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Bob Bullock served as Democratic lieutenant governor of Texas – the state’s most powerful political position – for nine years. Before that he had been secretary of state, comptroller of public accounts and a member of the Texas House of Representatives. As lieutenant governor, Bullock was a major political player with Govs. Ann Richards and George W. Bush. A 1950s-style conservative democrat, Bullock helped shape state government to enter the 21st century. A crusty, combative politician, Bullock angered some Democrats when he endorsed Republican Gov. Bush for re-election over Democratic nominee Garry Mauro, a former Bullock aide.