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LBJ rule

LBJ rule
 n.Gloss: a law that says a politician currently holding an elected office can run simultaneously for re-election to that office and for election to a new office. Note: LBJ refers to President Lyndon Baines Johnson. «Using what is known in Texas as the LBJ rule, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Clute, is seeking re-election in his 14th Congressional District as well as running for president.» —“Ron Paul presidential/congressional podcast” by R.G. Ratcliffe Chron.com: Texas Politics Feb. 9, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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  • I recently read volumes 2 & 3 of Robert Caro’s biography of LBJ , which covered his time in the Senate and went into great depth about Texas politics .
    Without being able to find a specific reference (the 2 books come to about 2k pages in total), but mindful of the way he could arrange matters in Texas for his own advantage , I would hazard a guess that the rule was devised for LBJ’s benefit , one side or the other of WW2.

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