Houston, Texas, USA : Democratic mega donor, Houston Attorney Steve Mostyn died on Wednesday at 46, according to a statement released by his wife, Amber, Mostyn. Amber, Mostyn said he died after “a sudden onset and battle with a mental health issue.
“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,” she said.
The statement by his wife also said: “If you or a loved one are thinking about suicide, or experiencing a health situation, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline right now at 1-800-273-8255.”
Mostyn is also survived by his daughter, Ava, his son, Mitch and his nephew, Skyler Anderson.
A native of Whitehouse – a small town in East Texas – Steve Mostyn graduated in 1996 from South Texas College of Law, and in 1997 began his legal career. He quickly became a partner in a Houston, Texas law firm, but soon decided he could become a stronger advocate for people’s rights by creating a uniquely different Texas law firm.
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.
The Texas Democratic Party Tweeted:
Texas Democrats Verified account @texasdemocrats : ‘We are saddened by the passing of Steve Mostyn. Millions of Texans live better lives because of his advocacy, philanthropy, and sheer willpower. He was a giant — the epitome of a Texas Democrat: Big, bold, fearless, and caring. Our prayers are with his entire family.’
“Steve was a giant,” Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa also 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.”
Mostyn gave more than $2.3 million toward Democrats’ 2014 efforts to elect candidates including Wendy Davis, who ran for governor. In total, he had given Davis more than $3 million over the course of her political career. Since 2000, he had donated more than $24 million to political causes in his name and in his law firm’s name, according to Texas Ethics Commission records.
“I am heartbroken,” Davis tweeted Thursday. “Texas has lost an extraordinary person. Steve was a committed and effective fighter for justice, a wonderful husband, father and friend. He leaves behind a lasting impact on everyone who’s life he touched.”