Dorothy Ann Willis Richards was an American politician and 45th Governor of Texas. A Democrat, she first came to national attention as the Texas State Treasurer, when she delivered the keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. Richards was the second female governor of Texas and was frequently noted in the media for her outspoken feminism and her one-liners. Born in McLennan County, Texas, Ann Richards became a schoolteacher after graduating from Baylor University. She won election to the Travis County Commissioners’ Court in 1976 and took office as Texas State Treasurer in 1983. She delivered a nominating speech for Walter Mondale at the 1984 Democratic National Convention and the keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. Richards won the 1990 Texas gubernatorial election, defeating Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox in a Democratic primary run-off election and businessman Clayton Williams in the general election.
|Born:||Dorothy Ann Willis, September 1, 1933, Lakeview, Texas, U.S. (now Lacy Lakeview)|
|Died:||September 13, 2006, Austin, Texas, U.S.|
|Children:||4, including Cecile|
|Education:||Baylor University (BA), University of Texas, Austin|
|Preceded by:||Bill Clements|
|Succeeded by:||George W. Bush|
|IMDb:||Ann Richards’s IMDb|
About Ann Richards
American politician who was the 45th Governor of Texas from 1991 to 1995 after serving her state as its Treasurer. She was only the second woman to hold that office.
She earned a debate team scholarship to Baylor University before teaching at a junior high school.
She gave the keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention.
She had four children with her husband Dave.
She was defeated for re-election by George W. Bush in 1994.
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- State treasurers of Texas
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- Recipients of the Order of the Aztec Eagle
- Women in Texas politics
- Burials at Texas State Cemetery
- 20th-century American women
- Baylor University alumni
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