The first republican governor in Texas since the reconstruction period has died. Former Governor Bill Clements passed away Sunday in a Dallas-area hospital. He was 94 years old.
Clements took office in 1979 and served one term. He had never held an elected office before then, shocking the Texas political establishment in 1978. Clements was also only the second republican to win any state-wide office since the reconstruction era. Texas Governor Rick Perry has called Clements a "fiercely independent and visionary trail-blazer'' and "one of the most influential leaders in Texas history.''