In 1993, the 73rd Texas Legislature renamed the Law Enforcement Management Institute in honor of State Representative Bill Blackwood (R-Mesquite). Bill Blackwood, a graduate of Texas A&M University, served in the Texas Legislature from 1984 through 1993. During this term, Representative Blackwood was a staunch supporter of law enforcement. In 1991, he sponsored legislation providing death benefits for the families of police officers killed in line of duty. And, in 1987, he sponsored the legislation creating the Law Enforcement Management Institute.
Representative Blackwood was diagnosed with cancer in 1991. Despite the advice of his doctors he remained active in the representation of the people in District 101. Representative Bill Blackwood died on June 25, 1993, shortly after the adjournment of the 73rd Regular Session. He was 56 years old.
No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave. -- Calvin Coolidge