George H. Mahon's service as first Lubbock congressman honored with historical marker
One of the most influential leaders of the 20th century in West Texas, Congressman George H. Mahon, was honored with a Texas historical marker Saturday.
When a congressional district was created for Lubbock in 1935, he became the first leader to represent the city on a national level.
"He served 44 years in Congress. He was the first person to represent our congressional district in Lubbock. He was our first leader to serve, and he served many years as the chairman of the appropriations committee," Pope said.
He said Mahon helped persuade federal officials to grant millions of dollars in federal aid to Lubbock after severe tornado damage in 1970.
That is why the George & Helen Mahon Library was created on the site of the devastation.
It is also where the historical marker of his service was unveiled, and Mayor Pope said not only did he help re-shape Lubbock, but he also started its expansion with work on major roadways.
"Interstate 27 would be his hallmark. It was not completed until after his death, so he wasn't able to see what it is today. We're trying to continue that legacy by trying to extend I-27 to Laredo with our Ports to Plains effort. I think Chairman Mahon would be very supportive of something like that," Pope said.
Always serving towards the best interest of West Texas, Pope said Mahon was a champion of the rural community.
"He never forgot where he came from. He was a humble leader and a man of integrity. He's somebody that I think personified West Texas," Pope said.