Jim Granberry

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James Harlan "Jim" Granberry, Sr.
Mayor of Lubbock, Texas, USA
In office
1970–1972
Preceded by W.D. "Dub" Rogers, Jr.
Succeeded by Morris W. Turner
Lubbock City Council member
In office
1966–1970
Personal details
Born 1932 (age 81–82)
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Edwina Brown Granberry (born 1936)
Children James Granberry, Jr. (born 1965)

Zachary Granberry (born 1967)
Tim Granberry
Susan Granberry
Leslie Granberry
Grandchildren:
Ryan Granberry (born 1997)
McKenna Granberry (born 1999)
Aidan Granberry (born 2001)

Residence Tyler, Smith County, Texas
Occupation Dentist

James Harlan Granberry, Sr., known as Jim Granberry (born 1932), is a former mayor of Lubbock, Texas, who guided the city through a series of tornadoes that shattered the region on May 11, 1970. He imposed a curfew to restore order. He had just become mayor when the tornadoes occurred. He served only one two-year term from 1970-1972. He was a member of the Lubbock City Council from 1966-1970. He did not seek a second two-year term in 1972 and was succeeded by city councilman Morris W. Turner. Mayors and council members in Texas are all officially nonpartisan, but Granberry was known to be a Republican.

In 1974, Granberry was the Texas Republican gubernatorial nominee. He won only 7 of the 254 counties and hence lost the general election by a wide margin to incumbent Democratic Governor Dolph Briscoe of Uvalde.

Gubernatorial race[edit]

Granberry, a dentist, was opposed for the Republican gubernatorial nomination by Odell McBrayer, the candidate of what later became known as the "Religious Right". Granberry handily defeated McBrayer, an attorney, 53,617 votes (77.6 percent) to 15,489 ballots (22.4 percent) in a low-turnout primary.

Granberry was the choice of Republican U.S. Senator John G. Tower, the nominal head of the Texas GOP at the time. He would carry his party's tattered banner in the year in which the national party was dragged down by the Watergate scandal, which had forced the resignation of U.S. President Richard M. Nixon.

Dolph Briscoe hence swamped Granberry in the strongly Democratic year nationwide. Briscoe polled 1,016,334 votes (61.4 percent), compared to 514,725 (31.1 percent) for Granberry, and 93,295 for the Hispanic Raza Unida Party nominee, Ramsey Muñiz, who had also been the La Raza candidate in 1972. Another approximately thirty thousand ballots were cast for other candidates. Briscoe, who had served the last two-year gubernatorial term in Texas, therefore became the first Texas governor to win a four-year term since the establishment of the Texas Constitution of 1876. Yet, Briscoe polled 617,159 fewer votes against Granberry than he had with his initial election in 1972 against the conservative Republican Henry Cushing Grover of Houston, because of a much lower turnout in 1974.

Bush "Beer Bash"[edit]

In 1978, Granberry advised congressional candidate George W. Bush, who was seeking to succeed the retiring veteran Democrat George Mahon of Lubbock. Bush said that Granberry urged him to "go negative" against then Democrat Kent Hance, but Bush declined to do so. An advertisement appeared in the Texas Tech University newspaper in Lubbock which invited students to a "beer bash" at Granberry's home to drum up support for Bush. Hance, who defeated Bush in that election, attributed his victory more to the endorsement by Mahon than from public outrage over the "beer bash."

Later years[edit]

In 1989, William Perry "Bill" Clements, Jr., the first Texas Republican governor since Reconstruction, appointed Granberry as chairman of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole. He resigned in the summer of 1991.

Granberry has a son, James H. Granberry, Jr. (born 1965), who practices law in Bryan, the seat of Brazos County. Granberry resides in Tyler, the seat of Smith County in East Texas. He also has a son named Zach Granberry (born 1967), who lives in Houston with three children, Ryan (born 1997), McKenna (born 1999), and Aidan (born 2001). Zach is married to Melissa Rotan Granberry (born 1969).

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Preceded by
W.D. "Dub" Rogers, Jr.
Mayor of Lubbock, Texas

James Harlan "Jim" Granberry, Sr.
1970–1972

Succeeded by
Morris W. Turner
Party political offices
Preceded by
Henry Grover
Republican gubernatorial nominee in Texas

James Harlan "Jim" Granberry, Sr.
1974

Succeeded by
William Perry "Bill" Clements, Jr.