He was one of the old guard democrats defeated in ‘94. Good riddance!
Party of the Ronnie Earl/Jim Hightower Texas Wingnut Leftist Brigade, I believe.
Never heard of him.
That's something you don't hear too often.
Here's something else you don't hear too often: "Brooks died at the Baptist Hospital of Beaumont in Texas and was surrounding by family."
The nastiness on this thread is worthy of DU.
Mr. Brooks was a WWII vet, served as a Marine in the South Pacific. Member of the NRA.
An old line LBJ/Sam Rayburn ‘rat, ‘nuff said.
Jack Brooks was probably the most famous casualty of the 94’ Congressional tidal wave elections that brought in the Republican majority other than Speaker of the House Tom Foley.
Brooks represented East Texas so there were many, many hunters and fishermen in his district. He always won by large majorities so he thought it was safe for him to vote for the Brady Gun Bill.
His opponent was Republican Steve Stockman who literally ran his campaign out of his garage.
Apparently Brooks ran some polls and saw he was in trouble, so he ran an awful campaign commercial of a Space Shuttle being launched and him craning up his old turkey neck to watch it.
But you can’t put stuff like this in an obituary.
Decades ago, my Dad introduced me to him at a dinner party once. I was working as congressional drone on the Hill, and I'll never forget what he said to me as he was shaking my hand.
"I wouldn't fire but about half of them."