was a man of remarkable courage, wisdom, and civility who set the highest standard for public service as Secretary of the Treasury, Senator, Representative, businessman, and decorated war veteran. A native of Mission, Texas, Bentsen served in Congress for nearly 40 years, first in the U.S. House of Representatives (1948-1955) and then in the U.S. Senate (1971-1993). As Senator he chaired the Senate Finance Committee and left an indelible mark on tax, trade, health care, and transportation legislation. He promoted fiscal responsibility as Chair of the Joint Economic Committee while also supporting protection for civil rights and women's rights.
Appointed by President Clinton as the 69th Secretary of the Treasury in 1993, Lloyd Bentsen helped to bring greater opportunity and unprecedented prosperity to our country. He previously served as Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis' running mate. Bentsen had a decorated career in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999.
A Lufkin native, B.A. Bentsen remains a tireless champion of her husband. Known to Texans and Washingtonians for her grace, charm, and commitment to her husband and family, Mrs. Bentsen has been active with cultural organizations in Washington, D.C. and Texas, volunteering with Congressional Families for Drug Free Youth and the March of Dimes, among many organizations. She and Senator Bentsen also led philanthropic efforts to create the Bentsen Stroke Research Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Mrs. Bentsen served as the National Democratic Committeewoman from Texas for the tumultuous 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.
The Legacy Luncheon brought together leaders from across Texas to reflect on the Bentsens' remarkable legacy while raising money to support CPPP's important work. View previous Texas Legacy honorees here