Former House speaker and Fort Worth native James Claude Wright Jr. — better known simply as Jim Wright — is dead at 92.
Wright packed a bunch into those years. He attended Weatherford College and the University of Texas at Austin before joining the military during World War II and earning medals as a bombardier in the South Pacific.
He was a Weatherford businessman before winning election to the Texas Legislature as a Democrat.
In 1954, voters of the 12th District that included Fort Worth elected Wright to Congress where he stayed for 34 years.
Wright moved plenty of pork from Washington to Tarrant County, along with loads of military contracts, the Fritz G. Lanham Federal Building, money for the Stockyards, and many other benefits for his constituents back home.
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