Dancing the Texas two-step backwards: the public policy legacy of Ann Richards
Yachinich, Virginia Leigh
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Ann Richards, the 45th Governor of the State of Texas, is the only woman to be elected to the Governor’s Office in Texas. In addition to holding the governorship, Richards also served as Travis County Commissioner and State Treasurer. Richards established herself as a champion for women and made a name for herself by opening up government to ordinary people, taking on the well-established good ol’ boys in politics, and generally raising hell. This report examines her life, public service, policies, and her legacy, which has yet to be finished.