Billy Hall (Texas politician)

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William N. "Billy" Hall, Jr.
Texas State Representative from District 57 (Webb County)
In office
1973–1987
Preceded by Honore Ligarde
Succeeded by Henry Cuellar
Treasurer of Webb County, Texas
In office
1995 – February 19, 2002
Preceded by Mike Urdiales
Succeeded by Delia Perales
Personal details
Born (1940-08-20)August 20, 1940
Laredo, Webb County
Texas, USA
Died February 19, 2002(2002-02-19) (aged 61)
Laredo, Texas
Resting place Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Laredo, Texas
Nationality Hispanic-American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Annabelle Uribe Hall
Children William N. Hall, III
Residence Laredo, Texas
Alma mater Martin High School

University of Texas at Austin

Occupation Journalist; Educator; Banker
Religion Roman Catholic

William N. "Billy" Hall, Jr. (August 20, 1940 – February 19, 2002), was a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives from Laredo, Texas, who served in District 57 from 1973 to 1987.[1] He was subsequently the county treasurer of Webb County from 1995 until his death.

Background[edit]

In 1959, Hall graduated from Martin High School, where he was a football player. The Martin team on which Hall played won the district championship in 1958. In 1963, Hall graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism. He was the former publisher of the South Texas Citizen, a newspaper started by his father, William Hall, Sr. Thereafter, Hall, Jr., sold the paper to a businessman in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. A former teacher, Hall was later an officer with the International Bank of Commerce owned by former gubernatorial candidate Tony Sanchez of Laredo.

Political career[edit]

Hall's House tenure corresponded with the administrations of Governors Dolph Briscoe, Bill Clements, and Mark Wells White. He did not seek an eighth two-year term in 1986 but instead contested the Democratic primary for the Texas State Senate, having lost to fellow Democrat Judith Zaffirini, a public relations specialist from Laredo. In the legislature, Hall was a strong advocate of Laredo State University (subsequently Texas A&M International University and located on a new campus off the Bob Bullock Expressway in east Laredo. Hall was a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, chaired the Law Enforcement and Liquor Regulation committees, and served on the Revenue and Taxation Committee.

In 1987, Republican Governor Bill Clements named the Democrat Hall to the National Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.[2]

Entrance to the William N. "Billy" Hall Administrative Building annex of the Webb County Courthouse.
The William N. "Billy" Hall, Jr. Student Union building at Laredo Community College South Campus

In January 1995, Hall was appointed Webb County treasurer by the commissioners court after the previous treasurer, Mike Urdiales, resigned to become one of the four precinct commissioners. Hall was elected to a full term in 1998, but he died of congestive heart failure during the primary campaign of 2002, when he was a candidate for a second term. Hall's great-grandfather, A. M. Bruni, was also a Webb County treasurer. Hall was succeeded as treasurer by fellow Democrat Delia Perales, who in the general election defeated the Republican candidate, the late Joe A. Guerra, a former five-term member of the Laredo City Council.

In 2007, the Webb County Commissioners Court named the county administrative building after Hall. There is a bronze bust of Hall in the lobby of the building.[3] Hall is also honored through the William N. "Billy" Hall Student Center on the Laredo Community College South Campus, located off U.S. Highway 83 in southeastern Laredo.

Hall was married to the former Annabelle Uribe (born ca. 1947). Their son is William Hall, III.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hispanics in Government: The Tejano Struggle for Representation". houstonculture.org. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ "William P. Clements, Jr. Papers: Appointments, 1987-1990". tamu.edu. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ Clay Reddick, "Unveiling marks naming building after former Webb treasurer", Laredo Morning Times, August 21, 2007
Preceded by
Honore Ligarde
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 57 (Laredo)

1973–1987
Succeeded by
Henry Cuellar
Preceded by
Mike Urdiales
Treasurer of Webb County, Texas
1995–2002
Succeeded by
Delia Perales