Carole Keeton Strayhorn

Former Comptroller of Public Accounts at State Government of Texas

Carole Keeton Strayhorn

Carole Keeton Strayhorn

Former Comptroller of Public Accounts at State Government of Texas

Biography

Strayhorn, Carole Keeton
CANDIDATE DETAILS
Affiliation Republican

Name Carole Keeton Strayhorn
Previous Name 01/01/1983 - 01/01/2003 Carole Keeton Rylander
Address
Austin, Texas , United States

Born September 13, 1939
Moderate-to-Conservative -
Info Formerly known as Carole Keeton McClellan and
Carole Keeton Rylander

Carole Keeton Strayhorn was the first woman in history elected Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. She was re-elected Comptroller in 2002 with the highest vote total of any winning statewide elected official in Texas. She is a common sense conservative, education watchdog, and “One Tough Grandma — watching out for Texas.”

In 2004, the Mental Health Association in Texas selected Strayhorn as the recipient of the Texas Champion Award. Last year, she was given the University of Texas at Austin Distinguished Alumnus Award. She is the recipient of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association’s Friend of Education Award. She also was selected as the first Friend of Texas Taxpayers chosen by Citizens for a Sound Economy. A longtime friend of law enforcement, Strayhorn is a lifetime honorary member of the Austin Police Association.

Strayhorn began her career as a public school teacher. Her lifelong record of achievement and public service is rooted in her passion for education.

Often called a trailblazer, Strayhorn has a resume full of “firsts” — first woman president of the Austin School Board, and first woman president of the Austin Community College Board of Trustees; first woman mayor of Austin, and the only mayor elected for three successive terms; first woman in history elected Texas Railroad Commissioner — and was re-elected in 1996 with the highest vote total in a statewide contested race.

Comptroller Strayhorn is the daughter of the late Page Keeton, the revered long-time Dean of the University of Texas Law School. He instilled in her at a very early age the importance of public service. She not only learned that lesson from her dad, she passed it on to her children. Her eldest son, Dr. Mark McClellan, is the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He previously served as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Her twin sons, Brad McClellan and Dudley McClellan are both attorneys. Brad is an Assistant Attorney General for Texas-Chief of Workers’ Compensation Section, and Dudley is Assistant General Counsel for the State Bar of Texas. Her youngest son, Scott McClellan, is Press Secretary to the President of the United States.

She is a native Texan and a government honors graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She is married to Ed Strayhorn, the founder and president of the oldest tennis court construction business in Texas. They are the proud parents of five grown sons, and proud grandparents of five young granddaughters.
FAMILY
Husband Barr McClellan 00, 0000- 00, 1978
Husband Hill Rylander 00, 1983- 00, 1995
Husband Ed Strayhorn 00, 2003-
Son Mark Barr McClellan 1963-
Son Scott McClellan 1968-
RACES
05/09/2009 Austin, TX Mayor Lost 21.43% (-25.81%)
11/07/2006 TX Governor Lost 18.11% (-20.91%)
11/05/2002 TX Comptroller Won 64.16% (+31.24%)
11/03/1998 TX Comptroller Won 49.55% (+0.55%)
11/05/1996 TX Railroad Commissioner Won 58.29% (+19.27%)
11/08/1994 TX Railroad Commissioner - Unexpired Term Won 51.99% (+7.12%)
03/10/1992 TX Railroad Commissioner - R Primary Lost 48.50% (-3.00%)
11/04/1986 TX District 10 Lost 27.68% (-44.64%)
05/02/1981 Austin, TX Mayor - Runoff Won 54.19% (+8.39%)
04/04/1981 Austin, TX Mayor Won 34.57% (+0.00%)
04/07/1979 Austin, TX Mayor Won 78.88% (+57.76%)
04/30/1977 Austin, TX Mayor - Run-off Won 50.85% (+1.70%)
04/02/1977 Austin, TX Mayor Won 47.39% (+10.99%)
ENDORSEMENTS
TX US President - Nov 06, 1984 DFL Walter F. Mondale
Austin, TX Mayor - Apr 05, 1975 N Jeff Friedman

Overview
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Number of Boards

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Birthday

09/1939

Age

80

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Co-Founder at Berry R. Cox Family Foundation

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Co-Founder at BankCap Partners

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Former Vice President-Business Development at Petro-Hunt LLC

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Vice President & President Elect at Open Door Mission Foundation

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President at Highland Park Village

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Director at U.S.-Mexico Foundation

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Senior Partner at The Beneficient Company Group LP

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Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Lockton Dunning Benefits Co.

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Founder at Estrada Hinojosa & Co., Inc.

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Founding Member at Dallas Committee On Foreign Relations

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The Dallas Morning News
July 4, 2019
Ex-lawmaker prepares for Senate run
The Dallas Morning News
July 12, 2018
Abbott agrees to 1 debate
The Dallas Morning News
May 24, 2018
Dems’ runoff turnout hits historic low
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Carole Keeton Strayhorn
Former Comptroller of Public Accounts at State Government of Texas
Education

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public universities in the United States and is the largest institution of The University of Texas System. Founded in 1883, the university has grown from a single building, eight teachers, two departments and 221 students to a 350-acre main campus with 17 colleges and schools, about 24,000 faculty and staff, and more than 50,000 students.

Career History
Comptroller of Public Accounts
Prior
President-College Board
Prior

Austin Community College is a school in Austin.

Political Donations Received
$1,000
2006
$4,400
2006
$8,100
2006
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