's
  Human Relations Commission and as director of Nueces County Legal
  Aid and fighting to prevent the obstruction of shoreline views in
  the area; and
         WHEREAS, In 1968, when Ms. Farenthold launched a successful
  bid for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives, women
  candidates were rare; sworn into office at the start of the 61st
  Legislature the following January, she was the only woman serving
  in the chamber and one of just two in the entire legislature;
  pursuing a range of progressive measures during her two terms in
  office, she sought to protect the environment, advance civil
  rights, strengthen the social safety net, and improve public
  education; joining with her state senate counterpart, Barbara
  Jordan, she cosponsored the Texas Equal Rights Amendment and
  secured its passage; and
         WHEREAS, Perhaps best known for promoting transparency and
  ethics reform, Representative Farenthold played a prominent role in
  focusing public attention on the corruption exposed by the
  Sharpstown scandal, which erupted in 1971; leading a group of
  like-minded legislators that became known as the Dirty Thirty, she
  demanded an investigation of the house speaker and others, and the
  group's efforts helped bring about a sea change in Texas politics;
  many of those connected to the scandal saw their political careers
  come to an end, and the Dirty Thirty continued to effect reforms at
  the State Capitol even after Representative Farenthold left office
  at the end of the 62nd Legislature; and
         WHEREAS, In 1972, Ms. Farenthold ran for governor, and
  although she lost a runoff in the Democratic primary, she played a
  central role in shaping the national party's reformist platform
  that year; she placed second in the voting for the vice presidential
  candidate, besting the likes of Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy, and
  became the first woman to garner significant support for that place
  on the ticket; the next year, she was elected as the inaugural chair
  of the National Women's Political Caucus; and
         WHEREAS, Ms. Farenthold went on to serve for four years as
  the first female president of Wells College in Aurora, New York,
  which was then a women-only institution; while balancing its budget
  and expanding student recruitment, she cofounded the Public
  Leadership Education Network to encourage young women to pursue
  careers in public service; returning to Texas, she resumed the
  practice of law and joined the faculties of Texas Southern
  University and the University of Houston, where she taught one of
  the nation's first classes on gender-based discrimination; and
         WHEREAS, Elevating her activism to the international level,
  Ms. Farenthold joined the board of the Helsinki Watch Committee,
  precursor of Human Rights Watch, led protests against apartheid in
  South Africa, and participated in peace, human rights, and
  environmental efforts around the globe; she was also chair of the
  Institute for Policy Studies in Washington and a member of the
  advisory board of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human
  Rights and Justice at The University of Texas School of Law; other
  notable achievements included serving as chair of the interfaith
  Rothko Chapel in Houston for three decades and as executive
  producer of the 2009 documentary Quest for Honor; her myriad
  accolades include the inaugural Molly Ivins Lifetime Achievement
  Award from the ACLU of Texas, the Lyndon Johnson Lifetime Service
  Award from the Democratic Party of Texas, and the 2013 Women of
  Courage Award from the National Women's Political Caucus; and
         WHEREAS, Sissy Farenthold devoted herself wholeheartedly to
  making the world more just, peaceful, and humane, and although she
  is deeply missed, her vision and compassion will remain a lasting
  source of inspiration in the years to come; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 87th Texas
  Legislature, 3rd Called Session, hereby pay tribute to the life of
  the Honorable Frances Tarlton "Sissy" Farenthold and extend sincere
  condolences to all who mourn her passing; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for her family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Sissy
  A. Johnson of Harris
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 41 was unanimously adopted by a rising
  vote of the House on October 14, 2021.
  Chief Clerk of the House