Former Texas State Representative Dies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BAYTOWN, Texas -- Joseph Hugh Allen --- a former state representative known for his battle to restore ethics to state government ---- died Saturday.

Crespo and Jirrels Funeral and Cremation Services says Allen died from complications related to Alzheimer's disease. He was 68.

The Baytown Democrat may have been best known for being one of the "Dirty Thirty." The group of legislators fought for ethics reform in 1971 and led to the passage of new rules.

After leaving the Legislature, Allen went to work for Getty Oil Company in 1980. Then joined Northern Natural Gas Company, which later became Enron Corp. He retired from Enron as Vice President of Government Affairs for The Americas in July of 2001.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kitty Allen, three daughters and three sons-in-law.

Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church in Baytown. Burial will be Wednesday afternoon at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.

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