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The Ron and Joanna Clark Collection - Austin Update with Ron Clark and Carole Keeton (1999)

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  •  Carole Keeton, previously known as Carole Keeton Rylander and Carole Keeton Strayhorn, served as mayor of Austin from 1977 to 1983, Texas Railroad Commissioner from 1994 to 1999, and Texas comptroller from 1999 to 2007. She was the first woman elected to all three positions. Keeton was also the first woman president of the Austin school board.  
  •  State Representative Ron Clark asks Keeton to describe the role of her office 
  •  Public education responsibilities 
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Austin Update, a broadcast initiative produced by the Texas House of Representatives Video and Audio Services, features interviews with various members of the Texas government. In this segment, State Representative Ron Clark speaks with Comptroller of Public Accounts and infamous political personality “Grandma” Carole Keeton Rylander (also known as Carole Keeton Strayhorn). Keeton explains her duties, which include tax collection, fiscal management, and accounting. As a mother and grandmother, Keeton emphasizes her concern for quality education.
Ronald “Ron” Clark was born on January 5, 1953, in Caripito, Venezuela. He attended the University of Connecticut before joining the US Army in 1974, serving two years. Clark then moved to Texas to pursue a law degree. After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 1979, he became an assistant city attorney in the City Attorney’s Office of Abilene. Three years later, Clark went into private practice and settled in Sherman. 
Clark began a political career in 1996 with a campaign for State Representative from the 62nd District. He won, eventually serving three terms in the Texas House of Representatives. Clark was reelected for a fourth term, but was never sworn in. In January 2002, President George W. Bush nominated him for a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The United States Senate confirmed his lifetime appointment in October 2002. Clark became chief judge of the court in January 2015.