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image by Joe McMillan, 27 February 2000
The Texas legislature enacted a comprehensive rewrite of the laws relating to its flag and seal in 1993 (which I drafted). The statute specifically granted the governor the authority to adopt a flag for the governor's official use, but neither the former or current governor (Ann W. Richards and George W. Bush, respectively) has done so. What I hear through unofficial channels is that the governor's office (both former and current) is concerned that adopting a flag will appear "imperial," and thus be a political liability. I thought we were giving the governor flexibility, but it apparently was a mistake not to impose a specific design. I am working on correcting this in the 1997 session of the legislature.
By the way, there has been a de facto governor's flag from the late 1960s-early 1970s to the late 1980s. It consists of the state arms (a lone star encircled by live oak and olive branches) on a light blue circle, all on a dark blue field with a white star in each corner.
Charles Spain, 5 June 1996
Texas' House of Representatives tentatively approved an official flag for the governor. It is the former 'de facto' gubernatorial flag but, in the spirit of not always PC defiance, they decided to add "In God We Trust", a motto not very popular one nowadays (e.g. removal of it from the recent $1 coin). The bill on the flag will go to the Senate now for final approval.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 5 May 2009