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31.    David Dewhurst

David Dewhurst (1945-) was born August 18, 1945 in Houston, Texas. He was raised by his mother, a legal secretary, after his father was killed when he was almost three. He earned a B.A. degree from the University of Arizona in 1967 where he also played college basketball. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, then joined the CIA in 1971, where he was stationed in Bolivia. He left the CIA in 1974, attended law school, and returned to Houston in 1978 to enter the oil business. His initial venture, an oil field services company, was caught in the oil price crash of the early 1980s. His next venture, Falcon Seaboard, an energy and investment company he founded in 1981, made him wealthy. In his hometown of Houston, he has been a longtime civic and community leader, serving on various civic and charitable boards.

In 1998 he entered public service when he was elected Texas Land Commissioner. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, he was appointed by Governor Perry to chair the Governor's Task Force on Homeland Security. He also has served on the Governor's Business Council, on the President's Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the United States Intelligence Community, and as Chairman of the State Product Development Board. In 2002 he was elected Lieutenant Governor.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Wolfson, Monica. "David Dewhurst emphasizes insurance reform, teacher retention." Corpus Christi Caller-Times, October 20, 2002. Bryce, Robert. "David Dewhurst – the Unlikeliest (and Oddest) Candidate." Texas Observer, October 11, 2002. link: Lieutenant Governor's website.

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