Travis LaRue

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Travis LaRue
Mayor of Austin, Texas
In office
1969–1971
Preceded by Harry Akin
Succeeded by Roy Butler
Personal details
Born January 6, 1913
Died November 14, 2009(2009-11-14) (aged 96)
Residence Austin, Texas
Profession Politician

Travis Leldon LaRue (January 6, 1913 – November 14, 2009) was an American politician who served as the Mayor of Austin, Texas, from 1969 until 1971. LaRue was the last Mayor of Austin to be elected by Austin City Council rather than a direct election by city voters.[1]

LaRue was elected Mayor by the Austin City Council in 1969, becoming the last mayor to be chosen by the city council.[1] In 1971, LaRue ran for a second term in Austin's first direct mayoral election. However, LaRue was soundly defeated by challenger Roy Butler in a landslide election. Butler received 65% of the voter, while incumbent Mayor LaRue garnered just 15%.[2]

LaRue died on November 14, 2009, at the age of 96.[1] A private memorial service was held at the Weed-Corley-Fish funeral home in Austin.[1] In a statement, current Mayor of Austin Lee Leffingwell expressed condolences on LaRue's death, "Mayor LaRue served during a period when the City Council chose one of their own to serve as mayor. As a public servant, Mayor Larue dedicated much of his time and energy to ensuring the welfare of our community. Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Mayor Travis Larue."[1]

Ironically, LaRue died just one day after the death of his successor as Mayor of Austin, Roy Butler.[3] Butler died of complications from a fall on November 13, 2009, at the age of 83.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "41st mayor of Austin dies at age 96". News 8 Austin. 2009-11-16. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  2. ^ "Office of the City Clerk - Election History April 3, 1971". Austin Office of the City Clerk. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  3. ^ a b Coppola, Sarah (2009-11-13). "Former Austin mayor Roy Butler dies". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 2009-12-18.