Former gov­er­nor to lie in state at Capi­tol

White’s body will be brought to Austin af­ter fu­neral in Hous­ton.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Chuck Lin­dell clin­dell@states­man.com

Former Gov. Mark White, who died Sat­ur­day in Hous­ton, will lie in state Thurs­day af­ter­noon in the Capi­tol Ro­tunda so mem­bers of the pub­lic can pay their re­spects to one of the last Democrats to lead Texas.

An­nounc­ing the ar­range­ments on be­half of White’s fam­ily, Gov. Greg Ab­bott said his pre­de­ces­sor’s fu­neral will be at 11 a.m. Wed­nes­day at Sec­ond Bap­tist Church in Hous­ton.

After­ward, White’s body will be brought to Austin and will lie in state in the Ro­tunda — where his por­trait has been draped in black — from noon to 3 p.m. Thurs­day. White will be buried in the Texas State Ceme­tery in East Austin dur­ing a cer­e­mony for fam­ily mem­bers, Ab­bott said.

Texas and U.S. flags will re­main at half-staff un­til sun­set Thurs­day.

White, one of the last lead­ers of the Demo­cratic Party’s con­ser­va­tive wing, served as at­tor­ney gen­eral for four years be­gin­ning in 1979, when he clashed fre­quently and pub­licly with Repub­li­can Gov. Bill Cle­ments, set­ting up a ri­valry that de­fined Texas pol­i­tics through the 1980s.

White took on Cle­ments in 1982, de­feat­ing the Repub­li­can de­spite be­ing vastly out­spent. His time in the Gov­er­nor’s Man­sion is best known for ed­u­ca­tion poli­cies that in­cluded teacher pay raises, lim­its on ele­men­tary school class sizes, a ba­sic-skills grad­u­a­tion test for high school stu­dents and a tax in­crease to help pay for schools.

Cle­ments un­seated White af­ter one term in of­fice in 1986.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Ex-Gov. Mark White’s por­trait in the Capi­tol Ro­tunda has been draped in black.

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