Former Democratic Texas Gov. Mark White dies at 77
August 6, 2017
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Mark White, a Democrat who championed public education reforms that included the landmark "no-pass, no-play" policy for high school athletes during his single term in office, has died. He was 77.
The former governor, who fought kidney cancer for years, died Saturday in Houston shortly after waking up and feeling uncomfortable, according to his wife, Linda Gale White, and his son Andrew White.
"He cared about Texas deeply," his son said. "He realized that this wasn't about getting re-elected. This wasn't about being popular. This was about making Texa...