The Texas Tribune reported this weekend that former Texas Governor Mark White has died at the age of 77.
White served as governor of Texas from 1983 until 1987. White, a Democrat, was instrumental in the passage of several notable Texas laws including the famous and controversial "no-pass, no play" law.
Following the report of White's death, officials from around the state reacted with grief and respect for the former governor. U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke (D-El Paso) issued a statement on White's passing, saying, "Governor Mark White won some tough races against the odds to serve the people of Texas. I'm grateful for his courage and service."
Governor Greg Abbott put out a statement, saying, "I just spoke with Linda Gale White to express our sorrow for the passing of a great Texan and long-time friend."