Robert Gammage

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Robert Gammage
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 22nd district
In office
1977–1979
Preceded by Ron Paul
Succeeded by Ron Paul
Texas Supreme Court Justice
In office
1991–1995
Preceded by C. L. Ray, Jr.
Succeeded by James A. Baker (not James A. Baker, III)
Texas Third Court of Appeals Justice
In office
1982–1991
Texas State Senator from District 7
In office
1973–1976
Preceded by Chet Brooks
Succeeded by Gene Jones
Texas State Representative from District 24-3
In office
1971–1973
Preceded by Arthur Vance
Succeeded by District rearranged
Personal details
Born Robert Alton Gammage
(1938-03-13)March 13, 1938
Houston, Texas
Died September 10, 2012(2012-09-10) (aged 74)
Austin, Texas
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Linda Gammage
Alma mater Milby High School

Del Mar College
University of Corpus Christi
Sam Houston State University
University of Texas Law School

Occupation Lawyer; Professor
Military service
Service/branch United States Army

United States Navy
United States Navy Reserve captain

Robert Alton "Bob" Gammage (March 13, 1938 – September 10, 2012) was a Texas politician, having served as a Democrat in the Texas House of Representatives, the Texas State Senate, and the United States House of Representatives.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Gammage was born in Houston and attended Milby High School there. He earned undergraduate degrees from Del Mar College and the University of Corpus Christi, both in Corpus Christi. He obtained a masters degree from Sam Houston State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned an LLM from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Before Gammage entered politics, he served in the United States Army and the Navy. He retired as a captain in the United States Navy Reserve. Throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s, Gammage was employed on the faculty the University of Corpus Christi, San Jacinto College, and the South Texas College of Law. In the late 1990s and early 2000s (decade), he taught at Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (formerly the University of Corpus Christi), Texas State University in San Marcos, and Roman Catholic-affiliated St. Edwards University in Austin.

Gammage served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1971 to 1973. Gammage was a member of the so-called "Dirty 30," a bipartisan group of legislators that pushed for reform in the 1970s in the wake of the Sharpstown scandal in which then state House Speaker Gus Mutscher of Brenham in Washington County was convicted and sentenced to five years probation for conspiring to accept a bribe.[2]

Gammage was a member of the Texas State Senate from 1973 to 1976, when he was elected to the 95th Congress, having unseated then freshman Republican Ron Paul. He served only one term in Congress, having been unseated by Paul in 1978. From 1979 to 1980, Gammage was assistant state attorney general under Attorney General Mark Wells White. In 1980, he was a special consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy under U.S. President Jimmy Carter, the last Democrat to win the electoral votes of Texas.

In 1982, Gammage was elected as a justice to the Texas Third Court of Appeals in Austin and served in that position until 1991. He was elected in 1990 to the Texas Supreme Court, on which he served from 1991 until 1995. In 2006, Gammage lost the Texas gubernatorial Democratic primary election to former U.S. Representative Chris Bell of Houston. Bell was then defeated by incumbent Republican Rick Perry.

On May 27, 2008, Gammage delivered the funeral eulogy for his former "Dirty Thirty" colleague Joseph Hugh Allen, a former representative from Baytown.

In 2008, Gammage worked in the unsuccessful campaign to nominate Hillary Rodham Clinton for U.S. president, having traveled to Iowa to meet with voters. According to his wife, Lynda Gammage, he spent his last years often performing pro bono legal work for the needy.[2]

Gammage died at the age of seventy-four in his Llano home of an apparent heart attack on September 10, 2012.

Texas House Bills and House Joint Resolutions written by Gammage[edit]

1971

  • HB 249, Relating to the regulation of practice used in the collection of debts,
  • HB 250, Relating to the awarding of attorney's fees in any civil action in which the court finds that equity would be served by the award,
  • HB 251, Removing insurance companies from coverage exemption,
  • HB 307, Relating to the definition of deceptive trade practices in the conduct of any trade or commerce,
  • HB 592 Providing for the compensation to the county attorneys in certain counties,
  • HB 711, Creating two family district courts for Harris County,
  • HB 921, Relating to an accused's right to an examining trial before an indictment,
  • HB 1356, Relating to the casting of contempt upon flags of the United States,
  • HB 1357, Relating to the jurisdiction of the municipal courts of Texas and to the punishment for certain misdemeanor offenses,
  • HB 1359, Relating to the abolition of the Parks and Wildlife Department and the transfer of the powers, duties, and functions to tow newly established agencies,
  • HB 1660, Relating to the creation and jurisdiction of municipal courts in certain cities and the election of municipal judges,
  • HB 1661, Creating the La Porte Utility District,
  • HB 1743, Creating Sagemeadow Utility District,
  • HB 1801, Relating to the registration and filing of financial statements by persons engaged in representations before the Legislature and state agencies,
  • HB 1843, Relating to the pay of election judges and clerks,
  • HB 1857, Relating to the assignment of certain retired district judges to sit in certain courts,
  • HJR 76, Reducing the minimum service requirement for eligibility under the teacher retirement system from ten years to five years.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bob Gammage, former officeholder, dies". KXAN.com. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Former rep Bob Gammage was part of 'Dirty 30'", Laredo Morning Times, September 11, 2012, p. 9A

External links[edit]

Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Arthur Vance
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 24-3 (Houston)

1971–1973
Succeeded by
Obsolete district
Texas Senate
Preceded by
Chet Brooks
Texas Senate, District 7
1973–1976
Succeeded by
Gene Jones
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ron Paul
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 22nd congressional district

1977-1979
Succeeded by
Ron Paul
Legal offices
Preceded by
C.L. Ray, Jr.
Texas Supreme Court Justice,
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1991-1995
Succeeded by
James A. Baker