Austin, Texas , United States
|| May 18, 1956
Mar 27, 2020 04:15pm
Hispanic - Divorced - Convicted - Disbarred - Presbyterian - Straight -
|Info||Daniel C. "Dan" Morales (born 1956) served as Texas attorney general from 1991 through 1999, during the administrations of Governors Dorothy Ann Willis Richards and George W. Bush. As attorney general, Morales reached a $17 billion settlement with big tobacco companies. He also authored the controversial state interpretation of the Hopwood v. Texas case, which ended all affirmative action in higher education in Texas until the United States Supreme Court reversed Hopwood in 2003. |
In October 2003, Morales reached a plea deal and admitted to having falsified documents in an attempt to give another lawyer a chunk of the state's tobacco settlement. Before the agreement, Morales had faced trial on twelve counts that included conspiracy and using political money for private purposes.
Morales defeated the Republican state Senator J.E. "Buster" Brown of Houston in the general election of 1990. He was reelected in the largely Republican year of 1994 but did not seek a third term as attorney general in 1998. In 2002, however, he entered the Democratic gubernatorial primary but lost the nomination to Antonio R. "Tony" Sanchez, a businessman from Laredo, the seat of Webb County. In that campaign, Morales refused to engage in a Spanish-language debate sought by the wealthy Sanchez. He claimed that Sanchez's request for a Spanish debate would divide, rather than unite the state.
Sanchez supported affirmative action and claimed that Morales himself had benefited from such preference programs when Morales was a student at the Harvard University law school in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
After his primary loss, Morales stunned his party by endorsing the successful Republican nominees for governor and lieutenant governor, James Richard "Rick" Perry and David Dewhurst, respectively. In the 1990s, many Democrats had expected Morales to become in time either governor or U.S. senator.
Morales served time in the federal prison in Texarkana. He was released to a halfway house near his native San Antonio at Christmas 2006. He was released on Friday, March 30, 2007, according to the United States Bureau of Prisons. On December 15, 2004, the Texas Supreme Court accepted Morales' resignation from the bar in lieu of discipline.
Prior to his attorney general tenure, Morales was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from Bexar County.
Morales and his ex-wife, Christi, have a young son.