New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, August 18, 1985, Page 5

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung August 18, 1985

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 18, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels Herald-Ze/f<vn<7 Sunday, August 18,1985    5A|Loeffler leaving career for chance at governorship WASHINGTON (AP) - Tom Loeffler is giving up a steady job and a bright future in the U.S. Congress to move home to Texas and look for work. He’s decided to apply for governor. “It was important to us to have our children return to Texas,” Ix>effler said in a recent interview. “Following that personal decision, we then believe that the state of Texas has been very good to us and in turn we would like to give something back.” So for better or worse, he and his wife Kathy are selling their suburban Virginia house and packing up more than a decade of Washington life. Ixjeffler said he formally would announce for governor at the end of this month or early in September. He faces one announced challenger so far in the Republican primary, former Gov. Bill Clements. Until Clements’ surprise announcement that he would seek to recapture the governorship from Mark White, next year’s GOP primary was expected to feature a showdown between Loeffler and former Lubbock Congressman Kent Hance. Hance ran a close but ultimately unsuccessful race for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination last year, then switched parties at the side of backer Phil Gramm, a former fellow Congressman who himself had switched to the GOP — and who won the race for Senate. loeffler has something of a tor-toise-and-the-hare image compared to the witty and ebulliently homespun Hance. ‘‘Tom has been laboring in the vineyards, so to speak, for the party and that has been appreciated,” said a political consultant in the state who did not want his named used. Loeffler, 39, was elected in 1978 to represent the sprawling 21st Congressional District, which runs from the north side of San Antonio across West Texas to Big Bend. Incumbent Democrat Bob Krueger had left the seat to run for the Senate against John Tower, and loeffler has had minimal opposition. He had come to Washington in 1972 with a law degree from the University of Texas, and went to work for Tower. While still in his 20s, he was a lobbyist for the Ford White House. Then he moved home to Hunt in Kerr County to establish himself in the district and turn the seat Republican for the first time. In the House, he quickly established himself with the GOP leadership as an able legislative craftsman and bridge-builder to conservative Democrats (and he now likes to pointedly note that Gramm and Hance were among those’ Democrats). “Loeffler is comfortable in jeans and a 10-gallon hat talking West Texs ranch talk, but he is equally com-fortble in a three-piece suit plotting parliamentary strategy on the floor,” the political reference manual “Politics in America” says. “He moves back and forth between constituent interest and House politics as well as any junior member in either party. As chief deputy whip, the third highest-ranking Republican in the House at age 39, he has a good chance to be Speaker someday. ANNIV! mm TOWELS & TOWELS & TOWELS & TOWELS & TOWELS TOWELS BY THE POUND You can have many towels for the many needs of hot weather, and have extra towels for your guests. Choose from brilliant solid colors and printed patterns for every decorating need. 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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: August 18, 1985

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