PARKER, Walt (b. 1918)

Profession: builder, Farmer-rancher
Notable: member of Sixty-first Texas Legislature
Political Service: Texas House of Representatives
Political Party: Democrat

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Builder, farmer-rancher, member of the Texas House of Representatives from Denton, Democrat. His experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-first Legislature. Biographical information; revenue legislation; influence of lobbyists; state minimum wage law; creation of new four-year colleges; committee appointments; changes in state sales tax exemptions; comments about Governor Preston Smith.
Date of Interview: February 4, 1970

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Builder, farmer-rancher, member of the Texas House of Representatives from Denton, Democrat. His experiences and personal views as a member of the Regular and First Special Session of the Sixty-second Legislature. Revenue bills; corporate profits tax; Sharpstown stock-fraud scandal; legislative ethics; “Dirty Thirty”; appropriations; redistricting; University of Texas at Dallas; personal legislation.
Date of Interview: July 29, 1971

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Builder, farmer-rancher, member of the Texas House of Representatives from Denton, Democrat. His experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-third Texas Legislature. Freshmen legislators; reform legislation; appropriations; comments about Governor Dolph Briscoe.
Date of Interview: July 17, 1973

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Builder, farmer-rancher, member of the Texas House of Representatives from Denton, Democrat. His experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-fourth Legislature. Selection of Bill Clayton as Speaker of the House; committee appointments; constitutional revision; public school financing; public utilities legislation; personal legislation.
Date of Interview: September 19, 1975

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Builder, farmer-rancher, member of the Texas House of Representatives from Denton, Democrat. His experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-fifth Legislature. Budget surplus; highway appropriations; public school financing; Peveto Bill and property taxation; personal legislation.
Date of Interview: September 9, 1977

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For Richard Rafes’s dissertation, “The Historical Development of Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine as a State Medical School, 1960-1975.” Former Texas state legislator. Professional background; creation of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Date of Interview: July 19, 1990

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