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Texas Trial Lawyer and Major Democratic Donor Steve Mostyn Has Died

A sudden onset of mental health issues prompted Mostyn to take his own life.

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Steve Mostyn on July 16, 2010.
Photograph by Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP

Houston trial lawyer Steve Mostyn was a pioneer in lawsuits involving insurance claims after Hurricane Ike in 2008 and a major hail storm in South Texas in 2012. For most of this decade, he and his wife Amber have also been the godparents of funding for Democratic candidates in Texas. Since 2009, the Mostyns and their law firm have given $25.7 million to Democratic candidates and organizations, as well as the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, according to the Texas Ethics Commission. On Wednesday, Mostyn took his own life after an onset of mental health issues. Here’s the statement from Amber Mostyn:

“Our family is heartbroken to confirm that after a sudden onset and battle with a mental health issue, Steve passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Steve was a beloved husband and devoted father who adored his children and never missed any of their sporting activities. He was a true friend, and a faithful fighter for those who did not have a voice.
“Steve touched countless lives. Many friends and colleagues in Texas and throughout the country have reached out during this painful time. Our family is requesting privacy, and we will not be responding to media inquires. The details of a celebration of Steve’s life will be announced at a later date.
“In honor of Steve’s life and legacy, please consider supporting the important work of the Mostyn Moreno Foundation or the Special Olympics of Texas. If you or a loved one are thinking about suicide, or experiencing a health crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline right now at 1-800-273-8255.”

Here is a sample of Texas Monthly pieces about the Mostyns in recent years:

A Hail of a Storm Is Brewing in the Senate

The Future of Battleground Texas

The Challenges Ahead for Wendy Davis

Senator Sylvia Garcia

“Draft Castro” movement emerges in San Antonio

The Power List 2011/with a clarification



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  • John Bernard Books

    Steve Mostyn defined what dems have become. Sleaziest of the sleaze.

    • dave in texas

      You are truly a worthless piece of sh*t, completely lacking even the barest hint of decency or humanity.

      • John Bernard Books

        I don’t like sleaze…deal with it

        • sdkelly38

          Oh really. Because you just embodied it.

          • John Bernard Books

            Dems haven’t won a statewide election in Texas in over 20 years because Texans don’t like their policies. Mostyn sunk millions into trying to elect a dem to anything. He couldn’t……how depressing.

      • WUSRPH

        You can avoid being subjected to his vileness by blocking him as most of the regular posters have done.

        • dave in texas

          I’m not a fan of blocking people. This particular $%*&! probably takes it as a badge of honor, and I refuse to give him the satisfaction.

          • WUSRPH

            Actually I think he thrives on getting people to react to him….it makes him feel important…and blocking him hurts his ego.

          • dave in texas

            Maybe, maybe not. It’s hard to say what’s behind such despicable, hateful, and abhorrent behavior. I’m sure I don’t want to understand the thought processes that produce such bile, anyway.

          • John Bernard Books

            you narcissistic old fool…..

          • John Bernard Books

            go ahead Dave that how dems handle things, they can’t discuss issues instead they call names and block people,,,,,,,cowards


    A tragic loss.

  • Kozmo

    Very sad that things have gotten so bad that this man couldn’t see any other way out.

  • Clay Foster

    Having stood at the precipice myself, I can attest to how suddenly it can appear on the horizon. If harming yourself is something you are considering, there are people who love you very much that will come running through the murky waters of your despair, reaching for your hand.

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  • FiftycalTX

    Was the guy a felon? Was he able to legally have a gun? Where was the family? How about his past history of domestic abuse? Did the “background check” system fail AGAIN?

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    Since God doesn’t take $$$$$$$$$$ I am guessing he is squirming with his explanation to God why he supported the slaughter of 54 million of His children specifically those millions children of color.