Longtime Rep. Jack Brooks Dies (PHOTOS)

Powerhouse Texas Democrat Jack Brooks died Wednesday. See photos of a life in politics.

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Powerhouse Texas Democrat Jack Brooks died on Wednesday. See photos of a life in politics. 

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Judge Sarah T. Hughes administers the presidential oath of office to Lyndon Baines Johnson aboard Air Force One, after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, at Love Field in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. Rep. Jack Brooks is standing behind Jackie Kennedy.

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President Jimmy Carter smiles after signing his reorganization bill in the Oval Office on April 6, 1977. Those present at the signing included Brooks.

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Brooks during a House Government Operations Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on July 21, 1982.

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House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Rep. Nancy Pelosi meet with Brooks in 1990 on the steps of the Capitol to discuss the veto-override vote on legislation that would allow Chinese students to extend their stays in the U.S.

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Brooks and his wife, Charlotte, on Capitol Hill in October 1997 during a ceremony in which the former Texas representative’s portrait was unveiled.

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Brooks escorts Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton to the stage at a campaign stop in 2008 at an airport hangar in Beaumont, Texas.