About the time Lyndon was 5 years old, he moved with his parents and two sisters (two more siblings were born later) to a new home about fourteen miles away from the farmhouse, and this is where he would spend the rest of his adolescence. Samuel Johnson Jr. was a state legislator for twelve years, and even as a child Lyndon was working on his father's campaign for re-election and present at other political meetings. It was on the porch of his boyhood home in 1937 that Lyndon announce his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives for the Tenth District of the State of Texas.
In 1951, while he was serving as a senator, Johnson's aunt traded her ranch for another family property. He spent many of his teenage summers working on his aunt and uncle's ranch, and it was an extremely sentimental possession. He named his property LBJ Ranch and threw himself into the ranching culture, improving the land and purchasing cattle. His rancher image became iconic as he entered the national political stage.
Lyndon and his wife Lady Bird lived in the original ranch home on the property, which became known as the Texas White House. The couple made extensive repairs to the home which was first constructed by a German immigrant named William Meier in 1894.