Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

Sessions Introduces Multi-Employer Pension Plan Partnership Act of 2017

2017/04/28

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, and U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) introduced bipartisan legislation to address one of the most troubled sectors of the American pension system:

"Job creators and employees across the country are being forced to the edge of the cliff as the threat of insolvency of their pension plans looms. This legislation is a common sense solution that provides sponsors of multi-employer pension plans the flexibility they need to provide incentives to retain their currently contributing employers as well as protects newly contributing employers. While this bill does not solve all predictable pension problems, it does remedy one specific type by forcing the government to approve or deny proposals in a reasonable time frame to keep these plans solvent and ensure hard working Americans have access to the benefits that they were promised," said Congressman Sessions.

"If we make promises to workers, we must keep them. The pension system needs much work in order to keep those promises, and this bill makes incremental changes necessary to reach that goal. Employers and employees need assurances that pensions systems can meet the needs and allow for adjustments as the economic landscape shifts. Whether you are a retired or active employee, a business owner or corporate CEO, this bipartisan fix creates those assurances," said Congressman Pascrell.
 

H.R. 2117, the Multi-Employer Pension Plan Partnership Act of 2017, allows employers, unions, and multiemployer pension plans to work together to allow the sponsors of multi-employer pension plans the flexibility to provide incentives to retain their currently contributing employers and protections for newly contributing employers, so these plans can maintain or even improve their source of funding. These bipartisan policy changes will empower  plans to extend their lives and more importantly continue to provide the pension benefits promised to their participants and beneficiaries, at no cost to the U.S. taxpayer.

 

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Sessions Statement on the Short-Term Continuing Resolution

2017/04/28

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Pete Session (R-TX), Chairman of the Committee on Rules, released the following statement upon passage of a short term measure to fund the government through May 5, 2017:
 
"Today's measure shows the American people that we are making a good faith effort to keep our government open. While this is not ideal, I support this effort to provide our colleagues with more time to reach a final agreement on legislation to fund the government through the fiscal year. I applaud the hard work of Chairman Frelinghuysen, Ranking Member Lowey, and the members of their Committee and thank them for their commitment to effectively and efficiently funding our government."

To learn more about H.J. Res. 99, Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2017, and for other purposes, click here
 

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Pete Sessions Congratulates 2017 Congressional Art Competition Winners

2017/04/25

DALLAS, TX – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) congratulated the winners of the 2017 Congressional High School Art Competition during an awards ceremony at The Art Institute of Dallas on Monday.

 

The Congressional High School Art Competition is an annual, nationwide art competition initiated by Members of Congress in their respective districts. The competition for the 32nd Congressional District of Texas, organized by Congressman Sessions, is open to all high school students in the district.  This annual competition provides an opportunity for local students to showcase their individual talents and receive national recognition.

 

Uriel Lopez, a senior at John Leslie Patton Academic Center, was awarded the Grand Prize for his pencil work entitled “Preserving Patriot’s Dream.” His artwork will be showcased in the corridor leading to the U.S. Capitol building for the next year. As the Grand Prize recipient, Uriel will join the national winners in Washington, DC for the Congressional High School Art Competition award ceremony in June.

 

Congressman Pete Sessions with Grand Prize winner Uriel Lopez

 

“Uriel’s depiction of the famous image of our men and women raising the flag in Iwo Jima beautifully captures our nation’s spirit of patriotism,” said Sessions. “His piece is nothing short of exceptional and I am delighted that visitors from across the country and other Congressional members will be able to see this moving piece each and every day in the United States Capitol building.”

 

This year’s competition included 11 entries from students representing five local schools and was once again sponsored by The Art Institute of Dallas.  Prior to the awards ceremony, the Grand Prize winner and Runners Up honors were chosen by art instructors from The Art Institute. The People’s Choice Award winner was chosen by Congressman Sessions’ constituents through online voting on his website. 

 

Runners Up honors were presented to Raven Breaux, a junior at Lakeview Centennial High School, for her color pencil work entitled “Purity of Justice” and to Kimari Hodges, a senior at Lakeview Centennial High School for her watercolor painting “America in Blue.” The People’s Choice Award was presented to Javier Castillo, a sophomore at Garland High School, for his acrylic painting entitled “American Light.” The two Runners Up and the People’s Choice Award artworks will be displayed in Sessions’ Dallas District Office for the next year.

 

“The award-winning art produced by Uriel, Raven, Kimari, and Javier showcased their outstanding talent, and I am very proud of their work,” said Sessions. “All of the pieces submitted from students in this year’s competition highlight their dedication, creativity and passion. I wish them the very best as they continue their education and further develop their artistic abilities.”

 

Students and schools interested in participating in next year’s Congressional Art Competition may contact Rachel Wong in Congressman Sessions’ Dallas District office at 972.392.0505 for more information.

 

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Photos of other winning artists below.

 

 

Congressman Pete Sessions with Runner Up winner Raven Breaux

 

 

Congressman Pete Sessions with Runner Up winner Kimari Hodges

 

 

 

Congressman Pete Sessions with People’s Choice winner Javier Castillo

 

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The Hill Report: Week of April 17 - 21, 2017

2017/04/24

It is always an honor to meet with North Texans across the district to learn how I can help them with issues they are facing personally or issues that are impacting all of us on the national stage. During this District Work Period I had the opportunity to attend the opening of thenew hospice center in North Dallas, discuss tax reform and other issues at the Airlines for America conference, discuss veterans issues with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America, and more. It was a busy week at home so please read the rest of the newsletter to learn more about thehighlights from these meetings.

T. Boone Pickens Hospice Grand Opening
On Tuesday I had the pleasure of speaking at the grand opening of thefirst independent and residential hospice care center in Dallas, the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Thanks to theleading support of my dear friend, T. Boone Pickens, this facility will provide around the clock care to our senior citizens, give our loved ones a comfortable, accessible place to live, and lastly, provide an unparalleled facility and resource for our medical professionals and families to have on site educational experiences. I am proud to have this amazing care center in the32nd District of Texas.

 
 Congressman Sessions speaking at the grand opening of the T. Boone Pickens Hospice Center in Dallas

Texas Trees Foundation
On Tuesday I was delighted to meet with leadership of the Texas Trees Foundation. For 35 years, theFoundation has endeavored to preserve, beautify, and expand parks and other public natural green spaces, as well as educating our community on the importance of building and protecting the urban forest today as a legacy for those who come after us. As one of the fastest growing areas in thecountry, it is imperative that our city planners understand the impact of the urban heat island effect and I applaud the work the Texas Trees Foundation is doing in conjunction with stakeholders throughout the region to mitigate this effect and improve the livability of Dallas.  

 
 Congressman Sessions with Bobby Lyle, Dan Patterson, and Janette Monear the Executive Director of the Texas Trees Foundation

Turtle Creek Breakfast
On Wednesday I was thrilled to join my friends in the Turtle Creek Breakfast Club yet again for a morning of coffee and camaraderie. As Republican Members of Congress, we have set high goals for what we would like to achieve for the American people, and I understand how important it is to have a consistent dialogue with those we represent about what we are working on and why. I am grateful for the opportunity to have a conversation with these leaders in the Dallas community and hear their concerns and look forward to continuing to engage with constituents across the 32nd District of Texas. 

 

Airlines for America’s Airport Affairs Conference
The Airlines of America's Airport Affairs Conference in Dallas graciously hosted me on Wednesday for a discussion with young professionals in our well respected airlines service business. These professionals understand the day to day processes that affect members of our community as well asthe overall need for a strong and organized infrastructure. I will continue to work with this organization to better serve the Dallas community and enable our interconnected world.

 
 Congressman Sessions talking at the Airlines for America's Affairs Conference in Dallas

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America
Thursday afternoon I was honored to spend time with members of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. As one of the leading and fastest growing Veteran Empowerment Organizations in thecountry, IAVA plays a crucial role in supporting our fighting men and women as they return home. Their support for our veterans ranges from transition assistance to employment and educational support to advocacy for policies that help make it easier for our veterans to smoothly return to civilian life, and I appreciate them coming to speak with me about their legislative priorities. These men and women have earned our respect and support, and I am proud to continue to stand up for them in Congress. 

 
 Congressman Sessions and his Deputy District Director Travis Reynolds meeting with members of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America
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The Hill Report: Week of April 10 - 14, 2017

2017/04/17

After six weeks of Washington Work Periods, I was delighted to spendthe week in Dallas for the beginning of this two week District Work Period.  This week I had the opportunity to talk with job creators, visit businesses, and discuss important issues with our law enforcement agents across North Texas. If you would like to learn more about my meetings in real time, please follow me on FacebookTwitter, andInstagram where I provide daily updates about my meetings with North Texans.

Meetings with North Texas Job Creators 
Banking round table
 
On Monday I had the privilege of having lunch with members of theFederal Home Loan Bank of Dallas. These business leaders are top tier in ensuring that our citizens have access to credit, affordable housing, and other means to improve the standard of living our community deserves. I will continue to work with them to ensure they have what they need to get the job done. 

Congressman Sessions with members of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas

Financial services roundtable 
Tuesday morning I was delighted to join members of the Financial Services Roundtable to recognize some local businesses like RealPage, AT&T, Megger, the Texas Rangers and Parkland Hospital System, for their commitment to providing their employees with sound financial advice and putting them on a path to a successful retirement. I was honored help award these companies with the "Save 10 Award", and greatly appreciate their efforts to help American families prepare themselves for a secure financial future. I would also like to thank my friends at the Dallas Regional Chamber for recognizing the value of the Save 10 initiative and hosting the event. 

 
Congressman Sessions at the Financial Services Roundtable Save 10 Awards

DFW International Facility Management Association 
Thursday night I was delighted to address the Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter of the International Facility Management Association. For more than 35 years, IFMA has been the premier organization representing and supporting facility management professionals around the world, and I was happy to share with our local chapter some of my work in Congress to support their efforts. 

 
Congressman Sessions speaking at the DFW-IFMA Chapter meeting

Site Visits 
Digital Realty
 
Eager to see firsthand the world of technology, executives at Digital Realty on Tuesday showed me their top-notch facilities in Richardson, Texas that interconnect consumers and partners. The cloud is an impressive solution to improving our IT infrastructure, operational expertise, and interconnected environment today. I will continue to support ideas that are effective, reliable and technologically sound. 

 
Congressman Sessions visiting Digital Realty in Richardson

Metro PCS 
I had the great opportunity of visiting with a team of Metro PCS executives on Wednesday. Their unique group of users proves that through support and innovation, we can improve our nations accessibility and reliability of information as well as assisting our law enforcement community by helping to secure our public safety. 

 
Congressman Sessions with the Metro PCS team


Meetings with Law Enforcement  
Fusion Center 
On Wednesday I joined three of my Congressional colleagues at a roundtable discussion with leaders of our North Texas law enforcement community to discuss ways to increase the effectiveness of our North Texas Fusion Center (NTFC). Over the last several years, we have learned that the most important aspect of law enforcement and public safety is ensuring that our first responders have accurate and actionable intelligence in a timely manner, and the Fusion Center model has revolutionized how different federal, state and local agencies aggregate and share data. By continuing to refine best practices and collaborating with stakeholders from across the region, theNTFC will continue to serve as a model for how law enforcement agencies can most effectively and efficiently protect our citizens.  

 
Congressman Sessions meeting with law enforcement leaders at the North Texas Fusion Center

 
North Texas Crime Commission 
Thursday morning I was honored to address my dear friends at the North Texas Crime Commission's monthly membership breakfast. The men and women of the NTCC come from acrossthe North Texas region and are brought together by their shared commitment to protecting our citizens and upholding the rule of law. I believe we all owe these brave men and women our gratitude, but as a Member of Congress, it is my job to ensure that they have the resources they need to accomplish the dangerous job we have asked them to do, and I will continue to stand up as I always have for the men and women of our law enforcement community. 

 
Congressman Sessions speaking to members of the North Texas Crime Commission

Congressional Art Competition 
Each year I am delighted to participate in the Congressional Art Competition. This year we had exceptional submissions from North Texas high school students that highlight not only the wealth of talent in the 32nd Congressional District but the commitment and dedication that each of these students has to hone their craft. All of the pieces submitted were judged on April 12th by local artists and art educators, who selected the Grand Prize winner and two Runners-Up that will be announced at a reception on April 24th. All remaining pieces that were submitted are eligible for the People's Choice award that will be displayed in my Dallas District Office. To participate in the People’s Choice award and choose your favorite submission, click here

 

 
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The Hill Report: Week of April 3 - 7, 2017

2017/04/10

 

Last Thursday the President made it clear that we will not stand idly by while Bashar al-Assad barbarically uses chemical weapons to take the lives of innocent men, women, and children. President Trump’s decision to launch a targeted airstrike on the airfield where Assad launched the deadly chemical attack on Monday shows a strength and responsibility that we have not seen in eight years. While the complexity of the situation in Syria grows daily, I believe this is a solid first step and I look forward to working with the President and my colleagues in Congress to hold the Assad regime accountable for its heinous actions.

ABLE Act 2.0 
As the proud father of a Down syndrome young man, I have been a tireless advocate for the disability community and worked to ensure they have the opportunities to achieve a bigger, brighter future. From the Family Opportunity Act to the ABLE Act, we have made immense strides to break through the glass ceiling for individuals with disabilities. This week I was proud to join my colleagues Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Congressmen Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Chris Smith (R-NJ), and Jim Langevin (D-RI) in introducing a package of bills to enhance the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014. The package includes the ABLE to Work Act, the ABLE Financial Planning Act, and the ABLE Age Adjustment Act.  
 
Meetings with the Disability Community 
Global Down Syndrome Foundation 
This week I met with the Global Syndrome Foundation for an update on some very promising new medical research for the Down syndrome community. Thanks to the work of scientists and participants at the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, we are beginning to learn more about the immune system common characteristics of individuals with Down syndrome. I am excited about this research and working to ensure they have proper funding for these studies that could affect an even greater population of people with immune disorders.

 
 

NDSS 
There are hundreds of families that come through my office each year, and this week I was delighted to have one of my favorites in on Wednesday. The Holmes family has two beautiful daughters who come each year to advocate on behalf of NDSS. After our meeting, I had the opportunity to walk them through the U.S. Capitol and escort them to the NDSS awards ceremony and luncheon. At the ceremony, I was humbled to receive the 2017 NDSS Champion of Change Award. In addition, I am proud to announce that one of my team members, Emily Erb, received the Champion of Change Award as well for her work on these important issues. NDSS has been a tireless champion for families across the country and individuals just like my son, Alex, and I am honored to join them in their effort to make life better for all individuals with disabilities. 

 
Congressman Sessions with the Holmes families receiving the Champion of Change Award

Texans in Washington 
Richardson Chamber of Commerce 
Earlier this week I was delighted to spend time with North Texans representing the Richardson Chamber of Commerce. On Sunday night, I was able to spend time with the delegation at the Capitol and receive feedback on some of the important advocacy and legislative issues constituent companies face back home. Tuesday morning, I participated in a policy briefing with the Chamber and discussed how our new unified Republican government is working to roll back anti-business Obama era regulations, unleash the free market system, and promote economic growth. As a Member of Congress with a strong background in the private sector, I understand the need to get the federal government out of the way of private enterprise and I look forward to continuing to work with Texans and my colleagues in Congress to achieve that goal.

 
Congressman Sessions taking members of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce on a night tour of the U.S. Capitol

Texas Society for Respiratory Care 
Tuesday I met with respiratory therapists serving the North Texas area. We discussed their needs within their specialty, including those directly related to telehealth legislation that might be considered in the near future. I look forward to working with them and other respiratory specialists to ensure rural and underserved communities have access to critical respiratory care.

 
Congressman Sessions meeting with North Texan respiratory therapists

Consumer Technology Association 
In Texas, Dallas is the leader in technology jobs, topping Houston (135,974 tech jobs), Austin (113,176), and San Antonio (35,200) by a significant margin. In fact, in just 2015-2016 alone Dallas companies hired 2,978 new workers in the tech sector, outperforming Austin in new hires by 2,000. This is a booming industry that continues to grow in North Texas and across the country. 

This week The Consumer Technology Association came by my office with my friend Dan Pidgeon from Star Power in Dallas, Texas to discuss the importance of the technology industry to our North Texas home. We had a great discussion about my efforts to help the technology industry grow and thrive, including supporting legislation that the House passed this week, H.R.1343, Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2017. Currently, these small businesses face immense challenges raising capital since traditional lenders have greatly reduced their lending programs for small business. That is why I proudly supported this measure to eliminate obstacles that have hampered the ability of employers to attract and retain employees. There is so much talent and opportunity in this budding marketplace and this bill allows us to harness this opportunity and encourage businesses to grow and thrive.

 
Congressman Sessions with Dan Pidgeon

 

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Sessions Statement on Syria

2017/04/07

DALLAS, TX – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s strategic decision to hold President Bashar Al-Assad accountable for the use of chemical weapons that led to the death of dozens of civilians in Syria:

“Yesterday the President made it clear that we will not stand idly by while Bashar al-Assad barbarically uses chemical weapons to take the lives of innocent men, women, and children. President Trump’s decision to launch a targeted airstrike on the airfield where Assad launched the deadly chemical attack on Monday shows a strength and responsibility that we have not seen in eight years. While the complexity of the situation in Syria grows daily, I believe this is a solid first step and I look forward to working with the President and my colleagues in Congress to hold the Assad regime accountable for its heinous actions.”

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Sessions Gives Employers the Keys to Recruit and Retain Top Talent

2017/04/05

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement in support of a measure to amend the Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 701 to increase the threshold amount for requiring issuers to provide certain disclosures relating to compensatory benefit plans from $5 million to $10 million and indexes the amount for inflation every five years:
 
"As a part of our pro-growth agenda, House Republicans have taken active measures to get people back to work and encourage free market based solutions that stimulate budding industries. Recently my hometown of Dallas was named one of the top 25 cities for tech innovation. In 2016, Texas’ technology industry added more than 11,000 new jobs and employed an estimated 593,000 workers. While this industry has been booming, the laws on the books are hindering their ability to prosper. Currently, these small businesses face immense challenges raising capital since traditional lenders have greatly reduced their lending programs for small business. That is why I proudly supported today’s measure to eliminate obstacles that have hampered the ability of employers to attract and retain employees. There is so much talent and opportunity in this budding marketplace and this bill allows us to harness this opportunity and encourage businesses to grow and thrive."

To learn more about H.R. 1343, Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2017, click here
 

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Sessions, McMorris Rodgers, Cardenas, Smith, and Langevin Announce Introduction of ABLE Act 2.0

2017/04/04

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, along with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Chris Smith (R-NJ), and Jim Langevin (D-RI) today introduced a package of bills to enhance the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014. The package includes the ABLE to Work Act, the ABLE Financial Planning Act, and the ABLE Age Adjustment Act. 
 
“As the proud father of the Down syndrome young man I worked tirelessly with my colleagues to get this critical piece of legislation signed into law,” said Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX). “While this law was a monumental step for individuals with disabilities, today’s package will strengthen the existing law to ensure individuals with disabilities, like my son, Alex, have the opportunities they need to break through the glass ceiling and achieve a bigger, brighter future.”

“A job is so much more than a paycheck. It’s what gives you purpose and dignity. It’s the opportunity for a better life, and that’s what we’re doing with ABLE 2.0, specifically the ABLE to Work Act,” said McMorris Rodgers, the bill’s lead. “Too often, people with disabilities live in poverty because the current system forces them to make a choice between disability benefits and work. This legislation empowers people with disabilities to save the money they earn from work while remaining eligible for the critical disability safety net. At the end of the day, this is about empowering people with disabilities, like my son Cole, to live their fullest, independent life.”
 
“ABLE accounts already help thousands of Americans with disabilities live a fuller life,” said Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA). “This legislation builds on that progress and eases the financial burden that many of these families face. ABLE 2.0 expands opportunities for families to save for the future and support their children’s dreams. I’m proud to help introduce this bipartisan legislation.”
 
“As the founder and co-chair of the Coalition for Autism Research and Education, I understand the financial demands of raising a child with support needs,” said Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ). “Education, housing, transportation, employment support, medical care and other life expenses can quickly add up for persons with disabilities. I urge quick passage of this legislation.”
 
“The ABLE Act has promoted greater financial independence by protecting people with disabilities from losing the very services and supports they rely on to live productive and fulfilling lives in their communities,” said Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus. “I’m proud to join my colleagues in introducing these bills to strengthen the current law and enable people with disabilities to find employment, save their hard-earned money, and achieve higher levels of financial empowerment.” 

NOTE: The ABLE 2.0 package includes three bills. The ABLE to Work Act allows individuals and families to save more money — up to the federal poverty level — in their accounts if the beneficiary works and earns income. The ABLE Financial Planning Act allows families to roll over savings in a 529 college savings plan into an ABLE account and prevents these funds from being trapped or fined if a child is born with a disability or acquires one later in life. The ABLE Age Adjustment Act raises the age limit for ABLE accounts from 26 to 46, helping people whose disability or disease develops later in life. 
 

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The Hill Report: Week of March 27 - 30, 2017

2017/04/04

In the past two weeks I have heard from more than 3,000 constituents about the direction of our country. As a country we have to decide if we want to keep the status quo, or if we want to work together to move our country forward and create a better life for all Americans. With this united government we have an historic opportunity to make a difference. We have an opportunity to reform and fix our broken health care system, reinvigorate our economy, and create more jobs for hard working Americans. I believe that we can achieve these goals and I stand firm in my resolve to do just that.

Meetings With Texans
Texas Cattle Feeders
I was delighted to meet with the Chairman and other members of the Texas Cattle Feeders to discuss the important role that agriculture plays in our vibrant state economy. These dedicated Texans are hard at work across our state to create jobs and preserve family farms and ranches. Unfortunately, their very existence is being threatened through no fault of their own. One-size-fits-all regulations from the USDA and EPA fail to recognize the unique nature of family farms and ranches and as a result, are crushing them with regulations that aren’t designed to achieve any benefit and come at an astonishing high cost.


National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association
I always look forward to the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Walter Foxworth from the Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Company and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing our domestic lumber industry. There is important work to be done to strengthen small businesses and protect the many multi-generational family-owned businesses in the industry. We discussed the need to renew the U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement and do so in a way that reflects the impact that price fluctuations have on our US lumber industry and also the industries that rely on softwood lumber to grow our economy. We also discussed our shared support for The Regulatory Accountability Act and the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act. Both these pieces of legislation, if signed into law, would reduce the $12,000 per employee annual cost imposed on small businesses by excessive regulations.

NTCA The Rural Broadband Association
I was pleased to meet with fellow Texans who visited Washington DC to advocate for changes to federal policies impacting small rural telecommunications providers. I support the work that Governor Abbott is doing in Texas to expand broadband access to all Texas students by 2018, and believe our federal regulations should promote innovation and investment in our telecommunications infrastructure. Connectivity drives the engine of our state and has a far-reaching impact including K-12 education, telemedicine, workforce development, and small business growth.

National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
This week I met with representatives from the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, including Diana from Mesquite. She provided me with a copy of the 2016 State of Hispanic Homeownership Report that details the incredible growth in Hispanic homeownership rates and the important role that sustainable homeownership plays in stabilizing our economy and promoting strong families and strong communities. I’m proud of the work Diana is doing in Mesquite and appreciate her advocacy.

National Restaurant Association
North Texas members of the National Restaurant Association, including Nikky Phinywanta, Creator and CEO of Asian Mint Restaurant, sat down with me in my Washington office this week to discuss a number of issues important to their ability to create jobs and growth our Dallas economy. I was particularly touched by the impact Nikky is having through not only the jobs she is creating, but for her work investing and mentoring youth in our community.

Congressional Art Competition
Each year I am always delighted to host the Congressional Art Competition in the 32nd Congressional District.  This competition invites North Texas high school students to submit a piece of artwork that best reflects their idea of “America the Beautiful” and have their piece displayed in the United States Capitol.  I am always deeply impressed with the skills and creativity in the pieces submitted each year and look forward to seeing this year’s talent.  If you would like to participate in this year’s competition, click here.

Service Academy Forum 
On Saturday April 29, 2017, a representative from my office will be joining my North Texas colleagues in hosting a Service Academy forum.  This event provides interested students and their parents with the opportunity to learn more about our nation’s exceptional Service Academies and the important role they have in shaping the future leaders of our community, state, and nation.

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Registration Begins at 7:30 a.m.
 Download the event flyer here.
Location: Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts
1110 W. Debbie Lane
Mansfield, Texas 76063

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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

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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

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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