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U.S. Capitol tree to be planted for the late Texas Congressman Jack Brooks

WASHINGTON – The late Texas Congressman Jack Brooks will be memorialized with a tree planting Tuesday on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol.

Among the participants will be House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and U.S. Reps. Gene Green, a Houston Democrat, and Randy Weber, a Republican from Friendswood.

Brooks, who died in Beaumont two weeks before his 90th birthday in 2012, served in Congress for 42 years. An early southern opponent of racial segregation, he served as chairman of the House Judiciary and Government Operations committees and drafted the 1974 articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon.


A protégé of House Speaker Sam Rayburn and contemporary of Lyndon B. Johnson, Brooks was in the 1963 motorcade carrying President John F. Kennedy through Dallas when the president was assassinated.

The memorial tree will be planted across Independence Avenue from a House office building named for Rayburn.

Brooks was defeated for reelection in 1994 in what was considered a major upset at the hands of GOP maverick Steve Stockman, who now faces federal fraud charges.

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