Longtime Texas Lawmaker Gammage Dead at 71

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gammage held a masters degree from Sam Houston State university, where he also taught.

AUSTIN, Texas -- Bob Gammage, a longtime Democratic lawmaker who was part of the Texas House's "Dirty 30" in the early 1970s, has died. He was 74.

Gammage was up late watching a movie and was found slumped over the following morning, said Paula Bundrant, a cousin to Gammage's wife, Linda.

Bundrant said the cause of death was believed to be a heart attack.

Gammage served in the Texas House from 1971 until 1973.

He was part of the "Dirty 30" who rallied against the speaker of the House and other officials investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Gammage also served in the Texas Senate, the U.S. Congress and on the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals and state Supreme Court justice. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006.

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