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Former Texas governor dead at 87

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- Former Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe has died, state government officials said Sunday.

Briscoe, 87, was governor between 1973-79, according to the Texas library archives. Briscoe became governor after promising to clean up a scandal-tainted state government, the library said on its website.

Gov. Rick Perry said Briscoe was a mentor and a leader who put the state's needs first.

"He understood the importance of limited government and low taxes as a way to guard individual liberty and encourage the economic growth that creates jobs for families," Perry said in a statement.