Bob Armstrong (Texas politician)
|Robert Landis "Bob" Armstrong|
|24th Commissioner of the General Land Office|
January 5, 1971 – January 4, 1983
|Governor||Preston Smith (1971-1973)|
|Preceded by||Jerry Sadler|
|Succeeded by||Garry Mauro|
|Member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 82|
|Succeeded by||John Whitmire|
|Born||November 7, 1932|
|Spouse(s)||Linda Lee Aaker Armstrong|
|Alma mater||University of Texas|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1950-1953|
Robert Landis "Bob" Armstrong (November 7, 1932 - March 1, 2015) served as a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1963 to 1970 Commissioner of the General Land Office from 1970 to 1982, and a member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission from 1985 to 1991. He was appointed assistant secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the Department of Interior by U.S. President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1998.
He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and his LL.B. from the University of Texas School of Law. While at UT, Armstrong was a member of the Texas Cowboys. He served during the Korean War as an ensign in the United States Navy.
In 1962, Bob Armstrong was elected to the Texas House of Representatives representing part of Travis County including Austin. He served in the capacity until 1970, when he was elected the Commissioner of the General Land Office. He was the Land Commissioner for twelve years until 1983.
In 1982, Armstrong ran for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination against Texas Railroad Commissioner Buddy Temple and Attorney General Mark Wells White and lost, having finished third in the primary. White, named the party nominee, then unseated Republican Governor Bill Clements in the 1982 general election. In 1985, Governor White appointed Armstrong, his former opponent, to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.
President Clinton nominated Armstrong to serve as Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Armstrong resigned that position in 1998.
Bob Armstrong dip
Armstrong holds a distinction in that he has a dip named after him. Matt's El Rancho restaurant in Austin named a concoction of queso, guacamole, taco meat, and other ingredients named a "Bob Armstrong."
|Texas House of Representatives|
||Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 82 (Austin)
John Whitmire (redistricted)
|Commissioner of the General Land Office
David C. O'Neal
|Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals Management