During his distinguished career, John L. Hill Jr. served as secretary of state, attorney general, and chief justice of the state supreme court—the only person to hold all three state offices.
Hill's office played a significant role in vastly expanding Texas consumer protections, waging war against wholesale rate increases by AT&T/Southwestern Bell; and resolving the disposition of Howard Hughes's fabled estate to bring tens of millions of dollars into Texas coffers.
Before Hill's death in July 2007, Ernie Stromberger, journalist and Hill's longtime friend, worked with him to craft this first-person narrative.
JOHN L. HILL JR. was born in Breckenridge, Texas, on October 9, 1923. He graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1947.
For forty years, ERNIE STROMBERGER focused on Texas government issues and political personalities as a capitol press reporter and trade association manager. He lives in Austin, Texas.
What Readers Are Saying:
"Hill (and Stromberger) have created an immediate classic of contemporary Texas history."--Gregory Curtis, former editor, Texas Monthly
"John Hill for the State of Texas superbly reflects the public service of a great Texan, John Hill. He was the mentor of many public officials such as myself. His legacy of leadership will survive for many years to come."--Senator John Whitmore