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Ann Richards
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45th Governor of Texas
In office
January 15, 1991 – January 17, 1995
Lieutenant Bob Bullock
Preceded by Bill Clements
Succeeded by George W. Bush
Treasurer of Texas
In office
January 18, 1983 – January 15, 1991
Governor Mark White
Bill Clements
Preceded by Warren Harding
Succeeded by Kay Bailey Hutchison
Member of the Travis County Commissioners Court
In office
1977–1983
Personal details
Born
Dorothy Ann Willis

(1933-09-01)September 1, 1933
Lakeview, Texas, U.S. (now Lacy Lakeview)
Died September 13, 2006(2006-09-13) (aged 73)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Resting place Texas State Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)
Dave Richards
(m. 1953; div. 1984)
Children 4, including Cecile
Education Baylor University (BA)
University of Texas, Austin

Dorothy Ann Willis Richards (September 1, 1933 – September 13, 2006) was an American politician and the 45th Governor of Texas. She first obtained national attention as the state treasurer of Texas, when she delivered the keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. Richards served as the 45th Governor of Texas from 1991 to 1995 and was defeated for re-election in 1994 by George W. Bush. Ann Richards was the second woman governor of Texas.

Richards was born on September 1, 1933 in Lakeview, Texas. Richards was raised in Austin, Texas. She studied at Baylor University. Richards was married to David Richards from 1953 until they divorced in 1984. They have four children, including former President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards.

Richards died on September 13, 2006 just 12 days after her 73rd birthday from esophageal cancer in Austin, Texas, aged 73.

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