09-16-06 - KXII anchor Charlie Haldeman had the chance to meet former Texas governor Ann Richards when he was a high school student. Richards, who was know for her humor and wit, poked fun at Charlie's voice.
Ann Richards once said she entered politics to help women and minorities who she claimed were often ignored by the male-dominated establishment in Texas. But her accomplishments reached farther than that. With the help of the legislature, she tackled prison overcrowding and education among other things.
Born Dorothy Ann Willis Richards came from humble beginnings; she was a home-maker before she entered politics and always stayed committed to speaking for the average Texan.
Four children helped keep her grounded.
At the age of 73 Richards lost her struggle with cancer, 12 years after leaving the governors office and decades of service to her state.