Carole Keeton Strayhorn
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Carole Keeton Strayhorn

Politician
Female
Born Sep 13, 1939

Carole Keeton Strayhorn is the former Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Elected to the comptroller's post in 1998 as a Republican, Strayhorn ran as an independent candidate for Texas governor against Republican incumbent James Richard "Rick" Perry in 2006. She lost the November general election to Perry and placed third in a six-way race, with 18 percent. Strayhorn is notable for several "firsts" in Austin and Texas politics.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1939 Birth Born on September 13, 1939.

THIRTIES

1972 32 Years Old As Carole McClellan, she served on the board of trustees of the Austin Independent School District (which doubled as the Board of Trustees of Austin Community College) from 1972 to 1977.
1976 36 Years Old She served as president of both boards from 1976 to 1977.
1977 37 Years Old She was elected mayor of Austin in 1977 and held that post until 1983.

FORTIES

1983 43 Years Old In 1983, Governor Mark White appointed Rylander to the State Board of Insurance, where she served until resigning in 1986 to challenge unsuccessfully the veteran Democratic congressman, J. J. Pickle of Austin, a longtime friend and political ally of Lyndon B. Johnson.
1984 44 Years Old In her campaigns for school board, college board, and mayor, Keeton was not identified by partisan affiliation since those posts are elected on a nonpartisan basis. Keeton was a Democrat until the mid-1980s; she served as Democratic nominee Walter Mondale's campaign chair in Travis County during the 1984 presidential election. … Read More

FIFTIES

1994 54 Years Old As Carole Keeton Rylander, she won election to the Texas Railroad Commission in 1994 by beating Democratic incumbent Mary Scott Nabers, an Ann W. Richards appointee, by almost 300,000 votes. … Read More
1995 55 Years Old She served as commission chairman from November 1995 to January 1997, and from June 1998 to January 1999.
1998 58 Years Old 1 More Event
Elected to the comptroller's post in 1998 as a Republican, Keeton ran as an independent candidate for Texas governor against Republican incumbent James Richard "Rick" Perry in 2006. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

Reelected in 2002, she led the statewide Republican ticket in terms of raw votes.
2003 63 Years Old …  She married Ed Strayhorn in 2003, continuing her career as Carole Keeton Strayhorn.
2006 66 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 9, 2006, Keeton turned in 223,000 voter signatures to the office of Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams. … Read More
2009 69 Years Old In May 2009, Keeton lost her campaign for Mayor of Austin.
2014 74 Years Old She resumed her maiden name by 2014, after her third marriage ended in divorce.
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