Hurd Replaces Tattered Flag for John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner III of Uvalde

October 21, 2019
Press Release
‘From his time as Uvalde County Judge to his service as the 32nd Vice President of the United States, Cactus Jack devoted his career to serving his community and his country.’

UVALDE, TX – This weekend, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) proudly presented to the City of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin Jr. and other officials a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol building to reside over John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner III’s gravesite at the Uvalde City Cemetery.

After one of Rep. Hurd’s staffers noticed a tattered flag over the former Vice President’s gravesite, his office got to work to replace it and honor Cactus Jack’s long, distinguished career as a public servant by flying a U.S. flag over the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

“From his time as Uvalde County Judge to his service as the 32nd Vice President of the United States, Cactus Jack devoted his career to serving his community and his country,” said Hurd. “When my staffer visited his gravesite and saw a tattered flag, my office got right to work. I'm glad we could present the City of Uvalde with a new U.S. flag flown over our nation's Capitol to honor this giant of a man and pillar of our community. It's the least we could do for someone who did so much for us.”

John Nance Garner had a long career of public service, serving as:

  • Judge of Uvalde County (1893-96);
  • Member of the Texas State House of Representatives (1898-1902);
  • Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1903-1933), including in leadership as minority floor leader and Speaker of the House; and,
  • Vice President of the United States under President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1941).