Jack Brooks was a go to guy for many in the SE Texas region as he had the power in DC to make or break most any project and he did.
His loss in 92 was unexpected to say the least. I remember watching on channel 6, the local CBS station, as they were reporting from what was thought to be his campaign victory celebration party. The tv station had gotten reports from over in the Galveston area that Stockman had won enough votes there to win the election. They had Brooks on live as this was coming in to the reporter. The reporter asked Brooks about his loss and the Stockman win.
Brooks was flabbergasted to say the least as he was unaware that he had lost. He responded by asking them “where did you hear that”. They told him and he and his campaign people left to get the info with details. He wasn't a happy camper for sure.
A bit of trivia: In the 1994 Impeachment proceedings Brooks as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee used a gavel that was made from wood used in the 1993 Nixon inauguration ceremonies.
Clinton’s impeachment was in 1998, Brooks was defeated for re-election in ‘94. The gavel to which you refer was used in ‘74 during Nixon proceedings.