In this photo, taken by the Austin American-Statesman, Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson and Mrs. Mattie Malone examine a light fixture in May of 1941 during LBJ’s Senate campaign.
Why was electricity a campaign issue? Here’s Randall Woods:
“Throughout the summer of 1938, LBJ roamed up and down the countryside making the case for public power. By the fall of that year, twenty-five out of twenty-six cities had voted for public power and enough farmers and ranchers had signed up to make several central Texas cooperatives viable.”
LBJ helped turn the lights on across the Hill Country.
—Woods, Randall B. LBJ: Architect of American Ambition. New York: Free Press, 2006, p. 134.
Photo is via LBJ Library, #41-5-63. Use free with credit to the source, the Austin American Statesman.