Michael Burgess

Michael Burgess

TEXAS' 26th DISTRICT

Dr. Burgess’ reaction to the King v Burwell ACA ruling

2015/06/26



 Dr. Burgess reacts to the King v Burwell Supreme Court ruling and reaffirms his commitment to repealing the Affordable Care Act. Read More

Burgess: King v Burwell decision exceeds rule of law

2015/06/25

Burgess: King v Burwell decision exceeds rule of law

Washington, DC
– After the Supreme Court ruling today, upholding that the Internal Revenue
Service may extend subsidies to coverage purchased on the federal fallback exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Congressman Burgess made the following remarks:

“As I continue to focus on the details of this decision, I am deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court did not stop this statute from being used beyond its constitutional boundaries,” Rep. Burgess said. “I still believe that the president broke the law – plain and simple. But regardless, President Obama’s health care law is still hurting millions of families and patients. I remain fully committed to preventing its further disruption in the health market, creating more freedom for states and patients to avoid federal health mandates, and replacing its most egregious intrusions into the doctor-patient relationship.

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Congressman Burgess announces town hall meeting for Monday, June 22

2015/06/16

ADVISORY

6/16/2015

Contact: Cameron Harley

(202) 225-7772

 Congressman Burgess announces town hall meeting for Monday, June 22

 

 Next Monday, June 22, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., will hold a town hall meeting 
 in the Lone Star High School Auditorium. Town hall meetings give residents of Texas’ 26th
 Congressional District the opportunity to learn more about health care reform,
 taxes, spending, energy, or any other top issues they wish to discuss.

 

Frisco/Little Elm Town Hall Meeting

 

 When:

 Monday, June 22 at 7:00 PM CT

 

 Where:

 Lone Star High School Auditorium

 2606 Panther Creek Pkwy.,

 Frisco, TX 75033

 

 Media Contact – Cameron.Harley@mail.house.gov

 

 Persons requiring special accommodations should contact Robin Vaughan at least 48 hours prior
 to the scheduled meeting at (940) 497-5031 or robin.vaughan@mail.house.gov

 

 

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Burgess opens nominations for 2015 Congressional Veteran Commendation

2015/06/09

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

6/9/2015

Contact: Cameron Harley

(202) 225-7772

 

Burgess opens nominations for 2015 Congressional Veteran Commendation

Lake Dallas, TX – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., today proudly opened Texas’ 26th Congressional District’s annual Veteran Commendation. In conjunction with the Veterans History Project, the Congressional Veteran Commendation honors local veterans who have not only served the United States honorably in their military careers, but have subsequently demonstrated dedication to their communities.

 

“The Congressional Veteran Commendation honors North Texans whose passion to serve didn’t stop after their dedication to our country while in uniform,” Rep. Burgess said. “All veterans deserve our deepest respect, but those who continue to serve their community by becoming a voice for other servicemen and women, charity work, or serving religious or civic organizations deserve further recognition. If there’s one of my constituents that fits this criteria, I strongly encourage their friends and family to nominate them.”

 

To nominate a veteran for the 26th Congressional District Veteran Commendation, please fill out the nomination form, found on Congressman Burgess’ website at http://burgess.house.gov. The deadline for submitting nominations is September 14, 2015. The completed nomination form, along with any additional information pertaining to the veteran's service, should be submitted to Congressman Burgess’ Lake Dallas office.

 

Individuals selected for the 2015 Congressional Veteran Commendation will be recognized and honored at the annual “Salute Our Veterans” luncheon sponsored by the Highland Village Business Association.

 

To obtain additional information regarding the Congressional Veteran Commendation, the Veterans History Project, nomination forms, or to confirm residency within the 26th District, please contact Congressman Burgess’ Deputy District Director, Robin Vaughan, at (940) 497-5031 or visit Congressman Burgess’ website.

 

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House approves Burgess NHTSA amendment to expedite permanent Takata recall solution

2015/06/04

 

House approves Burgess NHTSA amendment to expedite permanent Takata recall solution


Washington, D.C., --
The House of Representatives passed Congressman Michael C. Burgess’ amendment to the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016. The policy affords an additional $4 million to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for policing the safety of auto manufacturer’s products.

 

The proposed adjustment comes just one day after the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade (CMT) held a hearing to investigate ongoing Takata airbag failures and recalls. In the hearing, NHTSA’s new Administrator, Mark Rosekind, argued that the agency would have been better equipped to identify and mandate recalls with more resources in recent years.

 

“The Takata recalls stem from an issue that should have been solved long ago,” Rep. Burgess said. “But In the interest of saving lives – from new Chairman to new Administrator – I’m offering an olive branch. It is my sincere hope that these funds help implement a permanent solution to this problem.”

 

The $4 million increase was offset by cutting extra funding the bill provided to the Secretary of Transportation’s office.

 

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An Update on the Takata Airbag Ruptures and Recalls

2015/06/02

 

Opening Statement of the Honorable Michael C. Burgess, M.D.

Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade

Subcommittee Markup

“An Update on the Takata Airbag Ruptures and Recalls”

June 2, 2015

 

 

As prepared for delivery:

 

Good afternoon. I want to welcome everyone to our hearing today as we revisit a very serious motor vehicle defect. Six months ago, this subcommittee held a hearing looking at this same issue and the Members were assured that everything was being done and that testing and expertise were being brought to bear. But there were still a lot of unanswered questions. I sat in on that hearing and raised the concern that Safer is not the same thing as Safe.

 

Six months later, I hope we are getting down the road of safer, but it is still unclear to me how far away we are from Safe. A few weeks ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched the largest motor vehicle safety recall in our nation’s history due to defective Takata airbags. This recall may impact up to 13% of the country’s driving population, affecting an unknown number of vehicles and spanning 11 vehicle manufacturers.

 

Since our last hearing, tragically, there has been an additional death attributed to an exploding Takata airbag in my home state of Texas. Every morning I fear I am playing headline roulette waiting for another rupture. While it has now been confirmed that there is a defect affecting at least six Takata airbag inflators, we still don’t have any great clarity about what was the root cause and how we know that we are safe going forward. Clarity and transparency are needed.

 

One thing that isn’t clear is why we are launching this national recall now instead of almost a year ago when we had almost the same information before us. The American people deserve much more. They deserve to know when a national recall is announced if their car is part of the recall. I am repeatedly visited by vehicle manufacturers who lament the challenges of getting drivers to respond to recall notices, especially following a year of record recalls and an overwhelming sense of recall fatigue. Yet, when we do have the attention of consumers, how is it helpful to tell them there is a recall but check back later to see if you need to do something. NHTSA serves a fundamental and critical role in ensuring vehicle safety. It is important that it be a part of the solution in every step of the recall process in removing defective vehicles from the road.

 

The supply of replacement parts is also a concern. I am glad that NHTSA is acknowledging that it has a role to play. U.S. drivers are competing against a global supply chain and recalls in many parts of the world. I also acknowledge that Dr. Rosekind is still fairly new to NHTSA, and was not yet the Administrator at our last hearing. I hope we will see more action from them going forward that is direct and timely.

 

In that vein, I have serious concerns about where we are in the process. It is inconceivable to me that none of the tests conducted by Takata over the past year on over 30,000 inflators has given us a clearer picture and dictated more direct action. And why is it that we still don’t have any deployment testing being done by anyone besides Takata? At what point do we accept that we need to completely eliminate the defective inflators and implement a new design and manufacturing process? Are all the driver side airbag replacements now using different inflator compounds? What is different about the passenger side inflators?

 

We have many questions today. The most important question of all, however, does not involve compounds, desiccant, o-rings or moisture. It is simply:

 

When will we have a plan that can be presented to the public that identifies who is affected, and when they will have a SAFE, not safer, but SAFE, replacement part available?

Nothing is more important, and nothing else is acceptable.

 

In the meantime, the driving public should continue checking their VIN numbers against NHTSA’s database to see if their vehicle is affected. This includes those vehicles that have previously been recalled.

 

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Burgess introduces bill to improve Medicare osteoporosis testing

2015/05/20

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., along with Reps. Linda Sanchez, John B. Larson, and Marsha Blackburn today, introduced H.R. 2461, the “Increasing Access to Osteoporosis Testing for Medicare Beneficiaries Act of 2015.”  This legislation establishes a business case for administering Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) tests, a critical test for osteoporosis risk that has become too costly for many providers since 2007 reimbursement cuts.

H.R. 2461 has been endorsed by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, The International Society for Clinical Densitometry, and the National Osteoporosis Foundation. 

“This bill restores access to a vital preventative service that will dramatically reduce fracture rates and generate a substantial savings,” Rep. Burgess said.  As a physician, I know just how big a public health threat osteoporosis is because, often, patients show no symptoms until they have a fracture. It is critical we act to ensure Medicare providers stay ahead of this debilitating disease.”

Osteoporosis: A prevalent, deadly, and costly looming public health concern:
Low bone mass and osteoporosis is responsible for over two million fractures each year, with half of all women and one-fourth of all men over the age of 50 experiencing osteoporosis related fractures in their lifetime.  54 million Americans over age 50 have osteoporosis. This number is expected to increase by 27 percent by 2030.  

Since 2007 Medicare cuts, there has been a 12.9 percent decline in DXA providers and fewer providers obtaining certifications to administer DXA tests. Overall, more than one million fewer tests have been done since 2008.

A recent Mayo Clinic study shows that the hospital burden of osteoporotic fractures and hospital cost is greater than that of myocardial infarction, stroke, or breast cancer. Medicare paid $18.7 billion in 2010 for direct costs of new fractures and this number is projected to grow to over $25 billion per year by 2025. Furthermore, according to Kaiser Southern California’s Healthy Bones Program, utilization of DXA testing and treatment resulted in 37 percent fewer fractures and more than $30 million savings in a single year.
 
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Burgess joins bicameral coalition for fiscal responsibility, student standards at medical schools

2015/05/19

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., today, joined U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), as well as Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) today to introduce The Foreign Medical School Accountability Fairness Act. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation ends special treatment to a small number of medical schools in the Caribbean that, in 2012, took in more than $450 million in U.S. Department of Education Title IV funding – two-thirds of all Title IV dollars that go to foreign medical schools.  

This fix would apply the following two requirements to all medical schools outside of the U.S. and Canada: at least 60% of the enrollment must be non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents and students must have at least a 75% pass rate on the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam.  
“This is about leveling the playing field and improving student quality,” Rep. Burgess said. “If medical schools outside the U.S. are going to receive federal money, they need to meet the standards of education those taxpayer dollars were meant to fund. We must close this loophole to disallow foreign schools from accessing huge amounts of federal dollars at the expense of education and doctor quality.”


“A loophole in current law allows for-profit medical schools in the Caribbean to enroll large percentages of American students – and profit from hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars – without meeting the same quality standards of instruction as medical schools in the U.S. or the basic requirements of all other foreign medical schools,” Senator Durbin said. “Our bill to close that loophole has broad support among the U.S. medical school community and now is supported by members from both parties in both chambers.  As Congress continues work on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, I hope this bipartisan bill will be part of the discussion.”

“There are reports that some foreign medical schools inappropriately use taxpayer dollars. By fixing a loophole, we can ensure these schools are held to the same standards as every other school,” Senator Bill Cassidy M.D said. 

“I am pleased to join my colleagues in introducing this important piece of legislation that will close a loophole that has left students open to exploitation for too long,” Rep. Cummings said.  “This bill would send a clear message to unscrupulous institutions that seek to target students for their financial aid while delivering substandard outcomes. Protecting students and taxpayer dollars is a bipartisan issue and Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle will not stand for substandard results.”

A September 2013 investigative report in Bloomberg Markets highlighted two foreign medical schools – American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) and Ross University School of Medicine – which admit hundreds of students, many of whom were rejected by U.S. medical colleges.  According to the report, students at medical schools operating outside of the United States and Canada amass more student debt than those at medical schools in the United States.  For example, graduates of the American University of the Caribbean have a median of $309,000 in federal student debt versus $180,000 for graduates of U.S. medical schools.

These foreign medical schools are also much less successful ensuring students’ progress all the way through the program.  The average attrition rate at U.S. medical schools is 3% while rates at for-profit foreign medical schools can be up to 26% or higher.  Even if students do finish at these schools, with much more debt, they often have difficulty finding a residency – mandatory for actually practicing medicine in the United States.  In 2015, foreign-trained, American graduates had a residency match rate of 53% compared to 94% of graduates of U.S. medical schools.  They are even less likely to land a residency position the second time around.
 
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NDAA approved by House, includes Burgess Pentagon audit amendment

2015/05/15

The House of Representatives today, passed the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes Congressman Michael C. Burgess’ ‘audit the Pentagon’ amendment. This provision requires the Pentagon’s compliance in providing a report outlining progress toward their long-overdue external audit. 

Under current law, the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 requires federal agencies to pass an independent external audit every year. Yet, 20 years later, the Department of Defense (DOD) is the only major agency that is, according to the Government Accountability Office, not compliant with this mandate. While years ago, the DOD agreed to pass an audit by 2017, no progress has shown that to be a likelihood.

“No agency is above the law,” Rep. Burgess said. “As we continue increasing funding to ensure our national defense, we as lawmakers have a constitutional duty to monitor use of these tax dollars. It’s time for both Congress and the Pentagon to observe this responsibility and give the American people the accountability they deserve.

“I extend congratulations to Chairman Mac Thornberry, a fellow Texan, on successfully brokering the passage of his first national defense funding bill.”    

 
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Burgess introduces Pentagon audit NDAA amendment

2015/05/14

Under current law, the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 requires federal agencies to pass an independent external audit every year, starting in the 1990s. Yet 20 years later, DOD is the only major agency that is, according to the Government Accountability Office, not compliant with this requirement. While DOD years ago said it would pass an audit by 2017, no progress has shown that to be a likelihood.

Congressman Michael C. Burgess today, with Congresswomen Barbara Lee and Jan Schakowsky, reintroduced their bipartisan amendment to the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), allowing Congress insight into Pentagon spending. Under the provision, the Secretary of Defense would provide Congress with rankings of their departments, in the order of most prepared. 

“As the holder of the purse, Congress has a duty to demand transparency,” Rep. Burgess said. “Our amendment will provide Congress with concrete, concise information as to how close each part of DOD is to achieving the goal. No such list currently exists and Congress to date has not required it. This amendment corrects a crucial missing puzzle piece and allows the Congress to execute a chief governmental function: oversight.” 

“Unauditable is unacceptable,” said Congresswoman Lee. “It has been more than two decades since the Pentagon was required to undergo an audit and the Pentagon is still reporting that full audit-readiness is years off. This amendment, which also passed last year, requires a ranked list of all departments and agencies by their audit-readiness status. This list will empower Congress to make decisions on next steps to ensure auditability of the Pentagon. We need greater sunlight and transparency so the American people know how their hard-earned tax dollars are being spent. It’s past time to end waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars in Pentagon spending.”

Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, made the following remarks in support of the amendment: 

"All departments of the United States Government are audited--except the Pentagon.  This is not acceptable.  If the management of the Pentagon cannot pass an audit--get new management. At a time when resources are scarce it is particularly important that we audit the Pentagon to reduce waste and the costs of mismanagement. All Americans who want our nation strong and secure know that step one is to ensure that all available resources are being spent wisely.  Every wasted dollar is a cut in our preparedness. An audit is the only way to begin to know how much is misspent.”
 
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Denton Medicare Town Hall

2004/07/10

Medicare Town Hall Meeting Saturday, July 10, 2004 “Please join me for my town hall meeting on the improvements to Medicare and the new prescription drug benefit and ask questions about the program.” ~Rep. Michael Burgess Denton Medicare Town Hall 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Denton Senior Center Bell Avenue Read More

Lewisville Medicare Town Hall

2004/07/10

Medicare Town Hall Meeting Saturday, July 10, 2004 “Please join me for my town hall meeting on the improvements to Medicare and the new prescription drug benefit and ask questions about the program.” ~Rep. Michael Burgess Lewisville Medicare Town Hall 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Lewisville Community Room 1197 West Main Street Read More

Trophy Club July 4th Parade

2004/07/04

Event: Trophy Club July 4th Parade Date: Sunday, July 4, 2004 Time: 12:00 PM CST for line-up, Parade starts at 12:30 PM CST. Place: 101 Trophy Lake Dr., Trophy Club, TX 76262 (behind Tom Thumb) Read More

The Colony 22nd Annual Independence Day Parade

2004/07/03

Event: The Colony 22nd Annual Independence Day Parade Date: Saturday, July 3, 2004 Time: 9:30 AM-11:00 AM Place: 5151 North Colony Blvd., The Colony, TX (Little League Field) Read More

American College of Surgeons Leadership Conference

2004/05/16


Medicare Town Hall

2004/05/10

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26) today announced he is hosting an information session next Monday for senior citizens residents of the 26th District to learn more about the new Medicare law and the newly-approved Prescription Drug Discount Cards that start on June 1, 2004. Joining Dr. Burgess will be Senior Policy Advisor to the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Tim Trysla. Congressman Burgess’ Medicare Prescription Drug Discount Card Forum will be held on Monday, May 3rd from 11:00 a.m.-12 noon at the Brookside Center. The Center is located at 1244 Brookside Center in Hurst, Texas. Monday, May 3rd was the first day under the new Medicare law that seniors can begin enrolling in Medicare-approved drug discount cards. June 1st is when seniors can begin using the new cards and start saving on their prescription medications. “I am proud that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are partnering with my Congressional office for this important and informative session to help our local seniors learn more about affordable health care options under Medicare, particularly the new Medicare-approved Prescription Drug Discount Cards that hit the streets on June 1st,” Rep. Michael Burgess stated. “The more senior citizens and their families learn about the new Medicare law and its new benefits, the better off they will be in meeting their individual health care needs.” Medicare Drug Discount Card Forum Monday, May 3rd from 11 a.m.-12 noon The Brookside Center 1244 Brookside Center, Hurst, Texas Public inquiries about the forum should be directed toward Janice Zimmerman in Congressman Burgess’ Lewisville Office at (972) 434-9700. Media questions should be directed toward Michelle Stein at (202) 225-7772. Read More

Carroll Senior High School

2004/05/10


Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center

2004/05/07


Speak to Trinity Christian Government Class

2004/05/07


Art Contest Reception

2004/04/30

2004 Artistic Discovery Competition “Artistic Discovery” is the annual nationwide Congressional High School Art Competition initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Each Congressional District hosts its own competition, and since the competition was first launched in 1982, over 5000 local contests have been conducted. The Twenty-Sixth District Congressional Art Competition is open to students residing and attending public and private high schools in the 26th District. The Greater Denton Arts Council will co-sponsor the exhibition. First prize in the competition is the display of the winning student’s artwork in the United States Capitol complex for an entire year. Thousands of people visiting the nation’s capitol, as well as Members of Congress and their staffs, will be able to walk through the display area, viewing artwork from Congressional districts throughout the country—each piece highlighted with the name of the work and student artist. Student artisans will have their works judged by a professional art educator chosen by the Greater Denton Arts Council. Competition participants, their parents, teachers, school administrators and local officials will be invited to attend a reception with Congressman Burgess to view all the entries on display at the Visual Arts Center in Denton. All the participants will be honored at a recognition ceremony during the reception, and the first place winner and honorable mentions will be announced. Up to six honorable mention entries will be chosen; each will be displayed in the 26th Congressional District office for the upcoming year. The first place winner and one guest will be invited to the nation’s capital in June to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gala reception opening the 2004 “Artistic Discovery” exhibition and honoring the winning artists from all over the country. They will be able to view their artwork, as it will be displayed for the upcoming year. The cost of the attending the ceremony is the responsibility of the competition winner. The winners will celebrate with Congressman Burgess at this reception. Read More

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Rep. Burgess discusses King v Burwell Supreme Court decision

2015-06-29 15:43:33


Rep. Burgess discusses ISIS terror attacks in France

2015-06-29 15:37:18


Dr. Burgess weekly address: Strengthening our Armed Forces

2015-06-26 17:42:23


Dr. Burgess on King v Burwell SCOTUS decision

2015-06-26 14:31:10


Dr. Burgess weekly address: Frisco/Little Elm town hall

2015-06-26 14:12:04


Dr. Burgess weekly address: Tropical Depression Bill

2015-06-19 14:02:25


Rep. Burgess expresses concerns of newly proposed EPA rule

2015-06-17 18:56:38


Rep. Burgess talks King v. Burwell, Illegality of the ACA

2015-06-16 14:24:34


Rep Burgess talks 21st Century Cures with Comcast Newsmakers

2015-06-15 17:21:20


Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Voting against Trade Promotion Authority

2015-06-12 19:54:31


Dr. Burgess weekly address: Takata airbag recalls

2015-06-04 20:39:03


Burgess demands Takata explain choice of dangerous airbag propellants

2015-06-03 15:20:22


Rep. Burgess probes Takata airbag officials about recalls

2015-06-03 14:56:52


Dr. Burgess weekly address: NDAA military force amendments

2015-05-28 19:28:45


Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Honoring the fallen

2015-05-22 03:57:30


Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: National Police Week

2015-05-14 22:06:44


Dr. Burgess Weekly Video Address: The No Armed Drones Act

2015-05-05 21:57:58


Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: The first 100 days

2015-04-30 19:53:30


Burgess underscores commitment to health interoperability

2015-04-30 17:53:35


Dr. Burgess weekly address: The IRS must protect your information

2015-04-23 21:35:08


Contact Information

2336 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-7772
Fax 202-225-2919
burgess.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Energy and Commerce

Rules

After spending nearly three decades practicing medicine in North Texas I have served the constituents of the 26th District since 2003 in the United States House of Representatives.

I currently serve on the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee and in the 113th Congress, 2013 and 2014, will serve as the Vice Chairman of both the Subcommittee on Health and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and as a member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee. In addition, I am a member of the Rules Committee and the Helsinki Commission. In 2009, I founded, and currently serve as Co-Chair of the Congressional Health Caucus.

Because of my medical background, I have been a strong advocate for health care legislation aimed at reducing health care costs, improving choices, reforming liability laws to put the needs of patients first, and ensuring there are enough doctors in the public and private sector to care for America’s patients and veterans. I have played an important role in bipartisan efforts to ensure the safety of food, drugs, and consumer products, and have introduced legislation to strengthen our ability to stop dangerous products from coming into the country.

As a Member of Congress representing one of the fastest growing areas of the country, transportation is also a top priority. In 2005, I successfully amended the Highway Bill to include development credits, design-build, and environmental streamlining. During my time on Capitol Hill, I have worked to build, maintain, and improve the safety of our roads, bridges, air service, and transit in the North Texas region.

A fiscal conservative, I believe Americans deserve a federal government that is more efficient, effective, less costly, and always transparent. I follow a strict adherence to the Constitution, and oppose unnecessary expansion of the federal government’s control over Americans’ personal freedoms. Instead, I believe in giving people more control over their lives and their money.

During my time on Capitol Hill, I have earned a reputation as a problem-solver who seeks sensible solutions to the challenges Americans face and have received several awards including: the Guardian of Small Business award by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); the Spirit of Enterprise award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and the Taxpayer Hero award from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste; among others.

Today, I represent the majority of Denton County, and parts of Dallas County and Tarrant County. I was raised in Denton, and attended The Selwyn School, graduating in 1968 as valedictorian. In addition, I graduated with both an undergraduate and a master’s degree from North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas.

I received my M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and completed my residency programs at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. I also received a master’s degree in Medical Management from the University of Texas at   Dallas, and in May of 2009 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.

My wife, Laura, and I have been married for 39 years. We have three children and two grandsons.


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Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

John Ratcliffe

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

Jeb Hensarling

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

Joe Barton

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Michael Conaway

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Mac Thornberry

TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

Randy Weber

TEXAS' 14th DISTRICT

Bill Flores

TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

Randy Neugebauer

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Pete Olson

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Will Hurd

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Kenny Marchant

TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

Roger Williams

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John Carter

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