Former Texas Democrat Representative Robert C. Krueger passed away Saturday morning at the age of 86.
According to The Hill, Krueger served for two terms in the United States House of Representatives and had a brief interim appointment to the Senate before a few other positions in what was referenced as a “sometimes-hazardous diplomatic career.”
“Krueger died Saturday morning in his New Braunfels home with his wife by his side after suffering from congestive heart failure, daughter Sarah Krueger said,” The Hill reported, going on to say that funeral arrangements were still pending.
Much of Krueger’s academic career was spent at Duke University, the University of Texas at Austin, Rice University, Oxford University and Texas State University.
The longtime student began his political career in 1974 with an election for the U.S. House, where he spent two terms before President Jimmy Carter appointed him to be the U.S. ambassador at large to coordinate Mexican affairs, a job that he served till the end of the Carter administration in 1981.
“Krueger returned to elective politics when he won a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission in 1990. He served from January 1991 until Texas Gov. Ann Richards tapped him to complete Lloyd Bentsen’s unexpired U.S. Senate term in January 1993 when Bentsen left to become President Bill Clinton’s Treasury secretary,” The Hill reported. “However, Krueger lost to Republican Kay Baily Hutchison in a June 1993 special election.”
NBC 11 News reported further on Krueger’s career:
Krueger returned to diplomacy when Clinton named him U.S. ambassador to Burundi in 1994. The eastern African country was embroiled in civil strife at the time. Krueger had to be airlifted when his convoy was attacked by unidentified gunmen in June 1995, killing one convoy member and injuring several others, and was recalled from the post for his safety.
Krueger was U.S. ambassador to Botswana in 1996-99 and a special U.S. representative to the 14-nation Southern African Development Community in 1998-2000. He then returned to academia as a visiting fellow at Merton College, Oxford, and continued his academic pursuits until his 2017 retirement from a lectureship position at Texas Tech University.