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James Albon MATTOX

(1943-2008)

MATTOX, James Albon, a Representative from Texas; born in Dallas, Dallas County, Tex., August 29, 1943; graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Dallas, Tex., 1961; B.B.A., Baylor University, Waco, Tex., 1965; J.D., Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Tex., 1968; admitted to the Texas bar in 1968; lawyer, private practice; intern, office of United States Representative Earle Cabell, 1967; assistant district attorney, Dallas County, Tex., 1968-1970; member of the Texas state house of representatives, 1973-1977; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions,1984, 1988, and 1992; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fifth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1977-January 3, 1983); was not a candidate for reelection in 1982, but was a successful candidate for Texas state attorney general; Texas state attorney general, 1983-1991; unsuccessful candidate for nomination for Governor of Texas in 1990; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate in 1994; unsuccessful nominee for Texas state attorney general in 1998; died on November 20, 2008, in Dripping Springs, Tex.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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