Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

Sessions Votes to End Obama's Title X Abortion Funding Rule

2017/02/16

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement in support of the passage of a measure to disapprove of a rule that forces states to give grants funded by taxpayers dollars to abortion providers rather than community health centers and other clinics providing comprehensive reproductive health care services to women:
 
“Throughout the nation Rural Health Centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, county health centers, and other community health care clinics are providing desperately needed reproductive health services to patients of all backgrounds and beliefs without a political agenda or profit-maximizing business model. Under Title X of the Public Health Service Act, states are provided federal grant funding for the purposes of family planning that they can distribute to comprehensive healthcare clinics that are meeting the needs of women in their community. Unfortunately, the abortion industry has lobbied tirelessly to siphon this grant money from these healthcare clinics and the patients they serve and instead use it to line their own pockets.
 
“In December 2016, the Obama Administration backed the abortion industry’s efforts and went even a step further to prevent states from prioritizing grant recipients who provide a wide range of health services to women. I do not support this rule because I believe states should have the freedom to allocate grant funds in a way, consistent with the underlying law, that best meets the needs of their local communities. I proudly voted for H. J. Res. 43 to overturn this rule so states can support family planning and other health services without being forced to fund abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.”
 
To learn more about H.J.Res. 43, Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting subrecipients, click here.
 

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Sessions Votes to Block Government Takeover of Retirement Savings

2017/02/15

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee  on Rules, released the following statement after the passage of two measures that disapprove of rules from the Department of Labor:
 
"In November the American people rejected the Obama Administration's assault on the free market place and entrusted Republicans with the responsibility of putting an end to their job-killing regulations. Today the House rolled back two more misguided, unnecessary rules that were enacted in the last days of the Obama Administration.  Unsurprisingly, these two rules fell short of their intended goal of creating a “safe harbor” for American workers to save their hard-earned money, and instead resulted in private-sector workers being forced into government-run retirement savings plans with fewer protections and less control over their savings. Congressional Republicans now have the opportunity to protect workers and small businesses from flawed Obama-era regulations and we take seriously our directive from the American people to continue our fight to reverse course on ill-advised rules and provide Americans with the financial security and certainty that they deserve."

To learn more about H.J. Res. 66, Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to savings arrangements established by States for non-governmental employees, click here.

To learn more about H.J. Res. 67, Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to savings arrangements established by qualified State political subdivisions for non-governmental employees, click here.  
 

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Sessions Votes to Overturn Onerous Alaskan Wildlife Rule

2017/02/15

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement in support of a measure to disapprove of a rule that undermines Alaska's authoirty to manage fish and wildlife on state, private and federal lands: 

"The great state of Alaska has been restricted in its ability to manage its own fish and wildlife refuges by an oppressive rule implemented in the waning days of the Obama administration. This rule undermines state authority to oversee local wildlife for recreational and subsistence hunting and sets an alarming precedent of federal interference in our wildlife reserves if implemented across the rest of the country. It is crucial that we overturn this restrictive rule and work to restore a cooperative relationship between Alaska and the federal government."

To learn more about H.J. Res. 69, Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to "Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska", click here.

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Sessions to BLM - Leave Our Land Alone

2017/02/14

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 measure that requires the Bureau of Land Management to perform a survey on the 116-mile stretch of contested land in between Oklahoma and Texas along the Red River:
 
"For nearly a century ranchers, farmers, and families along the Red River have lived in a cloud of uncertainty because of the Bureau of Land Management’s failure to appropriately determine the boundary between public and private land.  As a result Texans have been subject to ridiculous and baseless land grabs by federal agencies. Many of these families have been on this land for generations and it is critical that we take active measures to provide them with the certainty they need so they can rightfully protect their land."

To learn more about H.R. 428, the Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act, click here
 

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

2017/02/13

This week the House passed two measures to roll back the teacher preparation rule and the accountability rule imposed in the waning days of the Obama Administration. I proudly voted to roll back these two last minute rules to cut through unnecessary bureaucratic red tape that is strangling our teachers and hindering their ability to effectively and proficiently teach our students. We need a robust education system that prepares our youth to be leaders of tomorrow, not forces them to fit into an arbitrary mold created by Washington bureaucrats. In addition it is critical that we protect our most vulnerable students and teachers, especially in the special education community, who could be unnecessarily burdened by discriminatory federal standards.This is a strong step in the right direction to strengthen our education system by taking power away from Washington and putting it back to where it belongs – with local officials, school districts, teachers, and parents.

Meetings with Texans 
Texas Water Development Board 
On Tuesday I was delighted to meet with Texas Water Development Board Chairman Brunn and my good friends from the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) to receive an update on the critical water infrastructure projects that are currently ongoing and being planned for our state. Specifically, I was glad to hear from NTMWD Vice President Thurmond, Secretary Sweeden, members of the board, and members of the executive leadership staff that our ongoing efforts to build the Lower Bois d'Arc Creek reservoir have overcome federal permitting delays and are now moving forward.

 
 Congressman Sessions with Chairman Bech Bruun and Lauren Graber of the TWDB

Additionally, I was very appreciative of Chairman Brunn passing along the new 2017 State Water Plan, which will serve as an important resource for my office as we move forward. Simply put, in order to mitigate the risk of future water shortages and increased prices for consumers we must ensure that these projects are successful and fully approved at all levels of our government.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital 
I was pleased this week to meet with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital President/CEO Robert Walker and Senior Vice President Lori Dalton to discuss their yearly initiatives. Their work is essential to so many children and families not only in the North Texas area, but nationwide. As we move forward in this crucial time for healthcare reform, I am excited to work with them in order to ensure their specialized needs are taken into consideration.

 
Congressman Sessions with President/CEO Robert Walker and Senior VP Lori Dalton

Representatives from HealthSouth, a group of rehabilitation hospitals located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, visited my Washington, D.C. office Tuesday to discuss how they are maneuvering the many regulations surrounding Medicare services. So many of these regulations force unnecessary burdens on physicians and administration, driving up the cost of care and interfering with the doctor-patient relationship. I look forward to working with them and many other groups in the North Texas area to scale back these onerous policies.

Associated Equipment Distributors 
On Wednesday I had the pleasure to meet with Chairman Whit Perryman and members of the Associated Equipment Distributers trade association. These men and women work hard every day to ensure construction, mining, forestry, power generation, agriculture and industrial companies have access to the most leading edge construction equipment to accomplish their goals and keep our economy moving. 

We discussed the importance of reforming our nation’s tax code and ensuring that the Republican replacement for our broken healthcare system practically works for our nation’s employers and employees.

Moving Offices 
Please be advised that effective March 1st, 2017 my District Office will officially transition to a new location. Below is our current address, as well as our new address. Please do not send correspondences 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

Please note that our phone number 972.392.0505, and fax number 972.392.0615 will remain the same. Should you have any questions or concerns please contact my staff in the District Office. I look forward to serving you in the 115th Congress.

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Gov. Abbott threatens to 'bring the hammer down on Dallas County' over immigration

2017/02/09

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday threatened to "bring the hammer down on Dallas County" if it acts on its new resolution welcoming unauthorized immigrants.

The symbolic resolution that Dallas County commissioners approved Tuesday may have put a chunk of its budget squarely in the cross hairs of Republican lawmakers in Austin and Washington who are determined to outlaw so-called sanctuary cities in Texas.

The commissioners essentially thumbed their noses at GOP state leaders' anti-sanctuary efforts, calling on local law enforcement agencies to "end nonessential collaborations with Immigration and Customs Enforcement." 

"If anybody acts on that resolution to make Dallas a sanctuary city, if any sanctuary city policy is implemented in any way, the hammer will come down on them," Abbott said.

Abbott, who has cut funding to Travis County over the sheriff's sanctuary policy, said he would make it "financially impossible" for Dallas County to reduce its cooperation with federal immigration authorities. But he acknowledged that the resolution alone wasn't an actual policy; he vowed to take action if any policies are enacted. 

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called the commissioners' move a stunning betrayal of what the American public wants and said it puts the community at risk.
But the tough talk didn't worry most of the commissioners, who said the resolution is not legally binding and that Sheriff Lupe Valdez fully cooperates with federal immigration authorities at the Dallas County Jail. 

"It's just politics," Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. "People in the Legislature want to show who's the toughest on immigration and these so-called sanctuary cities."

Dallas County's "Welcoming Communities" resolution comes as state leaders wage an all-out political assault on local governments that fail to enforce federal immigration laws. The Texas Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would cut millions in state funds to sanctuary jurisdictions, levy significant fines against them and make elected officials who promote such policies subject to criminal charges. 

Critics of the anti-sanctuary movement, though, worry that it will spark fear in immigrant communities and harm the state's economy. Most of the state's big-city police chiefs have opposed the ban, saying it would damage their relationships with the immigrant communities they serve, making it harder for them to contact crime victims and witnesses. They also worry that it could subject them and their officers to racial profiling lawsuits. 

"We should remember that Texas, and this country, was made great by the hard work of so many people who came here from other places," said Sen. Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio.

The four Democratic Dallas County commissioners felt the need to pass the resolution, Jenkins said, to make immigrants feel safe calling 911, working with police and sending their kids to school.

Lawmakers in Austin will continue debating legislation to ban sanctuary cities, but Abbott has already cut nearly $2 million in funding to Travis County after the sheriff refused to reverse a policy she adopted that prohibits officers from asking about immigration status and declines to turn over all unauthorized immigrants to federal officials.

Patrick took to the airwaves Wednesday, telling a conservative talk show on WBAP-AM that he was "stunned" by Dallas County's resolution.

"They're putting the citizens of Dallas County and the greater area at risk," Patrick said. "I don't think they understand we're serious about putting an end to this."

But most Dallas County commissioners weren't concerned. They insisted the county was compliant with ICE requests and wasn't changing anything, despite the resolution's call to "end nonessential cooperation."  The county's legal advisers reviewed the resolution in advance, Jenkins said, even though it carries no legal weight.

"Hell, I wish I could hold everybody to the resolution," Commissioner John Wiley Price said. "Hell, we'd have [slavery] reparations by now."
Commissioner Theresa Daniel said she, too, wasn't concerned.

"We're in 100 percent, total compliance with federal law," she said, adding that she sees state lawmakers' actions as "posturing." 

Abbott declared the banning of sanctuary cities an emergency issue for the legislative session. He and other Republican supporters of the ban worry that if local governments allow unauthorized immigrants who are criminals to go free, they could victimize others.  

Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, author of the bill the Senate approved Wednesday, said the measure is about enforcing the "rule of law."

"Government's role is to protect good and to punish evil," he said. "It's to provide a basis for social stability so that we, as a nation, can have a viable, vibrant place to discuss the Gospel."

Not all state lawmakers opposed Dallas County's resolution. 

"I'm hopeful that leaders in Texas will see this resolution for what it is: an attempt to quell the fears of children and parents living in an unfriendly political climate," Rep. Victoria Neave, D-Dallas, said in a prepared statement. "Texas veterans and crime victims should not bear the burden of a political fight created by statewide politicians."

Under the Senate bill, local governments would lose state grant funding and face steep fines if they adopt policies that prevent local officers from enforcing immigration laws. They would also be punished for failing to honor all detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Detainers are nonbinding requests to keep suspected unauthorized immigrants in jail after their release date so that federal officials can ascertain whether the person should be deported.

The bill would apply major fines to agencies that adopt sanctuary policies. An initial violation would bring a fine of up to $1,500. For each continuing day the offending policy is in place, the agency could be fined up to $25,500 per day. Law enforcement agencies could also face civil suits from crime victims if they are hurt by an individual who was released by police despite the existence of an immigration detainer.

Upping the ante for police leaders who adopt sanctuary policies, the bill would also make sheriffs and police chiefs subject to a Class A misdemeanor for doing so. That could mean a fine of up to $4,000 and a year in jail if the district attorney presses charges.

If it becomes law, cities and counties that adopt sanctuary policies could face a double whammy from Texas and the Trump administration. The president signed an executive order that would also rescind federal grants to sanctuary jurisdictions.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said he supports the state proposals and expects more action from Washington to rein in sanctuary cities.

"We are all obligated to support the law, especially if you are a law enforcement officer, a county sheriff or local police official. You are duty-bound to enforce the law," he said. "That's not just local and state law. That includes federal law."
U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, lodged his displeasure with the resolution on Twitter.

Pete Sessions 
✔@PeteSessions
I refuse to stand by & let this misguided, lawless resolution undermine our nation's laws and endanger our families. http://www.dallasnews.com/news/immigration/2017/02/07/tensions-erupt-sanctuary-cities-dallas-county-commissioners-court …

In a prepared statement, Sessions called the resolution "unwise."
"It is completely irresponsible to pick and choose which laws to follow especially when it comes to turning a blind eye to the actions of criminal illegal aliens," he said. "I refuse to stand idly by and let this misguided, lawless resolution undermine or nation's laws and endanger our families."

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Sessions Statement on the Lawless Resolution Passed by the Dallas County Commissioners Court

2017/02/08

DALLAS, TX – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement in response to the “Welcoming Communities” resolution passed by the Dallas County Commissioners Court yesterday:

"I rarely ever second guess or comment on decisions made by local officials but I feel that this unwise resolution puts our families and our community in direct harm and demands our immediate attention. It is completely irresponsible to pick and choose which laws to follow especially when it comes to turning a blind eye to the actions of criminal illegal aliens. I refuse to stand idly by and let this misguided, lawless resolution undermine our nation's laws and endanger our families."

 

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Sessions Votes to Restore Decision-Making Authority to Local Governments

2017/02/08

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement after passage of a resolution to stop a rule issued by the Bureau of Land Management:
 
"Last year the Bureau of Land Management hastily implemented a misguided rule that strips key planning decisions away from local communities and places control in the hands of bureaucrats in Washington and special interest groups. As a result of the leadership of Chairman Rob Bishop and our bright new member of the Rules Committee, Congresswoman Liz Cheney, today we took a step to stop this rule in its tracks and reinforce the rights granted to state and local governments under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act.  Public land management is best left in the hands of local governments who best know how to effectively balance the needs of farmers and ranchers with our conservation goals."  

To learn more about H.J. Res. 44, Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations that establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, click here
 

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Sessions Gives A+ to Measures to Roll Back Red Tape on America's Teachers

2017/02/07

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement in support of two measures to roll back the teacher preparation rule and the accountability rule imposed in the waning days of the Obama Administration:
 
“The Obama Administration’s egregious power grab in our school systems has led to a one-size-fits-all approach that has contributed to a decaying education system that is failing to prepare America’s students. We need a robust education system that prepares our youth to be leaders of tomorrow, not forces them to fit into an arbitrary mold created by Washington bureaucrats. We must also protect our most vulnerable students and teachers, especially in the special education community, who could be unnecessarily burdened by discriminatory federal standards.
 
“Today I proudly voted to roll back these two last minute rules to cut through unnecessary bureaucratic red tape that is strangling our teachers and hindering their ability to effectively and proficiently teach our stude
nts. This is a strong step in the right direction to strengthen our education system by taking power away from Washington and putting it back to where it belongs – with local officials, school districts, teachers, and parents.”

To learn more about H. J. Res. 57, Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to accountability and State plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, click here.

For more information on H.J. Res 58, Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to teacher preparation issues, click here
 

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The Hill Report: Week of January 30 - February 2, 2017

2017/02/06

This week I proudly voted to disapprove five unnecessary and harmful rules that were enforced in the waning days of the Obama Administration. These rules saddled employers with ill-conceived and costly requirements drowning them in paperwork and crippling their ability to grow and create jobs, decimated jobs in the coal industry, and restricted the constitutional rights of individuals with disabilities. Republicans have fought against these harmful rules for the past eight years and now we can finally exercise our Article I authority and use the Congressional Review Act to send these disapproval resolutions to the Senate in a filibuster-proof fashion. Washington bureaucrats operating independently of Congressional direction have plagued the American people for far too long and passage of these measures today sends a clear message that enough is enough.

Stopping the Fiduciary Rule
Yesterday, I sent a letter to President Trump to urge him to immediately announce a delay of Obama’s fiduciary rule -a misguided rule that allowed unelected bureaucrats to make decisions without fully taking into consideration the impact it would have on American families and businesses. I am pleased that the President heard my request and immediately acted. There has been a wave of uncertainty since the announcement of this rule and with President Trump’s swift action he will undo the damage caused by this onerous provision.

The Announcement of Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch
Tuesday night I was thrilled to hear that President Trump appointed Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch's jurisprudence at the 10th Circuit Court makes him supremely qualified to replace the great Justice Antonin Scalia. This nomination comes at an important time for our country, and I believe that Judge Gorsuch is highly qualified to take the text and structure of the Constitution seriously and apply it to the challenging cases that will come before the Court. It is my hope that the United States Senate confirms Judge Gorsuch in a timely fashion and that he serves a long career on the Supreme Court dedicated to defending the principles of limited government, federalism, the separation of powers, and the rule of law.

Meetings with Texans 
Habitat for Humanity 

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to visit with Dallas residents Stacey Paddock Malcolmson and Betsy del Monte who were in our nation’s capital representing Habitat for Humanity. I was so appreciative of their advocacy efforts on behalf of such an important organization. Because of the work of the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, and their partners, hardworking families in our community have a hand up into a real estate marketplace that would otherwise be beyond their reach. The Dallas community truly takes care of its own and I’m proud and humbled to play a part in their service. We spoke about the importance of preserving the tax code provision that allows for the deductibility of charitable contributions.

 
Congressman Sessions meeting with Betsy del Monte and Stacey Paddock Malcolmson of Habitat for Humanity 

In our time together, Stacey and Betsy shared with me the story of Rivelino Lopez. He was born and raised in Oak Cliff. He attended Dallas Baptist University, and wanted to stay in the area to raise his family. Rivelino learned about the Dallas Habitat homeownership program through the DHA, and thought it would be a great opportunity. Rivelino is most excited about finally being a homeowner. He wants to have things set up for his children’s future. He wants to also set a good example for them, and start a positive cycle, so that they can look back and know that anything is possible if they set their mind to it.

Rivelino’s story speaks to the need to empower local communities to effectively use their resources to make the best decisions for their neighbors in need. The generosity and hard work of the Dallas community is truly unparalleled and I appreciate the efforts of Betsy, Stacey, and so many others who advocate for such a worthy organization, and those that similarly give their time and resources to ensure that everyone in our community has the opportunity to build a better life.

National Sorghum Producers
On Wednesday, I was delighted to meet with Texans representing the National Sorghum Producers, also known as the NSP. The NSP are a leading voice in agriculture representing one of the nation’s most efficient and valuable crops. Specifically, we discussed the farm economy and farm bill, as well as sorghum specific topics including the sugarcane aphid, Renewable Fuel Standard, and Department of Energy research into sorghum. Sorghum is an incredibly versatile part of our agricultural economy, and it is vital that we continue to support this important industry. In the 115th Congress, I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that the National Sorghum Producers have all the resources they need to continue to succeed.

Jewish Disability Advocacy Day Luncheon 
This Thursday I had the honor of speaking at the Jewish Disability Advocacy Day Luncheon. The lunch brought together a coalition of national Jewish organizations passionate about disability policy who are on the hill to speak to the people that represent them in Washington. I told them the story of a nine year old boy, my son Alex Sessions, who thanked the President for helping with the bill. The President did not know that the bill was the Family Opportunity Act. After meeting Alex, who has down syndrome, the President helped make the bill a law. Anyone can make a difference if they choose to do so. I am proud to see these individuals standing up for what they think is right.

 
Congressman Sessions with William Daroff of the Jewish Federations of North America speaking at the JDAD Luncheon 

Moving Offices 
Please be advised that effective March 1st, 2017 my District Office will officially transition to a new location. Below is our current address, as well as our new address. Please do not send correspondences to the new location until March 1st, 2017 as we cannot guarantee its delivery.

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

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

Please note that our phone number 972.392.0505, and fax number 972.392.0615 will remain the same. Should you have any questions or concerns please contact my staff in the District Office. I look forward to serving you in the 115th Congress.

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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


Congressman Sessions on FOX 4 responding to the Supreme Court's decision on executive amnesty

2016-06-24 21:01:11


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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Joe Barton

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John Culberson

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Kevin Brady

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Michael McCaul

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Michael Conaway

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Kay Granger

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Mac Thornberry

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Bill Flores

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Kenny Marchant

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Roger Williams

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