AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Jack Hightower, a Democrat who also served a decade in Congress under three different presidents, has died. He was 86.
Osler McCarthy, a spokesman for the state’s high court, said Hightower died Saturday in Austin. McCarthy said Hightower had Parkinson’s disease.
Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson said the state has “lost a true champion among its public servants.”
Hightower began his political career in both the state House and Senate before being elected to Congress in 1975. He won a seat on the court in 1988 and stayed until 1996, and remains the state’s last justice with legislative experience.
Hightower is survived by his wife, Colleen, and three daughters.