his secretary, Mary Hornbecle,
and executive assistant,
sed stud) "ii
I believed to
endence eunl i'**-
beliefs ill the
. From tl
ed by Con-
inter to the
as you read
sliing whal is I"'-! fm' llu' Nation,
,„ about scho^11'' ;""1 '^strict. I tried I,, demon-
■ sv Whit i- tl*e":lt'' - "n """ t'n'orts ,m beliel in
other rather pel^'vit,ua' hiitialivc. I determined to
II asked ''"'^ ;1~ though everything depended
me1, pray as though everything
„„,i .rjtlpeiided mi the \lmiglit\." The cam-
pcarances and -t ' . . ■ . ,
i ,. i.,!!)'1-'" ''sell "as vigorous with many
urclv lhe leas' '
I --itnti< h supporters working hard. 1
e suggested, tr r
. i ll ,, inS '"' through each ulhcc huilthiui meet-
leunilcil. lien mr- . . .
, i ri„ 12 ] I'll' and carried nn slor\ lee lie people via television.
tv all nn lit*- .' ... ' , , , • t
■ . . „ne.ain line citizens encouraged me and then' moral -import
mill till' ernlei'l" . . <■> rr
i i ,.,,ro""s a ,-"'nl incentive,
and |il.in an'" ... ... . . , ,.,, . . ,, , . , , ,
(.rflMv peeliiieeil tlienic was 1 II hack Ike — hut he im rubber
■jimp." My legislative "yardsticks" on each bill in Congress
, . . „i»iilil he: ill ls this a function of federal government?
eel nil'"' L . . 0
it .eliin1" ta" we atlord itr 1 pointed out, in em attempt 1" main-
ii perspective, that the three greatest dangers confronting
were: ill Vtomic annihilation; (2) Communism;
) Socialism: that to solve lliese' critical problems w
. . (Oiilel join in intelligently trying to find the best solutions,
t be conviction' .. f ' ' **>
II .ur' l'l;u al politics.
'"'''"'' ' ..t'lhal verv sketehil) brings us to the election victor) which
I ilif'"'" '""".-Iii "ii a host e.l problems. Believing thai a repre-
r re(r'a"ve's ■'"'' 's a '"" ''""' '""■'• ' liquidated my real estate,
[jflliling, and land-developing business in short order, get-
i , kM1 ricl e>[ lots, houses, anil even my ollice key in six
conviction thatJJ^, ^
.|(,Mieeeel of the familv. I went h> Washington and took a
'. jjiall furnished apartment. This solved the moving problem
"' y™ '" |H on') '""' clothes would be taken. Thus mv boys began a
''' '""* ""' '" i without bicycles, toys, yard, or playground. M) wife, Lynn,
Jjjnied in live again (shades of service life!) i" ee 4x6
ne. \l\ I' ci f-' Jfhpn. ■,,„! |j|| began to gel acquainted in a ne« school.
eardless of I
began te» gel acquam
Book -"Hie adjusting In all of us to our new environment.
to the end OI
,u is Font m News, limitary, 1956
Office routine? Mountains of mail and "case" work (problems of constituents) were piling up already. I needed assistants heilli schooled in the ways nf Washington and familiar
wilh my Dallas district. A mosl fortunate arrangement resulted
when frank Crowley, a fellow Dallasite agreed to go to Wash-
ingliin with me as Executive Assistant and I was then able to
secure one oi Washington's ablest congressional secretaries,
Mary Hornbeck. Through Frank and Mar) nut other asso-
ciates were chosen, and we were on our way!
It weis at this time thai I first encountered what later he-
came I'eiinliilK apparent lleeit nn office leeiel was to be
greater than thai of main either congressmen. Ijcprescutiiig
one of the country's largest districts close to 800,000 people
— I would have no eieltlitiniieil help. The "average" Texas
district contains about half lhat man) people- -some, fewei
A warm wcltatine weis given me in Washington. The victim
eigain-t eeelels. American sympath) tor the underdog, bred a
friendliness in others toward me which added to my enjoyment eiml probabl) increased nn effectiveness. The President,
the Vice Presidenl and Cabinel officers wen- warmly cordial.
Congressmen on both sides eet the eiisle wen' courteous, con-
siderate, and friendly.
If nn welcome was less them warm from my Texas colleagues, and "I ibis I in nni sine, ii should be rejnembered