Ex-President George H.W. Bush has given his blessing to businessman and past Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams to fill the coming vacancy when Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson retires in 2012.
Bush was not sparing in his praise.
“Roger Williams is a good man, a wonderful friend and an accomplished business leader who still understands what it means to meet a payroll and create jobs,” he said. “Anyone who has met Roger knows he can be trusted to bring a fresh, positive, can-do, real world perspective that too often is missing in Washington D.C. I have no doubt Roger Williams will be a great senator for our state, our country and our future.”
Flattered, Williams returned the compliment and made a promise.
“I’m honored to have the endorsement of President Bush,” he said. “He has served our state and our country so long and well, and he knows that we need a conservative business leader in the senat
e, and that’s what I plan to be starting in January 2013.”
Williams has jumped out to an early lead in the coming race’s fundraising and endorsements. As far back as December 2008 he announced an exploratory committee for the national senate. Following a career in professional baseball he set out in politics and Online Generic business, spending 39 years as a profitable entrepreneur and serving as Texas’ 105th Secretary of State. In this critical capacity he endlessly worked to further the state’s economic growth, investments and job creation. He also found time fill the post of Chief Liaison for Texas Border and Mexican Affairs.
Williams was a member of the board of trustees for the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M, and presently serves on the Texas Christian University Board of Trustees, where he attended college. He chairs the USS Fort Worth Commissioning Committee, and is a member of the National Football Foundation Board and the College Football Hall of fame Board of Directors.
He and wife Patty have two daughters.