We hope to honor the 25th Anniversary of Ann Richards' inauguration with a commemorative U.S. Postage Stamp. The anniversary is coming up in 2016, and the process of approving a stamp can take up to 3 years, so now is the time to make your voice heard...
An official proposal has been sent to the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee suggesting Ann Richards as a stamp subject. Now we hope to send lots of additional notes of support their way in the coming months.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
1) Sign this petition and leave a message of support
2) Send a letter or postcard to the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee telling them you'd like to see the Ann Richards stamp become a reality
All letters of support can be sent to:
Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Stamp Development
U.S. Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501
3) "Like" us on Facebook and share with your friends
4) Follow us on Twitter and share with your followers
In supporting the Ann Richards stamp proposal, you will be joining the ranks of our esteemed committee members who have already endorsed this proposal:
Harriet N. Leve – Proposal Organizer, Producer
in association with
Bob Boyett – Proposal Organizer, Producer
Holland Taylor – Proposal Organizer, Actress and Playwright
THE ANN RICHARDS COMMEMORATIVE POSTAGE STAMP COMMITTEE
Norman Lear – Committee Chair, Film and Television Writer/Producer
Co-Founder of People for the American Way
Joe Armstrong, Publisher and ABC News Journalist
Annette Bening, Actress
Berl Bernhard, Chairman Emeritus of The Aspen Institute
Ambassador Amy L. Bondurant (ret.)
Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
George Clooney, Actor, Director and Activist
Joan Ganz Cooney, Producer, Founder of Sesame Workshop (“Sesame Street”)
Jon Cryer, Actor and Producer
Senator Tom Daschle, State of South Dakota
Senator Robert J. Dole, State of Kansas
Agnes Gund, President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art
Tom Hanks, Actor, Producer, and Writer
Anne Hathaway, Actress
Mary Kay Henry, President, Service Employees International Union
Billie Jean King, Professional Tennis Player, Founder of Women’s Tennis Association
Senator Mary L. Landrieu, State of Louisiana
Jim Lehrer, Journalist and News Anchor
Laura Linney, Actress
Peter G. Peterson, Former United States Secretary of Commerce
Cecile Richards, Daughter of Ann Richards
President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Liz Smith, Author and Columnist
Wayne Slater, Senior Political Writer – The Dallas Morning News
Lily Tomlin, Actress, Comedian, Writer
Kathleen Turner, Actress and Director
Jane Wagner, Writer, Director, and Producer
John Williams, Composer and Conductor
The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders
South by Southwest Film and Music Festival
Ann Willis Richards, born in a small town in central Texas in 1933, grew up with the assumed destiny of a simple life as wife and mother. She began as a grade school teacher and community volunteer, but her social circle exposed her to an atmosphere of rough-and-ready political activism, and she possessed a savvy awareness of the male-dominated political sphere.
When in her forties, with her four children no longer toddlers, Richards was persuaded by friends to become a candidate herself, rather than merely advise the campaigns of others. She was elected County Commissioner, and later to state-wide office as State Treasurer of Texas. During her tenure, she generated more non-tax revenue than all past treasurers in the state’s history combined.
Richards’ skills as a richly human, colorful, and passionate orator received national attention when she was chosen as the keynote speaker for the 1988 Democratic National Convention. Two years later, she would be elected as the 45th Governor of Texas. While she served just one term, her legacy of leadership stands even more powerfully today, thanks to the context in which she led and the immense scope of her vision.
Ann Richards’ tenure as Governor is remembered to this day thanks to her commitment to pressing issues such as healthcare, domestic violence, ethics reform, care for the elderly, and the addition of substance abuse rehabilitation programs within the penal system. Additionally, Richards instituted fiscal policies which led to a large budget surplus for the state of Texas.
Richards’ greatest achievement as Governor was in literally changing the face of government to more accurately represent the diverse population of the state. She oversaw more than 3,000 government and administrative appointments of individuals from previously underrepresented backgrounds including women, Hispanics, gay and lesbian individuals, African Americans, and the disabled. These decisions proved Richards to be an exemplar of the values of inclusion and equal opportunity on which our nation was founded, and her fearless support won her the hearts of a populace which still reveres her.
While her accomplishments alone would be enough to qualify Richards as a groundbreaking figure of the 20th century, it is her life after her tenure as Governor which reveals the unforeseen range of her influence, and the deep appeal she has for all Americans.
Richards left office, still vigorous at age sixty, and soon became a national media star and figure of even wider influence. Heading the New York office of an international consulting firm, she criss-crossed the country and the globe, recognized where ever she went, even finding herself mobbed in Tiananmen Square. It transpired that, unbeknownst to Texans, the world shared their affection for the vivacious former governor. She became everyone’s tough-as-nails grandmother
The committee recommending this honor is of the opinion that the essential nature of this American icon is connected to who we all are at our very best, and that in this violently divisive time, she is emerging as an empowering figure for us all.