Texas Leadership Hall Of Fame
Ernest Angelo, Jr.
2008 Outstanding Texas Leader
Ernest Angelo, Jr., known as Ernie Angelo (born March 7, 1934), is a Texas oilman and Republican politician who served from 1972–1980 as mayor of the West Texas city of Midland and was in 1976 the co-manager of the Ronald W. Reagan Texas presidential primary campaign.
Angelo was born in the state capital of St. Paul, Minnesota, to Ernest Angelo, Sr. (1894–1971), and the former Helen Marie Moran (1895–2003). The senior Angelo was a college professor at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis-St. Paul before he accepted a position with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture in Bogalusa, the largest city in Washington Parish, one of the “Florida Parishes” of the far southeastern section of Louisiana. Angelo, Jr., grew up in Bogalusa and in Covington, the seat of St. Tammany Parish in the New Orleans suburbs. He graduated in 1952 from the Roman Catholic St. Paul’s School in Covington and entered the petroleum engineering program at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, from which he graduated in 1956. Thereafter, he served briefly in the United States Air Force and was in the Reserves for eight years.