BUDA, Texas (AP) - Former Texas House speaker Reuben Senterfitt, who co-authored legislation that created the world-famous M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, has died at age 96.
Son Barry Senterfitt says the longtime state lawmaker died Wednesday at an assisted-living center in Buda of complications from pneumonia. Funeral is scheduled for Friday in San Saba.
Senterfitt first won election to the House from San Saba County in the Texas in 1941 at age 23 as a representative of San Saba County in Central Texas. In his first year in the House, he co-authored a bill that created the M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, which became one of the leading cancer research institutions in the nation.
He served two terms as speaker, from 1951 to 1955.