William P. Hobby Jr.

Texas Lt. Governor William P. Hobby

Bill Hobby has devoted his life to public service, to his country, his state, and his city – as naval officer, journalist, parliamentary expert, governmental policymaker, university regent, lieutenant governor of Texas, university professor, and chancellor of the University of Houston System.

Born in Houston in 1932, Bill Hobby graduated from Rice University in 1953. He then served four years in the United States Navy and during his Navy days, he married Diana Poteat Stallings of North Carolina. They have four children and 10 grandchildren.

Following his military service, Hobby joined the staff of the Houston Post, the flagship of his family’s communications business. He was president of the Houston Post for nearly 21 years when the family sold the paper in 1983. He then served as chairman of the board of H&C Communications until his retirement in 1996.

Hobby was parliamentarian of the Texas Senate, under the guidance of Lt. Gov. Ben Ramsey, during the 56th Legislature in 1959.

He headed an extensive review of the state’s welfare system before his election as Lieutenant Governor in 1972.


Born: January 19, 1932, Houston, Texas
Wife: Diana Poteat Stallings
Children: Laura (Mrs. John) Beckworth, Paul Hobby,
Andrew Hobby, Kate (Mrs. Steve) Gibson


St. Albans School, Washington, D.C., 1949
Rice University, BA in American History, 1953

Higher Education Service

Current: Radoslav Tsanoff Professor, Rice University, 1989-present

Military Service

U.S. Navy, 1953-1957, served to Lieutenant (jg), USNR.

Business History

Chairman, Hobby Communications, 1983-present
President, Executive Editor, The Houston Post, 1965-1983

Public Service

Lieutenant Governor, Texas, 1973-1991
Commissioner, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, 1993-1995
Commissioner, Education Commission of the States, 1991-1994
Co-Chair, Texans for Tier One PAC, 2009


Chancellor, University of Houston System, 1995-1997
Sid Richardson Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, 1990-1997
Trustee, St. Edward’s University, 1990-1995
Governor, Rice University, 1989-1993
Regent, University of Houston, 1965-1969
Chairman, Texas Commission on a Representative Student Body, 1998
Member, Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 2000
Member, Visiting Committee, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1995-2001
Member, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Formula Advisory Committee 1996-2002
Member, Institute for Social Research, National Advisory Council, 1999-2005

Honorary Degrees

Doctor of Laws, University of Houston, 1997
Doctor of Laws, Austin College, 1989
Doctor of Humanities in Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, 1986
Doctor of Humane Letters, St. Edward’s University, 1986


President Emeritus, Texas Senate
Santa Rita Award, University of Texas System Board of Regents, 1985
Distinguished Alumnus, Rice University, 1985
President’s Medallion, University of Houston, 2009

Professional Associations

Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration, 1991-present
President, Philosophical Society of Texas, 1986
Member, American Newspaper Publishers Association, 1960-1983
Member, American Society of Newspaper Editors, 1960-1972
President, Texas Daily Newspaper Association, 1971
Chair, National Conference of Lieutenant Governors, 1976-1977


The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, 1998-present
Center for Public Policy Priorities, 2003-present
Southwest Airlines, 1990-2007
Columbine-JDS, 1995-1997


“Nostalgia is not my purpose, but I do hope to convey something of my admiration for the people that I had the honor to work with, the spirit of the times, and a sense of how things actually worked—at least in the legislative process.”

– William P. Hobby Jr.
How Things Really Work: Lessons from a Life in Politics