Henry B. Gonzalez - Gonzalez Retires from Public Service
In 1998, thirty-seven years after first being elected, Gonzalez retired from congressional service. The Gonzalez political legacy continued as his son, Charles, succeeded him and has been subsequently re-elected.
Henry B. Gonzalez at the 1966 Labor Day rally at the Texas State Capitol. (Henry B.) Papers, CAH; E-HBG-0002.
Gonzalez remained a public figure in San Antonio, receiving various accolades from public service organizations that continued to acknowledge the contribution he made as a crusader against "unprincipled privilege" and "entrenched special interests."
Suffering from ill health and a weak heart, the elder Gonzalez died on November 28, 2000. Tributes came in from across the country, from high-ranking officials like President Bill Clinton, to local constituents expressing respect for a man who never forgot what he fought for— "decency, justice, and abhorrence for what is wrong and intolerance for mediocrity."
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