About Bill King
My career as a businessman and lawyer has often intersected with government giving me a unique understanding of how the city operates and where it needs improvement. Beginning in 2004, I began researching and writing about these problems as a columnist with the Houston Chronicle, and now in my blog BillKingBlog.com. During the 2015 mayoral election, I was the first to speak openly about Houston’s need for pension reform, which became the leading campaign issue of that election, and led to significant changes in 2017.
We also must get back to basics. That means city government must focus on the basic services it provides like combating crime, trash pickup, flood prevention, among others. These are basic services that every resident of Houston deserves, but city government has fallen short in recent years.
Houston is my home. I was born and raised in the Clear Lake area and attended Clear Creek High School. I worked my way through college and law school at the University of Houston. I have served on the boards of various charities and other institutions like Interfaith Ministries, the Galveston Bay Foundation, Texas Southern University, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston, Memorial Hermann Foundation, Houston Methodist Debakey Heart and Vascular Center Advisory Council, CYCLE, the HISD Foundation and many others.
If you want a city with smooth streets; a city where the trash is picked up on time, all the time; a city where your neighborhood is regularly patrolled; and a city where your family can go to sleep on a stormy night without being flooded — in other words, a government that works for you and not political donors, join our campaign today! It’s time to clean up City Hall and get back to basics!
My Search for the Rational Center in American Politics
Bringing together the best of King’s work, the book explores topics ranging from the demographic revolution sweeping America to the pressing need for Social Security reform to the place of religious faith in politics. King’s reach extends from Houston’s local government scene to the Austin statehouse and the halls of Congress.
Whatever the subject, King’s dispassionate, fact-driven approach to hot-button issues sets him apart from other political observers. His clear explanation of complex subjects provides welcome perspective on topics that have become muddled by partisan interpretations.
Saving Face: An Alternative and Personal Account of the Savings & Loan Crisis
Credit markets frozen. New housing frozen. Record foreclosures. Circular arguments about government responsibility and government fixes. Class action suits by investors. Criminal investigations. If this sounds familiar in 2008, it’s because we lived it before. SAVING FACE is author Bill King s retelling of the savings and loan collapse and its aftermath. Enlivened by his often harrowing experiences as a major player in that industry, SAVING FACE narrates the ways in which the S&L crisis affected the everyday lives of real people at every level of the economy. King shows that eerily similar forces are at play today. King documents the origins of the collapse in Depression era policies that went awry in the 1970s. He then shows how the government, instead of proactively addressing the problem, ignored and denied the very existence of a problem. Ultimately, when the crisis could no longer be swept under the rug, Congress and government regulators blamed the fiasco on S&L crooks. But in 1993 an independent Federal Commission debunked the S&L crook explanation, declaring: It is important to realize that fraud was not the cause of the S&L debacle. Through hundreds of interviews and meticulous research, King traces the true dynamics of the collapse, drawing comparisons to intervening crises — even scandals — in government contracting and securities regulations, all the way to the sub-prime meltdown of 2007 – 2008 and the hat-in-hand reality of major financial institutions going begging for survival funds overseas. SAVING FACE shows in vivid detail how we repeat a cycle of almost willful ignorance, and resulting pain from Wall to Main — for reasons that need not be. In his final section, Lessons Learned, King shows us the beginning of an end to economic insanity, making SAVING FACE a cautionary must-read for every concerned American.