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Sarah Weddington

Sarah Weddington
Full Name: Sarah Weddington
Other surnames: Ragle,
Birth date: February 5, 1945
Death date: December 26, 2021

Terms of Service

  • House, 65th (1) (2) (3) (4) Legislature
    1/11/1977 - 9/1/1977
    Democrat
  • House, 64th Legislature
    1/14/1975 - 1/11/1977
    Democrat
  • House, 63rd Legislature
    1/9/1973 - 1/14/1975
    Democrat
(1) Proclamations, 9/14/1977 and 11/15/1977, ordering a special election in House District 37B on 11/8/1977, and second special election on 12/10/1977, to serve out the unexpired term of the Honorable Sarah Weddington. Governor Dolph Briscoe . September 14, 1977
November 15, 1977
(2) Mary Jane Bode, in special election 12/10/1977, sworn 12/21/1977, succeeded Sarah R. Weddington, resigned 9/1/1977. First session was 65th 2nd Called Session. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(3) Weddington resignation letter dated 9/2/1977, effective as of midnight, 9/1/1977. Texas House of Representatives, Chief Clerk's Office .
(4) Special election 11/8/1977, runoff 12/10/1977. Texas Secretary of State - Election Dates Including Special Elections, 1966-2001 .

Biographical Notes and Resources

Selected Newspaper articles

Resolutions and Journal entries

Texas Monthly's Best and Worst Legislators

  • Named 'Missing in Action'. Best and Worst Legislators 1977.
  • Named one of 'The Best'. Best and Worst Legislators 1975.

Photographs

Other Resources

  • Photo and biographical sketch, Women Before the Courts and Roe v. Wade, pp. 122-125. Austin Lawyers: A Legacy of Leadership and Service 2005.
  • Photo and biographical sketch, Sarah Ragle Weddington, pp. 162-165. First woman from Austin and Travis County elected to the Texas House of Representatives. Capitol Women: Texas Female Legislators, 1923-1999 2000.
  • Oral history interviews available in Oral History Collection, University of North Texas .
  • Photo and biographical sketch, "Texas Government Insider," 10/24/2008. Strategic Partnerships, Inc. 2008.
  • Weddington, Sarah Ragle. Texas State Cemetery .
  • About Sarah Weddington. Includes Summary Bio, Early Years, Attorney Years, Campaign for Public Office, Legislative Years, General Counsel Years, White House Years, and Current Activities. Weddington Center .
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