Wayne Wright Connally (March 19, 1923 – December 20, 2000) was a Texas rancher, a Democratic member of both houses of the Texas State Legislature, and a brother of both former Governor and United States Treasury Secretary John Bowden Connally, Jr., and Merrill Lee Connally, Sr., an actor and a former county judge.
Connally was born into a family of eight children and reared in Floresville, the seat of Wilson County some thirty miles southeast of San Antonio. His father, John Connally, Sr., was a tenant farmer who once ran for county clerk. His mother, the former Lela Wright, gave him his middle name. After attending public schools in Floresville and San Antonio, Connally attended the University of Texas at Austin. He thereafter enlisted during World War II in the United States Army Air Corps, the forerunner of the Air Force.
In 1964, when John Connally was handily victorious to the second of three consecutive two-year terms as governor, Wayne Connally was elected to the District 44 seat in the Texas House of Representatives. In 1966, Wayne Connally was elected to the state Senate from District 21 and served until January 1973. In the 1970 Democratic primary, he defeated the