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Chris Bell


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Chris Bell was born in Abilene, Texas in 1959. He was raised in Dallas and moved to Austin when he was accepted to the University of Texas at Austin. As a student, Bell served as president of the Intrafraternity Council and spearheaded a successful effort to reinstate student government. In 1982, he graduated with a journalism degree and began work as a television and radio journalist, first in Ardmore, Oklahoma and later in Amarillo. He then moved to Houston, working as a Harris County court radio reporter while taking night classes at South Texas College of Law. Despite his success in journalism (he was named “best radio reporter in the state” in 1990 by the Texas Associated Press), he left journalism and began what would become a successful litigation practice after receiving a law degree in 1992. Bell's public service career began in 1997, after being elected to the Houston City Council. He was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Texas in 2006.


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