Some years ago, I had the great privilege of representing the people of Mason County in the U.S. House of Representatives. While I later served in the U.S. Senate and as U.S. Ambassador to three different nations, no position in public life ever gave me greater satisfaction than being your Congressman in the 1970's.
I am writing now to tell you about Bill White, who at age 19 took a semester off from college to work in my congressional office. Today, 35 years later, he seeks to be Governor of Texas. If elected, I feel certain that he will be one of the greatest Texas governors in the last 100 years.
When Bill and I worked together in Congress, federal regulations prevented Texans from receiving the same prices for the oil and gas we were producing as was paid to producers in Canada, Mexico, or the Middle East. Bill helped me draft new energy policy to end that unfair discrimination. The New York Times at that time wrote "There was no one in the House of Representatives who knew energy better (than Bob Krueger because he had) as tutor a Harvard senior named Bill White. " My House colleagues then voted me "The most effective new member of Congress" among 92 new members. Bill White made that possible. And seventeen years later, he was named U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy, that Department's second-highest position.
Bill has recently completed two terms as Mayor of Houston, being elected by Republicans, Independents, and Democrats and securing roughly 90% of the vote against five opponents. He has received the "Profiles in Courage Award" from the Kennedy Foundation for working successfully to meet the needs of 250,000 American citizens displaced by Hurricane Katrina. When the Federal government failed to respond, the City of Houston under Bill's leadership marshaled the forces - educational, housing, and job creating - to meet the needs of these hurricane-battered Americans.
The son of schoolteachers, Bill has achieved exceptional success in academics, law, business, and government. But he has always sought to do more with his life than simply achieve financial success. He gave up lucrative careers in law and business in order to serve the people of Houston, and now wishes to serve the people of Texas. He is absolutely among the most thoughtful, caring, down-home and capable people I have ever met in public service. He has the vision to see the real needs of our state in education, job creation, and responsible budgeting, and understands how to forge opportunities for success throughout all parts of the state and all portions of our population.
I hope and expect to be traveling with Bill in the months ahead, as he reaches out to meet and listen to people of Mason County, and the entire state. I urge you to meet him if you can, and to support him if you will. I have never known any person better equipped in mind, body and spirit to serve the urgent needs of our state and people than Bill White. And I thank you in advance for your consideration of him.
Robert (Bob) Krueger
Formerly, U.S. Senator, Congressman and U.S Ambassador in Mexico, Burundi, and Botswana