The House: Two Veterans Find Trouble Back Home

Fission in Fort Worth

He has served in Congress for 25 years, gradually rising through the ranks and in the esteem of his Democratic colleagues. Now, bushy-browed Jim Wright of Texas is completing his second term as majority leader, and he yearns to follow in the footsteps of fellow Texan Sam Rayburn by becoming House Speaker when Tip O'Neill retires. Wright, 57, has tended his Fort Worth constituency in ways open only to a veteran Congressman. He claims his district has more defense contracts than any other in the country, including at least $18...

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