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If you counted up the combined years of total public service of the following former mayors, you’d discover that it covers more time than the longest of Texas droughts. Here’s why some of our well-known “local” politicians are stumping nowadays. Steve Bartlett (Dallas, 1991-1995) is the president of Financial Services Roundtable in Washington, D.C., which lobbies on behalf of the country’s one hundred largest financial companies. Kathy Whitmire (Houston, 1982-1992), left, in 1991, teaches at the University of Maryland, where she is a senior fellow at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership. Lila Cockrell (San Antonio, 1975-1981) is the president of the San Antonio Parks Foundation. Jeff Freidman (Austin, 1975-1977) is a partner at the Austin law firm Friedman and Weddington.