Joseph Hugh Allen

Joseph Hugh Allen

Born Jan 27, 1940

Joseph Hugh Allen was a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives from the industrial city of Baytown, who fought for ethics reform. He was among the bipartisan "Dirty Thirty" lawmakers who in 1971 pushed for the ouster of Speaker Gus Mutscher of Brenham in Washington County, who was subsequently convicted of accepting bribes in exchange for the passage of banking legislation in what is known as the Sharpstown scandal.… Read More

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1940 Birth Born on January 27, 1940.
1949 9 Years Old Born to James Viron Allen and the former Mary Azilea Ferguson, Allen resided his entire life in Baytown, which straddles the Harris and Chambers county lines. He attended public schools from 1949-1958. … Read More


1958 18 Years Old Allen served in the United States Army Security Agency from 1958 to 1961, with assignments in Japan and the Far East.


1961 21 Years Old He was named "Serviceman of the Year" in 1961 and received a Good Conduct Medal.


1974 34 Years Old According to the Houston Chronicle, Allen was known in the legislature as a jokester and a natty dresser who chose bow ties and suspenders. As a legislator in 1974, Allen was automatically a delegate to the Texas Constitutional Convention, which came within three votes of adopting a new state Constitution. … Read More
1979 39 Years Old He left the legislature in January 1979, as a Republican Bill Clements was inaugurated governor, the first member of his party to hold the office in 105 years.


1983 43 Years Old In 1983, Democratic Governor Mark Wells White named Allen to the Interstate Oil Compact Commission; he was reappointed in 1991 by Ann W. Richards. … Read More
1984 44 Years Old Allen's wife, Kitty, said that her husband maintained a passion for politics long after he left the legislature and became a lobbyist. He worked first for Getty Oil Company and then from 1984-2001 for the Northern Natural Gas Company, which became the former Enron Corporation in Houston.


2008 68 Years Old Died on May 24, 2008.
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