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Ross Perot

LEE High School football players warm up before their first home game of the season Sept. 8, 2018.
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Part of Texas billionaire Ross Perot’s legacy is a lasting influence on the state’s education policy. The two-time independent presidential candidate died Tuesday morning at age 89.

Perot took on Friday night lights as chair of a state education task force in 1984, leading to the passage of a major school reform bill that shaped Texas education for the past 35 years.

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A billionaire businessman rises from celebrity to the presidential stage, shaking up the establishment and raising nostalgic hopes about making America great again. Nearly three decades ago, that described Ross Perot, the plain-talking Texan who died Tuesday at age 89, leaving a lasting political legacy.

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Ross Perot, the colorful Texas billionaire businessman who ran twice for president, first as an independent and then as a third-party candidate, died early Tuesday at his home in Dallas. He was 89.

Perot, who had battled leukemia, was surrounded by family members when he died, his family said in a statement.