Jeb Hensarling

Jeb Hensarling


Hensarling Honors Heroes Who Have Made The Ultimate Sacrifice


WASHINGTON Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) released the following statement in observance of Memorial Day.

“Freedom is not free – it comes at incredible cost. Since our founding, millions of brave Americans have gone into harm’s way so that we could enjoy the blessings of peace and prosperity. Called on by their country, acting out of patriotism and in the most dangerous of circumstances, soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have demonstrated extraordinary courage in defending our country and the principles of democracy that we hold dear.

“From Bunker Hill to Berlin to Baghdad, American troops have died to liberate millions from the forces of tyranny. They’ve stared evil in the eyes and stood for all that is good in the world. They’ve overcome obstacles and defied impossible odds. Even in death, their service brought light to places of darkness and despotism. Because of their heroism, their sacrifices have reverberated throughout the ages. It is this sacrifice that we remember and honor today.

“We must also remember the families of the fallen who are left to carry on after—as President Lincoln said—‘having laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.’

“On this Memorial Day, my thoughts are on those heroes who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country and my prayers of comfort are with their families. The Americans who die fighting for our country deserve the solemn gratitude of each and every one of their fellow citizens. Our devotion to their memory must be as boundless and endless as their devotion was to us.”




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Hensarling, Lee Unveil Regulatory Budget Act


WASHINGTONU.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), joined Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Representatives Dave Brat (R-VA) and Mark Walker (R-NC) to unveil the “Article I Regulatory Budget Act.” This legislation – which will, for the first time, require Congress to vote on the total regulatory burden each federal agency may impose on the American people each year – is a part of Article One Project (A1P) initiative Congressman Hensarling launched with Senator Lee earlier this year to reclaim Congress’ constitutional authority from the Executive Branch.  

During his remarks, Hensarling discussed why the Regulatory Budget Act was so important to confronting the so-called Fourth Branch of government and restoring the Constitutional order and legislative supremacy of Article I. “Federal regulations come with a cost, albeit a hidden one.  If the American people can look up in the federal budget to see the monetary cost of what the IRS or EPA is imposing on them, why shouldn’t they be able to look up what the regulatory cost is? Beyond making the cost of federal regulation transparent, a regulatory budget will also help restore accountability for the cost of regulation onto the people’s elected representatives,” explained Hensarling. “With a regulatory budget, no longer would Members of Congress be able to simply pass the buck and blame faceless bureaucrats for the costs that regulation would impose.”  

“There is still a lot more we need to do to restore the Constitutional order – and with it the supremacy of Article I – that has allowed our nation to flourish for over 200 years.  That’s what the Article I Project is all about, and the regulatory budget proposal we have here today is a great tool to help us do just that,” Hensarling concluded.

Senator Lee focused his remarks on how we got to this point and why he joined with Congressman Hensarling to start the Article One Project. “Instead of writing laws containing specific rules of action and distinct standards of legality, most major bills passed by Congress simply establish aspirational guidelines, while delegating to the Executive Branch the power to determine the specifics. For the rule-writing bureaucrats, these open-ended laws are gifts that keep on giving. But for the American people, this kind of government without consent is a violation of the social compact at the heart of our Republic and exactly why they no longer trust the federal government. Earning back the American people’s trust is the chief objective of the Article I Project’s agenda to re-empower Congress. And it’s why today we’re introducing the Article I Regulatory Budget Act – a bill that will put the Legislative Branch back in charge of lawmaking and, by extension, put the American people back in charge of Washington.”

A full video of the remarks by Congressman Hensarling can be viewed here. To learn more about the “Article I Regulatory Budget Act,” click here.




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Hensarling Responds to Secretary’s Comments on VA Wait Times


WASHINGTON – Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement today in response to comments by Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald comparing wait times at the VA with the wait times for lines at Disneyland. 

“The comments made by VA Secretary McDonald are appalling and out of touch with reality.  His remarks citing Disneyland to make a point that wait times really aren’t important belittles the frustration of more than 400,000  veterans who are waiting on the VA and makes a mockery of the national scandal that veterans have died while waiting to receive the care their valiant service earned them.  Secretary McDonald was brought in to fix this problem, but his flippant remarks make me question whether or not he truly grasps the problems our veterans face and his ability to effectively remedy them.”




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Hensarling, Fellow Conservatives Send Letter Challenging President’s School Bathroom Mandate


WASHINGTON—U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement today after joining with 38 other conservatives in the House on a letter to President Obama challenging his recent announcement that the administration plans to withhold funds to local school districts that do not allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.

“The Obama Administration’s directive is an outrageous and unlawful attempt to bully local schools into adhering to a flawed policy that ignores the rights of the vast majority of the students and parents who make up our local school systems,” Hensarling said.

Text of the letter from Hensarling and his colleagues is below.


May 16, 2016


President Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Washington, D.C. 20500


Dear President Obama:

We are extremely concerned with the recent directive from your Administration threatening legal action against or denial of congressionally appropriated funds to local school districts that do not allow students to use their bathroom of choice regardless of their gender. We ask that you rescind your poorly executed threat to school districts across the country and reaffirm their right to govern themselves as they see fit within the bounds of the law.

To date, neither statute nor legal precedent has extended civil rights protections based on gender identity.  Furthermore your actions threaten to infringe on the constitutional right of Congress to appropriate funds.  We view this as an effort to implement your Administration’s political agenda outside the bounds of the law and against the will of the American people.

We insist that you withdraw this legally unfounded threat immediately. 




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Hensarling Votes to Hold IRS Accountable


WASHINGTON—U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, release the following statement upon House passage of several bills (H.R. 3724, H.R. 4890, H.R. 4855 and H.R. 1206) aimed at protecting hardworking American taxpayers and holding the IRS accountable.

“This month, as millions of Americans file their tax returns for shrinking or stagnant paychecks, were reminded that the economy isn’t working for working Americans. One of the biggest reasons for the slow, tepid recovery we find ourselves in is our broken tax code. Fundamental tax reform is a pillar of economic growth, and I am committed to working with my fellow Republicans to make the tax code fairer, flatter, simpler, and more competitive so that Americans can keep more of their hard-earned money.

“I am also committed to preventing fraud and abuse and holding the IRS accountable to the American people. This week, we passed common sense legislation to ensure that the IRS could not rehire any employees who were fired for misconduct; bonuses at the IRS were only given when earned; the IRS doesn’t hire employees with major tax debt; and that the people’s elected representatives in Congress have oversight authority and a say in where the IRS spends its funds.”



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Hensarling Announces 2016 U.S. Service Academies Forum


WASHINGTON U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05) announced today that this year’s North Texas U.S. Service Academies Forum will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016.  This informational forum, which Hensarling co-sponsors, provides interested students in grades eight through twelve with an opportunity to learn more about our nation’s service academies, their requirements for admission, and the selection process.

Representatives from Texas congressional offices and all five military service academies—U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy—as well as current academy cadets and midshipmen will be on hand to speak with interested students, parents, and educators about these premier educational institutions and the career opportunities they generate. Representatives from the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps ROTC will also attend.

The Forum, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM with registration beginning at 7:30 AM.  Those with questions about the forum or the service academy nomination process are encouraged to contact Margaret Smith in Congressman Hensarling’s Dallas office at 214-349-9996.


WHAT: North Texas U.S. Service Academies Forum

WHEN:  Saturday, April 2, 2016

TIME:  Registration- 7:30 AM; Forum- 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WHERE:  Sam Houston High School

(2000 Sam Houston Drive, Arlington, Texas 76014)




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Hensarling to Supreme Court: Reject Obama Amnesty


WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a resolution authorizing Speaker Ryan to file a “friend of the court” brief with the Supreme Court on behalf of the House of Representatives in the matter of United States, et al. v. Texas, et al..

“The president is clearly exceeding his constitutional authority by using executive action to exempt broad categories of illegal immigrants from prosecution and removal.  Furthermore, the president’s decision to give those illegal immigrants authorization to work in the United States is a clear violation of our existing immigration laws. The resolution passed by the House today is one in a series of actions the House has, and will continue to take this Congress to address this unconstitutional power grab.  

“The American people strongly oppose President Obama’s unconstitutional overreach, and I am proud to stand with leaders at the state and federal level in this fight to uphold the Constitution and defend the rule of law.”



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Hensarling: President’s Plan to Close Guantanamo Threatens U.S. Security


WASHINGTON – Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement today in response to President Obama’s plan to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“Congress has consistently rejected the idea of closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay due to the imminent and irreparable threat to our country should detainees be transferred to U.S. soil. In fact, just this past November, overwhelming, bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016—which not only expressly prohibits the transfer of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to the United States, but also prohibits the unilateral transfer of detainees by the president.  The president’s plan seems aimed at fulfilling a bad political promise he made over seven years ago and does nothing to convince me that closure of this facility is in the best interests of the national security of the United States.”  



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Reviving America’s Constitutional Order


WASHINGTON U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) delivered a speech at Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center today entitled, “Reviving America’s Constitutional Order.” The speech marked the formal launch of the Article One Project (A1P), which is a new network of House and Senate conservatives – led by Hensarling and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) – working together on a broad agenda to strengthen Congress by reclaiming constitutional powers now being exercised by the Executive Branch. The following is text of the speech as prepared for delivery:

It is truly an honor to be with you and to be joined by my good friend, Senator Mike Lee.  In his short time in Washington, Mike has become a nationally recognized defender of our sacred liberties and a tireless advocate for our founding constitutional principles.  How fortunate we are that he serves in the United States Senate, especially during this pivotal time for our country.

And thank you to Hillsdale College for hosting this event.  Hillsdale is indispensable to the cause of liberty, and it’s great to be back.

Last summer my wife Melissa and I took our 13 and 11 year old children to Philadelphia.  Of course we visited Independence Hall, where everywhere you turn you are walking in the footsteps of giants, like Washington, Madison, Franklin – and all those heroic patriots who made this great experiment, this golden hope for all mankind called America, possible.

As we walked, I was reminded that the years leading up to the Constitutional Convention were some of the most difficult our nation has ever endured.  Crushing debt and rampant inflation put our young nation on the edge of economic collapse.  Bitter trade disputes between the states threatened to become violent.  Some thought the answer lied in secession.  Others feared perhaps a return to monarchy.  Patrick Henry boycotted the proceedings. 

Madison and General Henry Knox had to travel to Mount Vernon to convince the retired Washington to even attend. 

As the delegates gathered, the public mood was so dark that Edmund Randolph worried:  “Are we not on the eve of war, which is only prevented by the hopes from this Convention?”

Many times, despair and anguish ruled the day.  More than once, the whole enterprise seemed destined for certain failure.

But it did not fail.  The Spirit of ’76 still resoundingly echoed in those hallowed halls.  The seed of American exceptionalism was surely planted in 1776.  But it did not take firm root until 1787. 

Only then did “we, the people” truly secure our liberty.  And the course of human events would never be the same.

In his penultimate State of the Union message, President Reagan reminded us that those three simple words – “we, the people” – make all the difference between our constitution and the constitutions of other nations.  “In those other constitutions,” he said, “the government tells the people what they are allowed to do.  In our Constitution, we the people tell the government what it can do and that it can do only those things that are listed in that document and no others.”

The sheer genius of our Constitution – its framework of checks and balances, limited government, co-equal branches of government – secured our fundamental rights and gave rise to the freest, most prosperous civilization the world has ever known.  But to put it mildly, over the years many of these principles have been neglected – sometimes abandoned. 

Instead of a limited federal government operating from a clearly defined enumeration of powers, we have a leviathan that has metastasized into the nation’s largest creditor, debtor and lender; its largest employer, property owner and tenant; its largest insurer, health care provider and pension underwriter.

Instead of checks and balances, we have the President’s pen and phone.

Instead of three co-equal branches of government, we have seen the rise of an unaccountable fourth branch – namely agency government.

Our woeful neglect of America’s first principles pre-dates the Obama presidency and regrettably has occurred during the administrations of both Democrats and Republicans.  But there can be no denying the wounds to our Constitution have grown markedly worse during Barack Obama’s time in office.

It is a reminder that while ominous foreign threats to our safety and security may lead the nightly news – threats that emanate from faraway capitals like Moscow, Damascus and Tehran – we cannot and must not lose sight of the domestic threats to our freedom and prosperity that emanate from another  capital city far closer to home:  Washington, DC.

Some of these domestic threats may appear less evident in the short-term, but over time they are corrosive to our Constitution and to our wellbeing as individuals and as a nation.

None of us can afford to lose sight of Madison’s famous warning that, “there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

That’s why we’re gathered here today to launch the Article One Project, a new network of conservatives working together to reclaim Congress’s rightful constitutional role.

Fortunately, as we embark on the project’s critical mission, we are not without guidance.  The Constitution already shows us the pathway forward:  limit government, not freedom; guarantee opportunity, not outcomes; and assure that all Americans stand equal before the law. 

As a member of Congress, there is no job more important and none that I take more seriously than upholding the Constitution.

Yet I do not recall ever in my lifetime a moment when the Constitution is under assault more than today. 

Just in the last few years, we have seen an American president unilaterally create new law, annul existing law and even declare the Senate in recess when it was not so he could install political functionaries into top government positions. 

Clearly, that whole “advice and consent” foolishness can be such a bother to a president! This from a man who frequently reminds us he used to be a constitutional law professor.  Surely his former students have a cause of action for teaching malpractice.  Hopefully the statute of limitations has not run!

The devotees of this governing philosophy, so at odds with America’s founding principles, call themselves “progressive.” 

But as my good friend and our Speaker, Paul Ryan, has said:  “The ironic thing about ‘progressivism’ is that it’s terribly old-fashioned.”

For progressives believe only a certain class of people – a class to which they, of course, belong – has the duty and the responsibility to hold political power.  We must yield to their expert management for our own good because – as one architect of Obamacare said – the rest of us are just too stupid to know better.  So how could we possibly know what health insurance plan is best for us, what kind of mortgage we need, or how much water should be in our toilets? To Progressives, the Constitution is just a huge inconvenience.

Herbert Croly, a leading voice of the early Progressive movement and co-founder of The New Republic magazine, said as much when he stated the Progressive vision of government “legislates, but without  being…a legislature.  It administers, but without being…an executive.  It adjudicates, but without any power of attaching final construction to the law.  It is simply a convenient means of consolidating the divided activities of the government for certain practical social purposes.”

Madison, in Federalist number 47, had a different take on this notion. He wrote, “The combination of all power legislative, executive, and judiciary in the same hands…may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

The seed of this form of tyranny was planted during the Wilson Administration, bloomed during FDR’s New Deal, became overgrown in LBJ’s Great Society, and has now reached crisis proportions under President Obama.

This century-long Progressive expansion of unconstitutional government has unleashed the modern regulatory state as we know it – extremely powerful, exceedingly intrusive, imperiously opaque, bafflingly bureaucratic, and alarmingly unaccountable.

Now Congress has been no an innocent bystander during all this.  Part of the reason we have this out-of-control regulatory state is because, for too long, Congress has outsourced its constitutional responsibilities.

As we all know, Article One, Section One of our Constitution states “all legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress.”  Thus, when Congress delegates its fundamental legislative authority to an unelected and unaccountable bureaucracy, it has arguably acted in an unconstitutional manner.  This self-enfeeblement must end.

Because when Congress allows its authority to be usurped, the people’s right to both self-government and due process is undermined.  Instead of being governed by the rule of law, citizens become more and more governed by the rule of rulers. 

The citizen’s right to carefully deliberate proposed legislation through their representatives in Congress becomes reduced to nothing but a “notice and comment” period when they are permitted to merely lodge complaints and suggestions – all of which the unelected bureaucrats are free to ignore, all of which the unelected bureaucrats may use to retaliate.

The result? It is OSHA now, not Congress, that governs over workplace safety.  It is the EPA now, not Congress, that governs our air quality.  It is HHS now, not Congress that governs over our health care.  And most alarmingly to our economic opportunity and economic liberty, it is the bureaucratic progeny of Dodd-Frank that now rules over our financial markets.

So where do we go from here?

First, Congress must reaffirm the primacy of congressional authority.  And of all the tools we can use to address this, none is greater than the power of the purse.  This Article One responsibility is the most potent and effective instrument we have to hold the Executive accountable.  To paraphrase a colorful fellow Texan, President Johnson:  If you grab a bureaucracy by its budget, its heart and mind will soon follow.  For years, Congress has slowly surrendered its constitutional power over federal spending.  Our first priority is to reclaim it. 

To do so, Congress needs serious reforms that will give us an entirely new budget process.  As someone who National Review once called “Representative Budget Reform,” I am eager for us to start, though success will not be easy or immediate. 

But I take heart knowing, as Jefferson did, that “the ground of liberty is to be gained by inches.”

Reforming the broken budget process is something I’ve worked on since coming to Congress.  Fortunately, we have taken the first step in budget reform with the success of our opening salvo – the ban on earmarks.

In addition to budget reform, Congress must also end the practice of delegating lawmaking authority to unelected and unaccountable agency government.  No more passing vague laws that direct agencies to fill in the blanks.  For example, the REINS Act -- which has passed the House – would introduce both constitutionally and accountability into the system by requiring Congress to approve any major new regulations. 

The Act is as simple as it is profound. Its ultimate passage into law must be a major priority of the Conservative Movement.

Ladies and gentlemen, let each of us take our stand for freedom as in the olden time when brave patriots met at Independence Hall.  That remarkable group dared to believe they could start the world over again. 

Let us dare to believe that we, in our own way, can again secure the blessings of liberty for coming generations of Americans.  Let us take our stand today as free people called to make our future worthy of our past.  Let us rededicate ourselves to Article One of the Constitution. 

Thank you.



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National Review: A Stronger Congress, A Healthier Republic


"All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."

 – Article I, Section 1, U.S. Constitution

The federal government is broken. And while there is plenty of blame to go around, only Congress can fix it.

We don’t mean this as an indictment of any one leader or party, because the dysfunction in Washington today has accreted over decades, under Houses, Senates, and presidents of every partisan combination, as well as the many different justices of the Supreme Court.

To be sure, not every misguided, dysfunctional federal policy is a direct act of Congress. But that points toward the root problem.

The stability and moral legitimacy of America’s governing institutions depend on a representative, transparent, and accountable Congress to make its laws. For years, however, Congress has delegated too much of its legislative authority to the executive branch, skirting the thankless work and ruthless accountability that Article 1 demands and taking up a new position as backseat drivers of the republic.

So today, Americans’ laws are increasingly written by people other than their representatives in the House and Senate, and via processes specifically designed to exclude public scrutiny and input. This arrangement benefits well-connected insiders who thrive in less-accountable modes of policymaking, but it does so at the expense of the American people — for whose freedom our system of separated powers was devised in the first place.

In short, we have moved from a nation governed by the rule of law to one governed by the rule of rulers and unelected, unaccountable regulators.

Congress’s abdication, unsurprisingly, has led to a proliferation of bad policy and to the erosion of public trust in the institutions of government. Distrust, also unsurprisingly, is now the defining theme of American politics.

For conservatives, Congress’s dereliction represents something of a crisis. First, because conservatives believe in constitutionalism as a bulwark of freedom and justice in our society. And second, because the transfer of lawmaking power from Congress to the executive branch tends to thwart the kinds of policies that conservatives often advocate — namely those that limit the size, ambitions, and influence of the federal government.

It’s no wonder Congress’s job-approval ratings are at historic lows. Oftentimes we’re not even doing our job, and — just look around — the American people are paying the price.

Congress’s reclamation of its constitutional authority is a necessary first step toward real reform, within Washington and around the country.

That is why we have joined with eight colleagues in the House and Senate to develop and promote a new agenda of structural reforms that will strengthen Congress and reassert its vital role in our society. We call it the Article 1 Project (A1P).

Specifically, A1P will focus on restoring congressional power in four key areas at the core of Washington’s — and America’s — broken status quo.

First, Congress must reclaim its power of the federal purse. Our formal budget process, which dates to 1974, has fallen apart, and we must restructure it for a post-earmark world. We need to bring entitlement programs back onto the actual budget and bring self-funding federal agencies back under annual appropriation.

Second, we need to reform legislative “cliffs” that loom behind expiring legislation — at the end of the fiscal year and when the federal debt nears its statutory limit — to realign the incentives of the American people and their government.

Third, Congress must take back control of actual federal lawmaking. Today, the vast majority of federal laws are unilaterally imposed by executive-branch agencies. The bureaucrats in these agencies then serve as police, prosecutors, and courts in the ensuing cases. All major regulations should be affirmatively prioritized and approved by a vote of Congress.

Finally, we must clarify the law governing executive discretion, which right now allows presidents and federal bureaucrats to ignore or rewrite federal statutes, so long as they have a clever enough reason.

Reform in these four areas would put Congress back in charge of federal lawmaking and put the American people back in charge of Washington — just as the Founders intended.

With political attention now fixated on the presidential race, little hope for major legislative breakthroughs in President Obama’s final year in office, and the American people furious at Washington’s indifference and dysfunction, now is the perfect time for Congress to begin thinking about what a re-constitutionalized federal government would look like.

Such a government would not deliver either party or any citizen everything it wants. But it would give the American people a more representative and responsible government, and in turn, a healthier, freer society. All that stands between Americans and the government of, for, and by the people that the Founders bequeathed us is the will of the Congress to finally step up and do its job.



 Mike Lee represents Utah in the U.S. Senate. Jeb Hensarling represents Texas’s fifth district in the U.S. House of Representatives.





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First elected to Congress in 2002, Jeb Hensarling is a strong conservative and an outspoken advocate for limited government and unlimited opportunity.

As chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Jeb is a leader in promoting consumer choice, competitive markets, and smart regulation in our financial markets.  He was the only member of Congress to have introduced comprehensive reform legislation for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the credit crisis, lauded in the media as “a concrete plan for fixing Fannie and Freddie.” Jeb was recognized by The New York Times for “leading the GOP Vanguard against the Bailout,” and was the only member of Congress to have introduced a legislative alternative to TARP during the heart of the credit crisis, which would have minimized taxpayer exposure and the politicization of the market.

A lifelong conservative dedicated to advancing the principals of faith, family, free enterprise, and freedom, Jeb was chosen by his colleagues during the 112th Congress to chair the House Republican Conference—the fourth ranking leadership position in the House—and in the 110th Congress, he was elected chairman of the Republican Study Committee—the largest conservative caucus in the House. The Associated Press recently recognized Jeb’s consistency on conservative issues saying, “he made cutting federal spending, ending earmarks and reducing the size of government his priorities before the tea party came into existence.”

In recognition of his relentless fight to cut wasteful Washington spending and remove barriers to job growth, Jeb was appointed to serve on the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP, the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and was most recently appointed co-chairman of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.

Prior to the 112th Congress, Jeb served as the number two Republican on the House Budget Committee—under now Chairman Paul Ryan—and has consistently fought to reduce our debt and stop out-of-control Washington spending. He is a co-author of the “Spending, Deficit, and Debt Control Act,” a landmark budget reform bill that was heralded as the “gold standard” of budget enforcement legislation by a coalition of conservative groups, including the Americans for Tax Reform, Citizens United Against Government Waste, Citizens for a Sound Economy, and the National Taxpayer Union. Jeb also authored the “Spending Limit Amendment”—a Constitutional amendment that would limit federal spending to no more than 20% of the economy—the historic average since WWII. For his work to rein in wasteful Washington spending and put our country back on a fiscally sustainable path, the National Review Online dubbed him “Rep. Budget Reform,” and The Dallas Morning News called him a “truth teller” who “has become one of the most important GOP members of Congress.”

Born in Stephenville, Texas, Jeb grew up working on his father’s farm near College Station. He earned a degree in economics from Texas A&M University in 1979 and a law degree from the University of Texas in 1982. Before coming to Congress, Jeb spent ten years in the private sector, serving as an officer for a successful investment firm, a data management company, and an electric retail company.

Jeb and his wife, Melissa, are members of St. Michael and All Angels Church, and reside in Dallas with their two children, Claire and Travis.

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