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Sun Dec 21, 2014, 02:48 AM

Former Houston mayor Bob Lanier has died

Source: Houston Chronicle

Bob Lanier, a 6-foot-4 cowboy boot-wearing, sports-crazy political sharpshooter who rose from modest beginnings in blue-collar Baytown to become one of Houston's biggest developers and most influential mayors, died Saturday. He was 89.

In January 1992, Lanier began a six-year tenure as mayor that, in its successes, was hailed as a model for reducing crime and revitalizing the inner city.

At various times, for various reasons, Lanier was likened to Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. The commonality was that Lanier, the son of a Methodist minister turned oilfield roustabout, invariably was measured against America's greatest movers and shakers.

"I'd put him with (Chicago Mayor Richard) Daley and (New York City Mayor Fiorello) La Guardia as one of the great mayors in 20th century history," University of Houston political science guru Richard Murray once said. "He has the ability to get things done."

Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/article/Former-Houston-mayor-Bob-Lanier-has-died-5971148.php

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Sun Dec 21, 2014, 11:52 AM

1. May he rest in peace

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Sun Dec 21, 2014, 03:19 PM

2. Godspeed, Mayor Bob. nt

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