Carole Keeton Strayhorn

American politician Carole Keeton Strayhorn

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.
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Jason Stanford: Ready or Not, It's Time for Wendy Davis to Run
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Offering unsolicited advice about whether Sen. Wendy Davis should run for statewide office is like playing cops and robbers with finger guns. No one believes there's a bullet when you yell "Bang!", and no one ever gets hurt. But there are rooms in Texas where she seeks advice. There are telephone conversations, email exchanges, perhaps even texts in which she asks, "What do you think I should do?" She asks certain people, perhaps as many as can be counted on two hands. For those few, the question is live ammo, unexploded ordnance. You don't want to cut the wrong wire and blow her to bits. It reduces the risk to her advisors to hew to cautionary tales about the importance of her senate seat in preventing a Republican supermajority, Gov.-presumptive Greg Abbott's embarrassment of riches, and the difficulties in getting Anglo voters to vote for a Democrat. No one has ever looked like an idiot urging caution around dynamite. Compared to that sober advice, someone telling...
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How Rick Perry Created His State's $27 Billion Budget Crisis - AlterNet
Google News - over 6 years
The state comptroller, Carole Strayhorn, had her staff run the numbers on Perry's tax-reform proposal. “In 2007,” she wrote in a letter to Perry, “your plan is $3.4 billion short; in 2009, it is $5.4 billion short; in 2010 it is $4.9 billion short,
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Be in the know: Today's Political Bullet Points - CNN (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
In 2006, Perry defeated Carole Strayhorn for the GOP's gubernatorial nomination. In 2010, Perry defeated Kay Bailey Hutchison for the GOP nomination. In each case, Perry won against various political consultants who, should Perry get the nomination,
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Rick Casey: From school districts to court docket - Houston Chronicle
Google News - over 6 years
But as then-Comptroller Carole Strayhorn warned, the tax didn't come close to covering the difference. Until this year the difference was made up with one-time moneys, partly federal stimulus funds. But the Legislature, refusing to raise taxes or tap
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Carole Keeton Strayhorn
  • 2014
    Age 74
    She resumed her maiden name by 2014, after her third marriage ended in divorce.
  • 2009
    Age 69
    In May 2009, Keeton lost her campaign for Mayor of Austin.
  • 2006
    Age 66
    On June 22, 2006, Texas Secretary of State Roger B. Williams declared that only 108,512 signatures on her petition were valid, about 35,000 less than Friedman's count.
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    On May 9, 2006, Keeton turned in 223,000 voter signatures to the office of Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams.
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  • 2003
    Age 63
    She married Ed Strayhorn in 2003, continuing her career as Carole Keeton Strayhorn.
  • 2002
    Age 62
    Soon after the 2002 election, Keeton began publicly feuding with Governor Perry over what she saw as his inability to provide leadership on issues such as school finance and government spending.
    As Carole Keeton Rylander, she drew more than one million votes more in 2002 than she had four years earlier and outpolled fellow Republican Rick Perry by some 246,000 votes even while Perry was easily dispatching Democrat Tony Sanchez of Laredo in the governor's race.
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    Reelected in 2002, she led the statewide Republican ticket in terms of raw votes.
  • 1998
    Age 58
    In 1998, Keeton entered the open race to succeed outgoing Democratic Comptroller John Sharp of Victoria, who was seeking the lieutenant governorship.
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    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.
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  • 1995
    Age 55
    She served as commission chairman from November 1995 to January 1997, and from June 1998 to January 1999.
  • 1994
    Age 54
    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.
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  • 1984
    Age 44
    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.
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  • 1983
    Age 43
    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.
  • 1977
    Age 37
    She was elected mayor of Austin in 1977 and held that post until 1983.
  • 1976
    Age 36
    She served as president of both boards from 1976 to 1977.
  • 1972
    Age 32
    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.
  • 1939
    Born on September 13, 1939.
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