Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

The Hill Report: Week of October 9 - 13, 2017

2017/10/16

While the water has dried and the winds have stopped, the damage that the hurricanes wrought in Texas, Florida, Georgia, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico is still very much present. This week theHouse acted to provide much needed resources to the areas impacted by these devastating storms. There is no doubt that we have a long road of recovery ahead of us, but make no mistake that we will act to ensure our fellow Americans have what they need to get back on their feet and rebuild their lives. Click here to learn more about the supplemental funding measure that the House passed this week.

Actions to Fix Our Broken Health Care System 
As Chairman of the House Committee on Rules I led the fight on behalf of the House of Representatives to stop President Obama's unconstitutional and unauthorized payments through Obamacare. Article I provides Congress with the power of the purse, not the Executive Branch. The Obama Administration ignored the will of our Founders, trampled on the Constitution, and illegally dispersed funds that were never lawfully appropriated by Congress. This unlawful move shifted the balance of power and threatened to derail our constitutional foundation as a country. I was proud to fight alongside theHouse to put an end to this illegal use of hard earned tax payer dollars and I am pleased that President Trump acted to restore the balance of power and faithfully execute our nation's laws. While this is a step in the right direction, we must continue to work to fix our nation's broken health care system and provide American families with the relief that they need.

In addition to last night’s announcement, the Administration also announced their plan to help drive down costs for American families. Over the past seven years I have proudly joined my House colleagues in voting more than 60 times to dismantle Obamacare. While the House has continued to make strides to fix our broken health care system, our friends in the Senate have barely been able to bring these ideas to the Senate floor for debate much less an actual vote. It is a shame that their continued inaction has strained our ability to provide American families and businesses with the ability to afford quality health care.

I proudly supported a measure earlier this year to create a competitive marketplace by allowing businesses to pool together and form large group sizes to drive down insurance costs. Obamacare has destroyed approximately 300,000 small business jobs and forced almost 10,000 small businesses to close. Clearly, these American job creators need relief and today’s executive order will directly benefit 35 million American workers. While I wish this bill would’ve completed the legislative process and we would’ve put it on the President’s desk for his signature, I am pleased that the President acted to drive down costs and provide American families with more access to affordable, quality health care.

Talking With Community Leaders in Texas 
Richardson Chamber of Commerce Legislative Update 
On Monday, I was delighted to join my friends with the Richardson Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee to discuss the work we are doing to cut burdensome regulations and reform our nation's tax code. Joining such an active and engaged group of business-minded North Texans is a strong reminder of how important it is for us to get our work done in Congress and provide the business community the certainty they need to move our economy forward.

 
Congressman Sessions providing the Richardson Chamber of Commerce with a legislative update

Meetings in Washington 
Southern Methodist University’s Annual Hilltop on the Hill Program 
Every year I am delighted to welcome young leaders participating in SMU’s Hilltop on the Hill program to our nation’s Capital. We had a robust discussion about the state of play in Washington, my role asthe Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, and ways they can be most successful in all of their future endeavors. It was a pleasure to spend time with these exceptional students and I look forward to seeing what life has in store for them.

 
Congressman Sessions with SMU's Hilltop on the Hill program

US Chamber of Commerce 
On Tuesday I met with a number of American businesses to discuss the on-going fourth round of NAFTA renegotiations. For more than two decades, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has supported jobs and the economy in Texas. Simply put, successful negotiations to update NAFTA should expand on - not diminish - the many benefits this U.S. trade agreement has already created. More than 125,000 small and medium-size businesses export to our two North American neighbors, and they are our largest export markets. Most important, trade with Canada and Mexico supports 14 million American jobs, including 970,900 in Texas. As Congress and the Administration look at ways to modernize this agreement, please know that I will continue to fight for a stronger NAFTA that protects American workers and promotes continued economic growth.

 
Congressman Sessions meeting with members of the US Chamber of Commerce

College of American Pathologists 
This week I was pleased to meet with the College of American Pathologists, including Dr. Joe Saad, a pathologist at Methodist Hospital. We discussed my upcoming visit to Methodist Richardson Medical Center and my support for the Local Coverage Determination Clarification Act of 2017. More than 75 state and national physician organizations, patient advocacy groups and national cancer organizations support this measure which addresses concerns in transparency and accountability in Medicare LCDs.

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Sessions Statement on Trump Administration's Announcement Regarding Obamacare Payments

2017/10/13

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration's decision to end the unlawful cost sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under Obamacare:
 
"As Chairman of the House Committee on Rules I led the fight on behalf of the House of Representatives to stop President Obama's unconstitutional and unauthorized payments through Obamacare. Article I provides Congress with the power of the purse, not the Executive Branch. The Obama Administration ignored the will of our Founders, trampled on the Constitution, and illegally dispersed funds that were never lawfully appropriated by Congress. This unlawful move shifted the balance of power and threatened to derail our constitutional foundation as a country. I was proud to fight alongside the House to put an end to this illegal use of hard earned tax payer dollars and I am pleased that President Trump acted to restore the balance of power and faithfully execute our nation's laws.
 
"Obamacare has failed the American people and we should not continue to illegally prop up a system that was unconstitutionally created in the first place. While this is a step in the right direction, we must continue to work to fix our nation's broken health care system and provide American families with the relief that they need."


 

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Sessions Statement on President Trump's Action to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

2017/10/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement in support of President Trumps announcement to fix our broken health care system: 

"Over the past seven years I have proudly joined my House colleagues in voting more than 60 times to dismantle Obamacare. While the House has continued to make strides to fix our broken health care system, our friends in the Senate have barely been able to bring these ideas to the Senate floor for debate, much less an actual vote. It is a shame that their continued inaction has strained our ability to provide American families and businesses with the ability to afford quality health care.

"This year I proudly supported a measure to create a competitive health care marketplace by allowing businesses to pool together and form large group sizes to drive down insurance costs.  While my preference would have been for this bill to have passed the Senate and gone to the president’s desk for his signature, I am pleased that the president has now acted to the degree that he can to drive down costs and provide American families with more access to affordable, quality health care.  American job creators need relief that today’s executive order will provide, and I encourage the Senate to join the House in passing legislation that can bring real, legislative relief to American families and businesses."

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The Hill Report: Week of October 2 - 6, 2017

2017/10/10

When I talk with constituents about what they feel is the biggest threat to our great nation, an overwhelming amount say our national debt. Our mounting debt poses a significant risk to not onlythe financial stability and security of our country but unfairly saddles our future generations and jeopardizes their opportunity to live the American Dream. As a unified republican government we finally have a real opportunity to get our fiscal house in order. While this is not an easy task, thebudget resolution passed by the House this week puts forth a responsible framework that balancesthe budget within 10 years – without raising taxes – by cutting spending, making necessary reforms, and growing the economy. 

Currently, our deficits are expected to reach $1.4 trillion annually within the next 10 years. Under our plan, we would turn this crippling debt into a $9 billion surplus by 2027. We would achieve this by tackling one of the biggest drivers of debt – wasteful spending. Since Republicans have taken control of the House we have reined in wasteful spending and under this blueprint we would cut $6.5 trillion of waster over the next 10 years. 

We have a responsibility to get our country back on track and that starts with getting our fiscal house in order. I proudly supported this budget resolution to restore fiscal sanity in our government, unleash the free enterprise system, and ensure our kids and grandchildren have the opportunities they need and deserve to thrive in our great nation.

Protecting the Sanctity of Life 
When my son Alex was born with Down syndrome there was never a question in my mind of whether or not his life was in the balance. I knew that he would be my most precious gift, and now at age 23 he has grown to be an Eagle Scout, a stellar athlete, and the coolest guy I know. I have always held the firm conviction and belief that every single life is precious and that God has created each and every one of us in his likeness and image. That is why I proudly cast my vote for a measure to protect the innocent gifts from God who are most vulnerable and honor the sanctity of life. To learn more about H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, click here.

Meetings in Washington 
National Down Syndrome Society 
This week I had the honor to attend a dinner with the National Down Syndrome Society and meet with folks in my office to discuss the importance of the advocacy and work they do for the Down syndrome community. As the father of a son with Down Syndrome, I know first-hand theopportunities Congress has worked to provide for families and individuals with disabilities but recognize there is more work to be done to help those who are struggling. 

 
Congressman Sessions with his wife Karen at the NDSS dinner in the two top pictures and in the two pictures on the bottom, Congressman Sessions is meeting with NDSS representatives

That is why this week I sat down with my dear friend and colleague, Congressman Mike Coffman (CO-6), to discuss ways we can work together to help the Down syndrome community in our country. Together we sent a letter to Secretary Shulkin at the Department of Veterans Affairs to request a meeting with him to discuss ways research on the link between Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome can be integrated into the Department’s research portfolio. I look forward to meeting with Secretary Shulkin and working with Congressman Coffman on this important matter.

Golden Pass 
On Wednesday I met with Texan's representing Golden Pass LNG to receive an update on the work Golden Pass, and other energy companies, have been doing to get our state's energy economy back up and running after the destruction of Hurricane Harvey. I was also delighted to hear of the stories of Texans helping Texans during the disaster, including one of a Golden Pass employee who assisted and evacuated over 150 of his neighbors as the floodwaters were rising. Ultimately, while thehurricane did impact a large section of operations in the Houston and Port Arthur area, I am proud to hear of the quick action that has been taken to fix disruptions, reopen these vital facilities and refineries, and help Texans who work to power our country.

 
Congressman Sessions meeting with Golden Pass

The Auto Care Association 
This week I was delighted to meet with the Auto Care Association to discuss intellectual property inthe auto industry and its impact on car owners. We also discussed tax reform and the impact of various proposals on small, family-owned businesses.

 
Congressman Sessions with Texas members of the Auto Care Association

Health Care Services Corps 
I was happy to meet with the Health Care Services Corp to discuss health insurance coverage in thestate and their work to help Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey. We also discussed my health care proposal, The World's Greatest Healthcare Plan. I believe there are ways we can all move forward to reform our broken health care system, but, in order to do so, we must encourage more individuals into group plans, not less.

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Sessions Statement on the FY 2018 Budget Resolution

2017/10/05

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 the budget resolution for fiscal year 2018: 

"As a unified republican government we finally have a real opportunity to get our fiscal house in order. While this is not an easy task, today’s resolution puts forth a responsible framework that balances the budget within 10 years – without raising taxes – by cutting spending, making necessary reforms, and growing the economy.

"Currently, our deficits are expected to reach $1.4 trillion annually within the next 10 years. Under our plan, we would turn this crippling debt into a $9 billion surplus by 2027. We would achieve this by tackling one of the biggest drivers of debt – wasteful spending. Since Republicans have taken control of the House we have reined in wasteful spending and under this blueprint we would cut $6.5 trillion of waster over the next 10 years.

"We have a responsibility to get our country back on track and that starts with getting our fiscal house in order. I proudly supported this budget resolution to restore fiscal sanity in our government, unleash the free enterprise system, and ensure our kids and grandchildren have the opportunities they need and deserve to thrive in our great nation."


To learn more about H. Con. Res. 71, establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027, click here.

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Sessions: Each and Every Life is Precious

2017/10/04

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 prohibit abortions after 20 weeks, which is when a fetus can feel pain, with exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or when a mother’s life is in danger:

“When my son Alex was born with Down syndrome there was never a question in my mind of whether or not his life was in the balance. I knew that he would be my most precious gift, and now at age 23 he has grown to be an Eagle Scout, a stellar athlete, and the coolest guy I know. I have always held the firm conviction and belief that every single life is precious and that God has created each and every one of us in his likeness and image. That is why I proudly cast my vote today to protect the innocent gifts from God who are most vulnerable and honor the sanctity of life.”

To learn more about H.R. 36, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, click here.
 

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The Hill Report: Week of September 25 - 29, 2017

2017/10/02

Do you remember what you were doing in 1986? I was working at then Southwestern Bell Company and my hair was still brown. I know I’ve changed a lot since then, but do you know what hasn’t? Our tax code. This week the House and the Senate unveiled a blueprint to reform our nation’s tax code to help American families keep more of their hard-earned pay checks, put American businesses on a competitive playing field with the rest of the world, and ensure job creators can continue to grow and expand their businesses. While this is a starting point, I look forward to getting feedback from North Texans to learn how we can make our tax code flatter, fairer, and simpler. Read more about ithere.

Providing Relief for Hurricane Victims 
In the past month, millions of Americans have had their homes destroyed, communities ravaged, and lives upended because of three catastrophic natural disasters. As our neighbors continue to deal with their loss and devastation, earlier this week Democrats decided to play politics and block this necessary bill from passing the House through expedited measures. These American families have lost everything, and for Democrats to try to politicize a package that gives them the relief that they need is simply unconscionable. When the first storm wreaked havoc in my home state of Texas, I saw an overwhelming outpouring of love and support, I didn’t see anyone trying to play politics asthe floods rushed down I-45 and families in Houston were being rescued from their roofs by strangers who had gone down to lend a hand. It is disgraceful to think that just because the water has dried and the streets are clear that our friends across the aisle would use this as a political bargaining chip. It’s not. These are real people, real Americans, who have lost everything. 

I stand with my fellow Americans and I have vowed to offer my prayers and my help to ensure that they can get back on their feet. This is just the beginning of the relief efforts, but every bit helps. This week the House and the Senate passed a package that includes tax changes to provide immediate relief to our neighbors in Texas, Florida, Georgia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. In addition, it includes pro-consumer flood insurance reforms that passed the House with unanimous support last year. I am proud that we took the initiative to pass this necessary effort to help our neighbors in need and I will continue to work with my colleagues to rebuild these communities and make them stronger than ever. 

Meetings With Texans 
SkillsUSA 
I was delighted to sit down with young leaders from across Dallas and the Dallas Independent School District. As one of the largest national organizations serving students, SkillsUSA works to help students prepare for life outside of school. Specifically, we discussed a wide range of issues including the importance of career based skills, technical workforce abilities, and how young Americans can work hard to realize their career objectives and dreams. Over the hour, I also learned that these students regularly engage in numerous community service activities every year, using their occupational and leadership skills to benefit their neighbors, hometowns and the nation. As our country works to promote the next generation of young leaders, I am look forward to continuing to engage with students and leaders back home.

 
Congressman Sessions meets with students with Skills USA

Sempra Energy 
Earlier this week I met with Sempra Energy to discuss NAFTA trade policies. Specifically, we discussed the recent letter I sent to U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer reaffirming my strong support for a modernized NAFTA trade deal that protects and promotes the American energy sector and U.S. businesses that have operations in Canada and Mexico. In addition to NAFTA, we also discussed Sempra's recent deal to buy Oncor, one of our state's largest electric transmission and distribution service providers. As Sempra works to finalize the deal, I am delighted to hear that they plan to strongly promote local and state management and keep Oncor focused on its mission of serving Texans. Ultimately, as Texas continues to lead the nation and world in energy production, I look forward to continuing my work in support of this vital American industry.

American Occupational Therapy Association 
This week I has the pleasure of meeting with the American Occupational Therapy Association, including fellow Southwestern University alumnus Robin Clearman. We discussed my support for H.R. 807, which repeals caps on Medicare outpatient rehabilitation therapy. Many seniors rely on these services, and they should be able to receive the high-quality care they need.

 
Congressman Sessions with members of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) after meeting with them to discuss occupational therapy and Medicare

Reddy Ice 
On Tuesday I met with Texan small business owners who work in the packaged ice industry to talk about their ongoing support in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and concerns regarding federal regulation of packaged ice. Simply put, I was disheartened to hear that the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is simply not doing their job in effectively monitoring how ice is distributed across our country. This is especially concerning given "dirty ice" can lead to contaminations in food and potential sickness. In the coming days and weeks, I plan to reach out to the FDA to express my strong concerns on this issue and willingness to work to ensure that the FDA is doing its job to keep Americans healthy.

 
Members of the Reddy ICE team with Congressman Sessions after discussing food safety issues 

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Sessions Supports Tax Relief for Hurricane Victims

2017/09/28

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 a measure to provide tax relief for those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria,  make pro-consumer flood insurance reforms, and extend the funding of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund:
 
"In the past month, millions of Americans have had their homes destroyed, communities ravaged, and lives upended because of three catastrophic natural disasters. As our neighbors continue to deal with their loss and devastation, earlier this week Democrats decided to play politics and block this necessary bill from passing the House through expedited measures. These American families have lost everything, and for Democrats to try to politicize a package that gives them the relief that they need is simply unconscionable. When the first storm wreaked havoc in my home state of Texas, I saw an overwhelming outpouring of love and support, I didn’t see anyone trying to play politics as the floods rushed down I-45 and families in Houston were being rescued from their roofs by strangers who had gone down to lend a hand. It is disgraceful to think that just because the water has dried and the streets are clear that our friends across the aisle would use this as a political bargaining chip. It’s not. These are real people, real Americans, who have lost everything.
 
"I stand with my fellow Americans and I have vowed to offer my prayers and my help to ensure that they can get back on their feet. This is just the beginning of the relief efforts, but every bit helps. Today’s package includes tax changes to provide immediate relief to our neighbors in Texas, Florida, Georgia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. In addition, it includes pro-consumer flood insurance reforms that passed the House with unanimous support last year. I am proud that House Republicans took the initiative to pass this necessary effort to help our neighbors in need and I will continue to work with my colleagues to rebuild these communities and make them stronger than ever."


 
To learn more about H.R. 3823, Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act, click here.
 

 

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Sessions Votes to Help Those Who Need It Most

2017/09/26

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 reauthorize the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program:
“For the past seven years this program has responsibly used tax payer dollars to make a significant impact on some of the most vulnerable in our community. MIECHV has made it possible for local, state, and federal officials to work together to help at-risk children and families while ensuring hard earned tax pay dollars are used responsibly and effectively. I proudly voted to reauthorize this evidence-based program to continue to give these families and children the opportunity to build a better life.”
 
To learn more about H.R. 2824, Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act, click here

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The Hill Report: Week of September 18 - 22, 2017

2017/09/25

During this District Work Period I was delighted to spend time with North Texans across the 32nd Congressional District. In every meeting, there was a resounding theme – the necessity to reform our nation’s tax code. Our tax code has strangled the free enterprise system, hindered growth, and made it harder for American families to take home more of their hard-earned pay check. I believe we need to have a simpler, fairer, flatter system so that it’s not only easier to do your taxes, but it’s also easier to have peace of mind at critical moments in life. As we continue to discuss ways to reform our current system, I remain committed to reforming our tax code to create more opportunities for all Americans.  To learn more about our efforts to reform our nation’s tax code, click here. 

Meetings with North Texans
BOMA
This week I met with The Building Owners and Managers Association in Dallas and had a productive conversation about the dynamic commercial real estate industry and the issues they face daily. We must continue to provide a certain and stable marketplace by lowering the personal income tax rate, maintaining the pass through rate parity and "like-kind" exchanges, and supporting a territorial tax system that would not penalize reinvestments or paying dividends. We must also promote compliance with the law, but place protections against unnecessary lawsuits and expenditures. I will continue to work with this organization to ensure the safety and uphold the standard of living of our citizens in North Texas.

Members of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) with Congressman Sessions after meeting with him to discuss tax reform.

 

 

Spring Valley Elementary School
On Tuesday morning I was delighted to visit the third grade students of Spring Valley Elementary School once again in support of "The Dictionary Project". Third grade is typically thought of as being the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, and I believe that a dictionary is an essential learning tool for our students. For over 20 years, The Dictionary Project has been providing these tools to our students across the country, and I could not be prouder to participate in such a worthy cause. 

 

 

Congressman Sessions poses with students from Spring Valley Elementary School as a part of “The Dictionary Project”

 

Concorde Career College
This week I met with the leadership of Concorde Career College to discuss how they are helping to address the needs of our country by preparing men and women for a career in the field of healthcare. With a high graduation and placement rate, vocational schools like Concorde Career College do not just provide our communities with highly trained specialists in varied industries across our economy, but provide an opportunity for people committed to improving their lives through education and finding a better career. I applaud the work being done by these educators and look forward to continuing to advocate for policies that allow them to continue helping people realize their potential and improve their lives with as little government interference as possible. 

 

Congressman Sessions meets with members of the Concorde Career College.

 


Lighthouse for the Blind
During my time in Congress, I have always been a proud advocate for the disability community, and I was delighted to join my friends at Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind once again to tour their new Richardson location. This new location will provide more opportunities for the visually impaired community, and I was touched to hear the stories of the men and women working there of how Lighthouse for the Blind has impacted their lives. 

Congressman Sessions with the team from the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind after touring their new facility

TX Scottish Rite
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children in Dallas is doing amazing things to conquer the most complex orthopedic cases and give children the lives they deserve. I met with several doctors, researchers, and administrators this week to collaborate about their research breakthroughs and relationships with the National Institutes of Health. We must continue to give organizations like this the resources they need to continue the advancement of medicine and innovation of leading-edge technologies to cure and treat children's' conditions. Over the past years, I have watched this hospital thrive, and I look forward to the next time I visit with this incredible organization and its people. 


Team members from Scottish Rite Hospital with Congressman Sessions after meeting with him to discuss medical research priorities
 

Spectral MD
In the heart of Uptown Dallas, a medical device making clinical research team has broken though the barriers of light to see inside the human body. Spectral MD has created a leading edge technology that captures photon-tissue interactions underneath the skin's surface through a non-invasive imaging system. This impressive device allows professionals to more accurately categorize, and therefore, treat a burn or a wound in a timely fashion improving outcomes for all patients. Funded in part by Health and Human Services, this company has prospered and created livelihood for the victims of terrible accidents. I am proud this unique company exists in the 32nd Congressional District of Texas. 


Congressman Sessions meeting with the Spectral MD team

 

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Congressman Sessions on Morning Joe talking about the devastation of Hurricane Harvey

2017-08-28 16:11:35


Congressman Sessions on CNN New Day discussing Hurricane Harvey

2017-08-28 16:09:12


Congressman Sessions on Fox and Friends discussing his efforts to secure our border

2017-07-28 18:58:09


Congressman Sessions on Fox Business News talking about North Korean Aggression with Neil Cavuto

2017-07-28 17:59:30


Congressman Sessions discussing his bill to strengthen the physican-patient relationship

2017-07-13 12:56:53


Congressman Sessions managing the rule for Kate's Law

2017-06-30 16:26:15


Congressman Sessions on Fox and Friends discussing ways to tighten national security loopholes

2017-06-07 15:53:03


Congressman Sessions delivering a Memorial Day message with the United States Marine Corps

2017-05-29 19:27:54


Congressman Sessions thanking Dr. Bruce Hargrave for serving as the guest chaplain

2017-05-17 15:13:30


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


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.


Serving With

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

Jodey Arrington

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Pete Olson

TEXAS' 22nd DISTRICT

Will Hurd

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