Congressman Jack Brooks (D-Texas) – Biography
Congressman Jack Brooks, one of the longest serving members of the House of Representatives from Texas, earned national recognition for his major contributions to civil rights legislation, his dogged protection of civil liberties, his role as a watchdog over government spending and operations, and his part in the impeachment proceedings of President Richard M. Nixon. A lifelong Democrat with a reputation for straight talk and extensive constitutional and legal knowledge, Brooks represented the Second Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 1953 through 1966 and the Ninth Congressional District from 1967 through 1995. He served for more than fifteen years as the dean of the Texas congressional delegation.Share Read More
Southeast Texas is enjoying yet another boom in the petro-chemical industry, with several billion dollar projects underway and planned for the next 10 years. Along with the current and projected employment increases have come hundreds of new retail outlets and restaurants to further diversify the economy. Additional areas of growth have been in healthcare, with two new hospitals, research and development; food processing, tourism, aircraft and metals and construction.Share Read More
An effort to rename the Southeast Texas Regional Airport received a big lift Monday.
Jefferson County Commissioners Court approved a resolution to rename the airport after Jack Brooks. Brooks represented this area in Congress for more than 40 years. He and his wife live in Beaumont.
Commissioners approved the resolution after hearing from attorney Hubert Oxford III. Oxford spoke before commissioners two weeks ago and again Monday, urging support for the renaming.
He says Brooks helped this region in more ways than can be counted, including playing an instrumental role in the creation of Lamar University, a flood control levee in Jefferson County, DD6, Lake Sam Rayburn and civil rights legislation.
Oxford says in the two weeks since he first spoke about the proposal at Commissioners Court, he’s received a number of phone calls from people telling him how Jack Brooks changed their lives.
The FAA must also approve the name change.
Story originally appeared on KFDM.com – KFDM 6 News.
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