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Texas senator target of death threat

AUSTIN, Texas, March 26 (UPI) -- Authorities confirmed they are investigating a prison plot to kill Texas state Sen. John Whitmire, who heads a committee to oversee the state's prison system.

Company buys state prisons for guarantee

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) -- A private prison management company is offering to purchase prisons in exchange for a guarantee states will maintain certain occupancy rates, officials say.

Prison chaplain suspended for smuggling

LIVINGSTON, Texas, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A chaplain at a Texas prison has been suspended after admitting he smuggled letters from a death-row inmate who threatened a state legislator's family.

Crooked guard gave Texas inmate cell phone

HOUSTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry ordered a statewide prison lockdown after allegations surfaced that a guard had been bribed to smuggle cell phones on to death row.

Proposal to overhaul Texas youth prisons

AUSTIN, Texas, April 16 (UPI) -- A Texas lawmaker says the state should end its practice of shipping youth offenders off to remote prisons and keep them closer to home.

Texas seeks consensus on school funding

AUSTIN, Texas, April 9 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a plan to tax business and cigarettes to fund public schools, but needs support of the lieutenant governor and the House speaker.

Judge killings could bring death sentence

AUSTIN, Texas, March 17 (UPI) -- The killing of a judge in Texas may soon carry the possibility of a death sentence. Acting in the wake of recent violence against a federal judge's family in Chicago and the courtroom shooting of a judge in Atlanta, Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, said he

Texas might send British prisoners home

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Texas officials are negotiating to deport about 100 British citizens being held in the state's prison system in order to relieve overcrowding. There may be a catch because Gov. Rick Perry is concerned that they might be released on parole earlier than the

Texas prisons near capacity

AUSTIN, Texas, July 2 (UPI) -- Texas officials say the state's 150,000-bed prison system will exceed its operating capacity next year.

Democrats show for third Texas session

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Boycotting Democrats returned Monday to the Texas Senate for the third special session on congressional redistricting.

Defection weakens Texas boycott

ALBUQUERQUE, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A defection weakened the holdout of Texas Democratic senators in New Mexico but they refuse to give up their boycott against GOP redistricting plans.

Boycotting senator takes holiday at home

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- One of the boycotting Texas Democratic senators spent the Labor Day weekend at home but he is returning to New Mexico to talk about ending the standoff.

Tulia defendants freed by Texas law

AUSTIN, Texas, June 2 (UPI) -- Gov. Rick Perry signed legislation Monday that will free 13 residents of Tulia, Texas, who were arrested on questionable drug charges four years ago.

Texas prisons looking for more capacity

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Texas prison officials Thursday looked for emergency capacity to handle 4,000 more inmates at the same time they were cutting spending.
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John Harris Whitmire (born August 13, 1949) is the longest-serving of current members of the Texas State Senate representing District 15, which includes much of northern Houston, since 1983. Previously he was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1973 through 1982. He also served as the Acting Governor of Texas in 1993 as part of the Governor for A Day tradition.

Whitmire was born in Hillsboro, Texas to James M. Whitmire and Marie Harris Whitmire and graduated from Waltrip High School and the University of Houston.

In 2003, Whitmire was one of the "Texas Eleven", a group of Democrats who fled the state for New Mexico in 2003 in a quorum-busting effort aimed at preventing the passage of controversial redistricting legislation that would have benefited Texas Republicans.

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