John Bryant Papers, 1983-1996
John Wiley Bryant, Democratic Congressman, was born in Lake Jackson, Texas in February 1947. In 1974, two years after receiving his law degree from Southern Methodist University, Bryant was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. A self-described populist, he quickly garnered a reputation for challenging leadership, calling for reform and championing labor. In 1983, Bryant won a seat in the U.S. Congress. He was selected by his peers in the House as one of the managers to conduct the impeachment proceedings of U.S. District Court Judge, Alcee Hastings. Due to House Speaker Jim Mattox's resignation and other events that weakened the Texas delegation, Bryant opted to stay in Congress instead of campaigning for attorney general of Texas. Bryant served on the House Judiciary Committee, Energy and Commerce Committee and Budget Committee. He represented Texas's' 5th Congressional district until 1996 when he lost his bid to win the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. Bryant is married to Janet Watts of El Paso. The couple has three children.
"Bryant, John Wiley."Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, accessed August 15, 2013. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=B000997.
Constituent correspondence, legislative files, voting records and news releases compose the John Bryant Papers, 1983-1996, documenting his political career in the U.S. House of Representatives. The impeachment proceedings of Judge Alcee Hastings are included in the papers. Case files regarding individual constituents and staff personnel are restricted.
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John Bryant Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Carol Jordan, December 1996.
Subsequent revisions made by Evan Usler, March 2012, and Mark Firmin, August 2013
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