One of the top ten donors of Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign is now dead.
Steve Mostyn, a Houston lawyer and wealthy and well-known backer of Democratic candidates and causes, died at age 46.
Although his wife did not disclose his cause of death, she did state that he experienced “a sudden onset and battle with mental illness” and encouraged individuals to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline “if you or a loved one are thinking about suicide.”
He grew up in the small Texas tow of Whitehouse and attended South Texas College of Law.
According to the Texas Tribune:
He made his fortune suing insurance companies on behalf of homeowners after hurricanes. He and his wife, also an attorney, have long been considered the state’s most powerful Democratic backers, spending millions on Democratic campaigns in Texas and beyond.
But Mostyn didn’t just spend money behind the scenes. He often made his opposition to Republican leaders and policies known in plain and public terms. In 2010, he famously paid for full-page ads in Texas newspapers calling Gov. Rick Perry a “coward” for refusing to debate his Democratic rival, former Houston Mayor Bill White.
“Steve was a giant,” Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement. “He was the epitome of a Texas Democrat – big, bold, fearless, and caring. He dedicated his professional and personal life to fighting for the little guy.”
Hinojosa told the press that Mostyn was “the epitome of a Texas Democrat–big, bold, fearless, and caring. He dedicated his professional and personal life to fighting for the little guy.”
Since 2000, Mostyn donated almost $25 million to Democratic candidates and causes.
He was featured in Forbes magazine for being one of the top twenty donors to Hillary Clinton’s Super PAC.
The Mostyn family also established the Mostyn Moreno Educational Foundation, “which backs eddorts to support and encourage special needs children, especially in Houston and the Gulf Coast area.”
Chairman of the Texas House Democratic Caucus remarked that Mostyn, “will forever be remembered as a tireless and fearless fighter for justice — in and outside the courtroom…Steve’s legacy of fighting for fairness for all Texans will live forever with the family, friends, and people he worked with and cared for.”
Our condolences go out to the Mostyn family and their friends in their time of grief and sorrow.
If you know of anyone who has had thoughts of suicide, please encourage them to visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention, help others in crisis, and change the conversation around suicide.
Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives.
Let us once and for all remove the stigma surrounding mental health so that everyone may seek the treatment they need–both physically and mentally.
Mostyn leaves behind his wife, Amber, and two children, sixteen-year-old Mitch and 10-year-old Ava.