Former Texas governor Dolph Briscoe Jr. dies at 87

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Former Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr., who presided over the state during oil and gas boom years before a stunning upset in 1978, died Sunday, a family spokeswoman said. He was 87.

Briscoe had been hospitalized in poor health in January, but no cause of death was announced.

During his six years as governor, Texas enjoyed increasing oil and gas revenues, and Briscoe kept his campaign pledge of no new taxes.

But Briscoe lost to Atty. Gen. John Hill in the Democratic primary in 1978. Hill lost in the general election to Bill Clements, Texas’ first Republican governor since Reconstruction.


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--Associated Press