Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

Sessions Votes to Repair Our Broken Health Care System

2017/03/22

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement applauding the passage of two measures to fix our broken healthcare system:
 
“Today House Republicans took yet another step to fix our broken healthcare system. As we work to undo eight years of damage caused by Obamacare we have put forth a three part agenda to ensure we take effective measures to provide American families, doctors, and small businesses with the relief they need. While the Rules Committee has spent the entire day working on the first part, passing the American Health Care Act, the House has also initiated the third phase by passing two measures to supplement the reconciliation bill. These two bills will help create a competitive marketplace, allow individuals to pool together and form large group sizes to drive down insurance costs, and level the playing field so every single American has the opportunity to afford and obtain quality health care that meets their needs. I am proud to join my colleagues in supporting these two measures to reverse course on the death spiral of Obamacare and create a better health care system for the American people. While we still have a lot of work to do, we are up to the task to uphold our commitment and deliver results to the American people.”
 
To learn more about H.R. 372, Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, click here.
To learn more about H.R. 1101, Small Business Health Fairness Act, click here.
 

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Sessions Votes to Support Our Nation's Heroes

2017/03/21

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement after voting for three measures to support our nation's veterans:
 
"As the son of a Korean War Veteran and someone who works hand in hand with veterans’ organizations in North Texas and across the country, I have seen and experienced the unwavering commitment that these patriots have to preserving our freedom and protecting our great nation. This week I proudly joined my colleagues in passing three different measures to support these brave heroes. These three bills aim to improve the lives of all veterans across the country by protecting their Second Amendment rights, creating a culture of accountability at the VA, and ensuring that the VA hires the best physicians to treat these men and women. While there is still much more that we need to do to provide our veterans with the support that they need and deserve, these important measures are a step in the right direction."

To learn more about H.R. 1181, Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, click here
To learn more about H.R. 1259, VA Accountability First Act of 2017, click here
To learn more about H.R. 1367, To improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes, click here
 

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The Hill Report: Week of March 6 - 10, 2017

2017/03/14

After seven years of President Obama’s failed healthcare law, Republicans have introduced a plan that will repeal the most onerous parts of Obamacare, ending the job crushing penalties and mandates, and replace the law with a free market based system including robust consumer protections. I have been working on this issue for more than two years and I am happy to see that the core components of my healthcare bill, The World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan, were reflected in the American Health Care Act. I believe that this is a step in the right direction to bring down healthcare costs, provide coverage for more Americans, and create a better, sustainable healthcare system.

In the coming weeks we will continue to work on the replacement plan as it moves through regular order. As I continue to review it and discuss how to create the best solution for all Americans, I would appreciate your feedback on how Obamacare has impacted you and your families. To send me your story, click here.

Supporting our Troops 
Last December I had the privilege of visiting four different military bases in the Southern Pacific during the Christmas season.  In addition to thanking our men and women in uniform for their service I had the opportunity to hear about the challenges they face every day, the immense sacrifices they have made, and the many reasons why they fight on behalf of our great nation. Every single service member that I spoke with had an overwhelming sense of pride in their duty and an unwavering commitment to protecting our interests both at home and abroad. During my visit I vowed that I would support them and fight for them just as they fight for us each and every day. This week I upheld my end of the bargain.

On Wednesday the House overwhelmingly passed H.R. 1301Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017, to fund our men and women on the front lines and ensure they have the necessary tools and equipment to do their jobs. In addition to providing more than $2 billion above current funding levels, this bill also fully funds a much deserved pay raise for all service members. I proudly voted for this bill to give our armed forces the resources they need to protect everything that our nation stands for. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to act swiftly so we can send this necessary measure to the President's desk and provide our military with the resources that they need.

Meeting with Texans 
Independent Petroleum Association of America 
My week in our nation's capital started out with a fantastic meeting with representatives from the Independent Petroleum Association of America. I appreciated their willingness to take the time to travel to Washington to discuss a number of critical policy issues. Last year, we were able to secure an incredible victory for Texas through passage of legislation to end the crude oil export ban. Families in North Texas are already seeing the benefits of this policy change when they go to the gas pump and can afford a whole tank of gas, instead of the partial tanks that we all purchased when gas prices were skyrocketing. We discussed the need for regulatory reform and giving more regulatory authority to the state and local governments who know the types of regulations their communities need-- not a one-size-fits-all approach from Washington. We also strategized on how to continue using the tools in the Congressional Review Act to block implementation of Obama-era regulations that are killing jobs and preventing businesses of all sizes from growing.

National Association of Convenience Stores 
This week I was thrilled to meet with members of the National Association of Convenience Stores to discuss the great work they are doing in our communities. With 300 stores in the 32nd Congressional District of Texas, more than 5,000 men and women in our community are able to provide for their families because of the jobs created by this industry. Next time I stop at a convenience store in Garland, Wylie, or anywhere in our great North Texas community, I'll be sure to take the time to thank the employees for the work they do-- I hope you will do the same!

Nashville Songwriters Association International  
Every time you open your Pandora app, or turn on the radio in your car, you become a consumer of one of the most heavily regulated goods in the world—music. The federal government dictates exactly what songwriters get paid, how they get paid, and when they get paid based on regulations from the early 1900s. I had the opportunity to meet with some American songwriters to discuss how we can bring some free market principles to the regulations that are denying songwriters-- the smallest of the small businesses-- from being paid fairly for the lyrics they write and the music they compose.

 
Congressman Sessions meeting with songwriters

True Grit 
Monday night in Dallas I spoke to a group of young men from the Highland Park True Grit Club about the importance of young people living their lives free of drug and alcohol use. As a student-led organization, True Grit works to show that drugs and alcohol are not a necessity of the high school experience. The group also works closely with middle school students to alter the perception regarding high school drugs and alcohol use and encourages all students to expect and enjoy a high school experience free of drugs and alcohol. I was proud to meet with these young Texan leaders and share with them how hard work, determination, and true grit can positively influence their actions for the years to come.

 
Congressman Sessions speaking to young leaders at Highland Park High School

DART 
On Thursday I was delighted to meet with DART leadership including President Gary Thomas, Chairwoman Faye Moses-Wilkins, Board Member Pamela Dunlop Gates, and Vice President of Government Relations Michael Miles. Specifically, we discussed how the leading edge transit agency is working toward the future with their Cotton Belt project, downtown second rail alignment, and platform extension project. As Congress and President Trump work together to streamline permitting, prioritize spending, and work with the private sector to modernize our nation's infrastructure, I look forward to continuing to engage with local leaders to ensure Dallas and North Texas can grow and prosper.

Arthritis Foundation 
This week I had the opportunity to meet with constituents who have been living with rheumatoid arthritis. I was able to listen to the daily challenges brought on by this disease as well as hear more about the promising research in this field. I look forward to working with them through this appropriations cycle to ensure appropriate funding for research and development, particularly through the NIH.

If you or anyone else is interested in submitting an appropriations request, please complete the form found here: https://sessions.house.gov/services/appropriations-requests.

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Sessions Introduces Medical Controlled Substances Transportations Act

2017/03/10

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement announcing his new bill, H.R. 1492, Medical Controlled Substances Transportations Act:


"Today I proudly introduced the Medical Controlled Substances Transportation Act of 2017. As we have seen in the news lately, the rules for traveling physicians are not clearly defined. I am working to provide necessary guidance to clarify the requirements of physicians whose jobs inherently require transporting controlled substances. In addition to providing much needed clarity, this measure will also increase oversight to ensure physicians are appropriately administering controlled substances to their patients. I believe this is an extremely important issue for all doctors, sports doctors in particular, and this bill will provide them with the opportunity to provide their athletes and patients with much needed medical care under the authority of the DEA." 

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Sessions Stands with Indian-Americans

2017/03/08

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement in response to recent hate related crimes towards Indian-Americans: 

"I condemn in the strongest terms the recent attacks on Indian's and Indian-Americans that have occurred in the United States. Simply put, these attacks are the actions of a very small number of hateful distributed individuals and should not be taken in any way as a reflection of our true American values or our attitude as a nation that stands united in condemning prejudice and evil in all its forms."

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Sessions Votes to Support Our Troops

2017/03/08

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions(R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement applauding the passage of a critical measure to provide funding for our nation's military:

"Last December I had the privilege of visiting four different military bases in the Southern Pacific during the Christmas season.  In addition to thanking our men and women in uniform for their service I had the opportunity to hear about the challenges they face every day, the immense sacrifices they have made, and the many reasons why they fight on behalf of our great nation. Every single service member that I spoke with had an overwhelming sense of pride in their duty and an unwavering commitment to protecting our interests both at home and abroad. During my visit I vowed that I would support them and fight for them just as they fight for us each and every day. This afternoon I upheld my end of the bargain.

"Today the House overwhelmingly passed a critical measure to fund our men and women on the front lines and ensure they have the necessary tools and equipment to do their jobs. In addition to providing more than $2 billion above current  funding levels, this bill also fully funds a much deserved pay raise for all service members. I proudly voted for this bill to give our armed forces the resources they need to protect everything that our nation stands for. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to act swiftly so we can send this necessary measure to the President's desk and provide our military with the resources that they need. "

 

To learn more about H.R. 1301, Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017, click here.

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The Hill Report: Week of February 27 - March 3, 2017

2017/03/06

 

For the past eight years we heard from a president who offered empty promises and who refused to address the failures of his administration. On Tuesday, on the other hand, the American people heard from a president who stands by his word, has gotten straight to work, and every day upholds his commitment to fight on behalf of the American people. 

This new administration brings a renewed sense of strength and opportunity for us to break glass and create more opportunities for Americans across the country. In these first two months of the 115th Congress we have already rolled back onerous provisions of the Obama Administration’s regulatory agenda and have started to lay the groundwork to fix our broken healthcare system, reform the tax code, and put hardworking Americans back to work. In the past month, we have seen more than 227,000 new jobs, an uptick in the labor force participation rate, and the stock market has closed at a record high for eleven straight days. It is clear that under Republican leadership our economy is flourishing, the job market is rebounding, and there is a new sense of confidence in our country. While we have more work to do, I believe that with swift resolve and a focused agenda we will continue to move in the right direction. The American people deserve a government that works for them and I believe as a united front we will revive the American Dream and create a safer, stronger, better America.

Meetings with Texans 
This week I was delighted to meet with more than 75 Texans in Washington from organizations such as the Civil Air Patrol, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, the Texas State Association of Letter Carriers, the Texas Public Power Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Texas Medical Association, the American Academy of Neurology, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We discussed possible solutions to a wide variety of issues facing our community, state, and nation, including ways to make healthcare more affordable, provide more support for our nation’s veterans, ways to reduce the regulatory burden on America’s job creators, and more. While this was a busy week in the office, I always enjoy listening to constituents and learning more about how I can help them.

Here is a glimpse of the week in a series of pictures taken from each meeting. I would like to thank each and every one of these groups for taking the time to come and meet with me and my staff and for their commitment to furthering the goals of their respective organizations.

 
 Congressman Sessions receiving an award from the Texas Civil Air Patrol

 

 
 Congressman Sessions with members of the Texas Civil Air Patrol

 

 
 Congressman Sessions with Texas representatives from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

 

 
 Congressman Sessions talking with representatives from the Texas State Association of  Letter Carriers

 

 
 Congressman Sessions with his brothers of Pi Kappa Alpha celebrating PKA Founder’s Day

 

 
 Congressman Sessions with the Mayor of Garland, Doug Athas, and representatives of the Texas Public Power Association

 

 
 Congressman Sessions discussing important issues facing our country with students from the SMU Tower Scholars Program

 

 
 Congressman Sessions talking about issues facing the broadcasting with representatives from the Texas Broadcasters Association

 

 
 Congressman Sessions with members of the Texas Medical Association
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Sessions Statement on Passage of Three Regulatory Reform Measures

2017/03/02

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement after passage of three important regulatory reform measures:

“Earlier this week President Trump delivered a strong message to the American people that made one thing crystal clear – the days of the Obama Administration’s regulatory regime are over. We have finally turned the page and have started a new chapter for our country. One that unleashes the free-enterprise system, puts hard working Americans back to work, and creates more opportunities for all Americans.

“This week the House worked to put this agenda in motion by passing three critical measures that responsibly reform our regulatory system while enforcing measures of accountability, transparency, and integrity. Regulations have run rampant these last eight years but enough is enough. Republicans have made a concerted and focused effort to eliminate unnecessary rules and regulations to give the American people the relief that they need.”

For more information on H.R. 1009, OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act, click here.

For more information on H.R. 1994, Regulatory Integrity Act of 2017, click here.

For more information on H.R. 998, SCRUB Act, click here.

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Sessions Statement on President Trump’s First Joint Address to Congress

2017/03/01

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s first joint Congressional address:

“For the past eight years we heard from a president who offered empty promises and who refused to address the failures of his administration. Tonight, on the other hand, the American people heard from a president who stands by his word, has gotten straight to work, and every day upholds his commitment to fight on behalf of the American people.  

“This new administration brings a renewed sense of strength and opportunity for us to break glass and create more opportunities for Americans across the country. In these first two months of the 115th Congress we have already rolled back onerous provisions of the Obama Administration’s regulatory agenda and have started to lay the groundwork to fix our broken healthcare system, reform the tax code, and put hardworking Americans back to work. In the past month, we have seen more than 227,000 new jobs, an uptick in the labor force participation rate, and the stock market has closed at a record high for eleven straight days. It is clear that under Republican leadership our economy is flourishing, the job market is rebounding, and there is a new sense of confidence in our country. While we have more work to do, I believe that with swift resolve and a focused agenda we will continue to move in the right direction. The American people deserve a government that works for them and I believe as a united front we will revive the American Dream and create a safer, stronger, better America.”

 

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The Hill Report: Week of February 20 - 24, 2017

2017/02/27

During this district work period I was delighted to meet with constituents across North Texas including students, small business owners, and community leaders. As your proud representative I think it is critical that we discuss the important issues facing our community, state, and nation. That is why I am pleased to announce that I will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 12:30 PM at Richardson High School. During this meeting I will highlight legislative successes during our first two months of the 115th Congress and answer any questions that constituents may have. If you would like to learn more about this meeting and RSVP, click here. I look forward to seeing you on March 18th.

 

Meetings in the District 
BBYO International Convention 
One of my favorite parts of my jobs is being able to talk with young leaders about the importance of civic duty, community involvement, and being the best that you can be. On Saturday night I was delighted to speak to nearly 5,000 of the Jewish community's top teen leaders, educators, professionals, and philanthropists at the BBYO International Convention in Dallas. These individuals represent some of the best and brightest of the Jewish community and I was honored to be a part of their program. 

Congressman Sessions speaking at the BBYO International Convention in Dallas

Compass Professional Health Services 
Tuesday I was delighted to join the men and women of Compass Professional Health Services to learn more about their innovative approach to finding solutions to rising healthcare costs. By helping to provide transparency to the process, Compass helps benefits managers stretch their company's healthcare dollars by getting better care at lower costs, while ultimately empowering consumers to make better and more informed choices regarding their and their family's healthcare. I appreciate the vision of Compass PHS co-founders, Scott Schoenvogel, Dr. Eric Bricker, and Cliff Sentell, and applaud the fine work Compass PHS does to help hard-working Americans live happier and healthier lives.

Congressman Sessions with Compass Professional Health Services

US Chamber of Commerce 
Wednesday morning I joined business leaders from around our community for a robust discussion hosted by the United States Chamber of Commerce. I believe the American free- enterprise system has made us into the most prosperous country the world has ever seen, and it is imperative that we continue to embrace pro-business, pro-growth policies that allow American workers to compete and win. I want to thank all the leaders in attendance for taking the time to share their perspectives with me, and I look forward to continuing to work with them to ensure that they can run their businesses with as little interference from Washington as possible. 

Congressman Sessions talking to members of the Chamber of Commerce in Dallas

Park Cities Republican Women's Club 
This week I had the privilege of joining members of the Park Cities Republican Women's club to provide a legislative updated and talk about some of the most pressing issues facing our country. I discussed my efforts to reform our broken healthcare system, stop Obama-era regulatory burdens, close our porous borders and uphold our rule of law, and more. We had a very robust and productive conversation about how Congress will work with President Trump to continue to tackle these important issues as a unified government to make a better, safer, stronger America. 

Congressman Sessions providing a legislative update to the Park Cities Republican Women's club

Moving Offices  
After thirteen years in our office in Dallas, our office space has been given to another organization who needed a bigger space so we are moving down the street to a new location effective March 1st, 2017. During our move please understand that our response time may be slower than usual but please feel free to call our Washington, D.C. office at 202.225.2231 or send us a message through our website. In addition, please do not send correspondence to the new location until March 1st, 2017 as we cannot guarantee its delivery.

Current Address:
Park Central VII
12750 Merit Dr, Suite 1434
Dallas, Texas 75251-1229

New Address:
Lakeside Square
12377 Merit Dr, Suite 750
Dallas, Texas 75251-2224

Our phone number 972.392.0505, and fax number 972.392.0615 will remain the same. We want to make this transition as smooth as possible so if you have any questions or concerns please contact my staff in the District Office and we will be happy to help you. 

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Congressman Sessions discussing the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare

2017-03-19 17:50:59


Congressman Pete Sessions discussing the President's order to protect Americans

2017-01-31 17:10:18


Congressman Sessions explaining how his healthcare plan helps all Americans

2017-01-25 21:01:18


Congressman Sessions discussing his ideas to fix our broken healthcare system

2017-01-25 18:18:47


Congressman Sessions on CNN New Day discussing Inauguration and his healthcare plan

2017-01-19 15:31:45


Congressman Sessions discussing his plan to fix our broken healthcare system on CNN

2017-01-17 17:29:48


Congressman Sessions discussing Texans in the Trump Administration

2017-01-09 16:00:22


Congressman Pete Sessions honors Congressman Sam Johnson's years of public service

2017-01-09 15:50:55


Restoring Responsible Regulations and Congressional Oversight

2017-01-05 21:18:37


Chairman Pete Sessions discussing his healthcare bill on Fox and Friends

2017-01-04 20:09:41


Congressman Pete Sessions Explains the World's Greatest Healthcare Plan

2016-12-08 18:41:05


Congressman Sessions speaking in support of H.R. 6392, the Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act

2016-12-02 14:52:35


Congressman Sessions and his wife Karen explain The World's Greatest Healthcare Plan

2016-10-17 15:23:51


Congressman Sessions speaking in support of the Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir Amendment

2016-09-29 19:12:26


Congressman Sessions managing the rule for two Financial Services bills

2016-09-09 19:37:12


Congressman Sessions talking with NBC DFW from downtown Dallas about the Dallas Police Shooting

2016-07-10 14:39:02


Congressman Sessions on Morning Joe discussing the Dallas Police Shooting

2016-07-09 15:59:32


Congressman Sessions on CBS 11 on the Dallas Police Shooting

2016-07-09 15:57:24


Congressman Sessions on Fox News discussing the Dallas shooting

2016-07-09 15:15:14


Congressman Pete Sessions talking on CNN about the shooting in Dallas

2016-07-08 19:10:25


Contact Information

2233 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2231
Fax 202-225-5878
sessions.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Rules

A conservative community leader, United States Congressman Pete Sessions has combined hard work, innovative thinking, and common-sense principles to successfully represent the 32nd Congressional District of Texas.

Congressman Sessions was born on March 22, 1955 and grew up in Waco, Texas.  He graduated from Churchill High School in San Antonio and went on to graduate from Southwestern University in 1978, where he now serves on the Board of Trustees. He worked for then-Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for 16 years, retiring as District Manager for Marketing in Dallas. As a businessman, he served as Chairman of the Northeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

Thanks to this private sector experience, Congressman Sessions understands the need to fight bureaucracy and to utilize market-driven solutions to effectively solve problems in our communities and in government.

In 1996, the people of Dallas and the 5th Congressional District sent Congressman Sessions to Washington, DC to represent them in the United States House of Representatives. In 2002, Congressman Sessions began representing the 32nd Congressional District, created from redistricting. In 2012, the people of the 32nd Congressional District called him back to Congress for his ninth term.

Congressman Sessions is a stalwart defender of U.S. homeland and national security interests, as well as the men and women who defend them. As the parent of a child with Down syndrome, he is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities. Congressman Sessions also believes that taxpayers deserve results from their government, and he has pursued common-sense, market-based reforms to help government operate more efficiently.

Congressman Sessions pursues his goals on these and other issues through his work on various Congressional committees and caucuses. He serves as the Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Rules, which is best known for its role as the legislative gatekeeper. In 2008 and 2010, he was elected by the House Republican Conference as Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Congressman Sessions is an Eagle Scout and a former Scout Master for 13 Eagle Scouts. He is a recipient of the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and is a member of both the National Eagle Scout Association’s national committee and the Executive Board of the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Congressman Sessions is married to Karen Sessions.  He is the proud father of two sons, Bill and Alex, and three stepsons, Conor, Liam and Nicholas. Congressman Sessions resides in Dallas, Texas and continues to be active in his community where he is an Adopt-A-Shoreline Team Leader in the effort to maintain White Rock Lake in Dallas and an Advisor to the President of Special Olympics Texas.


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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

Jodey Arrington

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Pete Olson

TEXAS' 22nd DISTRICT

Will Hurd

TEXAS' 23rd DISTRICT

Kenny Marchant

TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

Michael Burgess

TEXAS' 26th DISTRICT

Blake Farenthold

TEXAS' 27th DISTRICT

John Carter

TEXAS' 31st DISTRICT

Brian Babin

TEXAS' 36th DISTRICT

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