Bill White, a Democrat and former mayor of Houston, is the only major challenger in the Texas gubernatorial race to two-term Republican incumbent Rick Perry. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in 2010, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about White's life.
How old is Bill White?
White is 56 years old.
When was Bill White born?
White was born June 16, 1954.
Where was Bill White born?
White was born in San Antonio.
Who are Bill White's parents, and what did they do?
White's parents are Bill and Gloria Avalon White. Both were public school teachers, and his father is a disabled World War II veteran.
Does Bill White have any siblings?
White had a younger brother, Robert Avalon, a composer and teacher, who died in 2004.
What did Bill White do before deciding to run for Texas governor?
White graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics and later the University of Texas School of Law. He then became associated with Susman Godfrey LLP and subsequently became a partner. In 1993 he became deputy secretary of energy in the Clinton administration. In the private sector, White was chairman and CEO of the Wedge Group, a real estate development company. White was first elected mayor of Houston in 2003 and has served the city for three consecutive two-year terms.
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