David Dewhurst is an American businessman and politician. He is also the former Lieutenant Governor of Texas. He served as a governor from 2003 to 2015. He is also the first Republican to get on that position since Reconstruction in 1863. He won the election for lieutenant governor in 2002, 2006, and 2010.
Dewhurst ran alongside Ted Cruz for US Senate in 2012. After defeating several candidates for the position, David was defeated by Ted Cruz in the primary runoff. The Texan Republican battled to be the lieutenant governor of Texas again but was defeated massively by Dan Patrick.
The early life of David Dewhurst
David Dewhurst was born on August 18, 1945, in Houston, Texas, in the USA. David's father, David Dewhurst Jr, was a World War II pilot.
He led a squadron on Utah beaches bombing the Germans. After the war, David Dewhurst Jr. was killed by a drunk driver.
David Dewhurst's mother, Martha Harris Dewhurst Nevins Wing, died at the age of 84 on June 1, 2004. She died of a long term illness.
David Dewhurst also has a brother named Eugene Dewhurst.
Education of Dewhurst
The Texan governor graduated from the Lamar High School in Houston. He completed his undergraduate at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, Arizona. His major was English with History as a minor. He also played basketball in college.
Family of David Dewhurst: Unsuccessful Marriage & Divorce
David Dewhurst married a 32-year-old model Tammy Jo Hopkins in 1995. In 1999, Hopkins was caught for driving while intoxicated even though she pleaded no contest. Soon after, she agreed to seek help for alcohol abuse.
Well, her addiction not only had an impact on her health but also, to some extent, deteriorated her relationship with her husband, leading to their divorce in 2000.
Dewhurst then married Tricia Bivins in 2009. The couple divorced in 2016 after seven years of marriage. The couple has a beautiful daughter, Carolyn Dewhurst.
David Dewhurst's Career
Before entering politics, David Dewhurst joined the US Air Force and became an intelligence officer. He advanced to become an officer at the Central Intelligence Agency. He then continued at the United States State Department.
David Dewhurst also founded a diversified energy and investment company based on Texas named Falcon Seaboard with Ted Law in 1981. After getting bankrupt in the business, Dewhurst indulged in constructing cogeneration plants and found success in it.
He also breeds registered Black Angus cattle. Additionally, he also competes riding cutting horses in the National Quarter Horse Association competition and the American Quarter Horse Association.
The University of Arizona-graduate officially entered politics by getting elected as Commissioner of the General Land Office of Texas in 1998.
Dewhurst opponent was Democratic State Representative Richard Raymond who falsely accused him of embezzlement. Nevertheless, Dewhurst won by a whopping 17.57 percent to Raymond.
David Dewhurst became the lieutenant governor in November 2002 by crushing the current chancellor of Texas A&M University from Victoria, John Sharp. The Houston resident won Sharp by a close 5.74 percent.
Dewhurst was reelected as the lieutenant governor of Texas when he won Democrat Maria Luisa Alvarado and Libertarian Judy Baker by receiving overwhelming 58.2 percent votes.
The Republican shockingly won the position of lieutenant governor in Texas by receiving baffling 61.8 percent of votes. His opponents were Linda Chavez-Thomson as the Democrat and Scott Jameson as the Libertarian.
2012 US Senate elections
On July 19, 2012, David Dewhurst announced competing for US Senate after a vacancy for the position. Dewhurst won against several candidates alongside fellow Republican Ted Cruz on May 29, 2012. David was then defeated by Cruz for the US Senate in the primary runoff election on July 31, 2012.
Dewhurst ran for lieutenant governor of Texas again in 2014 only to get beaten by Dan Patrick with a huge 30 percent of votes against the Republican.
The net worth of David Dewhurst
Dewhurst is accustomed to his forever changing net worth. His investment in diversified energy and investment company based on Texas earned him millions but soon lost it after the company's bankruptcy.
The Republican added well to his net worth after investing in the construction of cogeneration plants and receiving enormous success. He sold the plant for $226 million in 1996.
In 2011, according to The Associated Press' federal disclosure reports, the former governor had the net worth of at least $200 million. His yearly salary as a lieutenant governor was also well over $61.000.
Following his governor days, Dewhurst has invested in several projects. His most recent one was launching Falcon Seaboard Permian Fund for outside investors to buy the Permian Basin oil fields.
As of 2019, David Dewhurst's net worth is estimated to be from $200 million to $400 million.
Facts about David Dewhurst
David Dewhurst's age is 74, as of 2019.
He follows Presbyterian religion.
From 1998 to 2014, Dewhurst's campaign contributions cumulate to $120,768,439.
His nationality is American with white ethnicity.
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