Former Texas Land Commissioner Armstrong Dead at 82

Leaders from both parties are honoring Bob Armstrong, a former Texas land commissioner who served as assistant U.S. secretary of the interior under President Bill Clinton and who died over the weekend at 82.

An Austin native, Armstrong died Saturday night. He was honored on the House and Senate floors Monday.

Armstrong served eight years as a state representative and was land commissioner for 12 years, beginning in 1971.

He ran for governor in 1982 but lost in the Democratic primary to Mark White. White later named him to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

Armstrong joined the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1998.

In a statement, Land Commissioner George P. Bush said Armstrong was easygoing, but also "demonstrated an impressive work ethic and passion for our state's natural beauty."

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