Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939 Page: 9 of 263
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of the Legislature. The doors of the Governor's office are open to
this splendid body of senators and representatives. I need your help
and Texas needs the devoted, consecrated services of all of us. If
we will work together, then truly Texas may go forward.
My fellow citizens, humbly invoking, as did our fathers a hundred
years ago, the blessings of the Almighty, I pledge all I have of physical
and mental strength in your service.
January 15, 1935.
To the Members of the Senate and the Hoirse of Representc,tives of the
State of Texas:
It is your honor and good fortune to constitute the Centennial Legislature
of Texas. As the people's chosen representatives you are in the
enviable position of leadership and responsibility occupied exactly 100
years ago by illustrious patriots who laid the foundation of government
for the Lone Star State. It should be, and I am sure it is to each of you
an inspiration and a call to service.
The Constitution has wisely provided for the Legislative, the Executive
and the Judicial departments of government, none of which "shall exercise
any power properly attached to either of the others except in the
instances" expressly permitted therein. I heartily assure you of my recognition
of the wisdom of these profound principles and of my earnest desire
to assist you in accomplishing the tasks ahead.
The Constitution, however, has imposed upon you and me certain
duties and obligations. Among other things, the Governor is required
by the Constitution to recommend to the Legislature from time to time
"such measures as he may deem expedient." In view of unprecedented
conditions familiar to us all, it is doubly imperative that we should at
all times work harmoniously for the common cause.
Faithful administration of the affairs of Texas is the biggest thing
ahead. This Centennial Legislature has the biggest opportunity to serve
Texas and, at the same time, the biggest responsibility to the people,
of any lawmaking body in its history.
Thus, as public servants, you and I have a common objective-protection
and advancement of the rights of the people. To facilitate the attainment
of this high purpose, I tender to all the members of the Legislature
the freedom of the Executive Offices. I want you to come to me
with your suggestions and give me the benefit of your views upon any
public question. I pledge you my whole-hearted cooperation and assistance
in making Texas a better place in which to work and live.
In her formal message to the Legislature my immediate predecessor
presented her views as to "the condition of the State" and made certain
recommendations. As incoming Governor it is now my duty to give to you
the benefit of my views and recommendations. As stated in my Inaugural
address on yesterday, I doubt the wisdom of attempting to present to the
Legislature at one time a complete and detailed program. At a later
date I shall have additional comment to make upon "the condition of the
State," and, from time to time, will make specific suggestions to you in
the interest of good government.
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Allred, James V. Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939, book, 1939; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3899/m1/9/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .