Ruth Jones McClendon has passed away
SAN ANTONIO - Ruth Jones McClendon, a former state lawmaker who spent 20 years serving her constituents in Bexar County, has passed away.
Barbara Gervin-Hawkins, state representative for Texas' 120th House District, the seat McClendon used to hold, confirmed that she died this morning.
“Her family is in our prayers,” said Gervin-Hawkins.
Ruth Jones McClendon was 74 years old. Her death follows a long battle with brain cancer and an operation in 2014 to remove water on her brain.
She announced her resignation from the House in January of 2016. She used an electric scooter to get around the state capitol during her last legislative session in 2015.
McClendon also served as a council member on San Antonio's City Council in the mid-1990s.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg released the following statement on her passing.:
“Ruth Jones McClendon was a consensus builder, who used her considerable political skills to help the needy. As a Democrat in a Republican-controlled Legislature, McClendon managed to land on the House Appropriations Committee under two Republican speakers. She was a strong voice for San Antonio and her district. She wielded power gently but effectively. McClendon was a statewide force on transportation while also working to address the needs of the state’s poorest citizens.
San Antonio is a better city because of her work as a member of City Council and in the Texas House. She will be greatly missed."
Governor Greg Abbott later offered his condolences in an afternoon tweet.