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A.R. "Babe" Schwartz

Region: Gulf Coast

Topics: Politics, Lobbying, Coastal protection

Mr. Schwartz served in the Texas Legislature for many years, from 1954 to 1958 in the House and from 1960 to 1980 in the Senate. 

During his tenure in the Legislature, he sat on the Finance Committee, chaired the Senate Natural Resource Committee and the Texas Coastal and Marine Council. While in the Legislature, he was involved in a variety of environmental legislative initiatives, passing energy, pollution control, coastal, consumer, and general open government bills. He also helped create and fund a number of important institutions, including the University of Texas Marine Science Institute and the Sea Grant Program at Texas A&M. 

Since serving in the Legislature, he has continued to be active in environmental protection, through helping found the Galveston Bay Foundation and via other public interest work.


June 20, 1997
Austin, Texas
Audio record only

January 20, 2006
Austin, Texas
Reels 2387, 2388, and 2389
Full video recording
Kindly recorded and provided by Jessica Schoenbaechler

Please watch the short video excerpt from Mr. Schwartz' 2006 interview.

Please see Jessica Schoenbaechler's documentary on coastal access featuring Mr. Schwartz.

Please listen to the audio record or transcript from Mr. Schwartz' full 1997 interview, and to the visual and sound record (reels 2387, 2388, and 2389) from his 2006  interview.





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