As a conservative, “Jeffersonian Republican,” Congressman John Culberson is committed to Thomas Jefferson’s vision of limited government, individual liberty, and states' rights. Simply put, John Culberson’s goal is “Letting Texans Run Texas."
John Culberson was elected in 2000 to represent the 7th District, a seat formerly held by President George H. W. Bush and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer. In Congress, John's priorities include strengthening the economy, securing the border, advancing medical and scientific research, and improving Houston transportation.
John is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for funding the federal government. His position on the committee allows him to promote his vision for effective government - lower taxes, less regulation, and more local control. John serves on the Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee, where he’s a tireless advocate for law enforcement and NASA, and the Homeland Security Subcommittee, where he’s committed to securing our borders and winning the War on Terror.
John believes the lawlessness on the border requires immediate action, and the Texas border county sheriffs are ready, willing, and able to assist. In close cooperation with the Texas Border Sheriffs’ Coalition, he continues to secure federal funding for the sheriffs to enforce law and order and provide the necessary support for our Border Patrol agents.
John is also a zealous advocate for increasing our investment in medical and scientific research. He recognizes that breakthroughs in these areas our vital to meeting the economic and technological challenges we face in the 21st century.
John also believes in cost-effective transportation projects that reduce congestion on Houston’s busy roads. His signature transportation project, the Katy Freeway expansion, is the nation’s first combination Interstate highway with locally-owned toll lanes. The project will be finished years ahead of schedule, and according to TxDOT will cut travel time in half.
A life-long Texas resident, John Culberson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1981. After college, he worked for his father's political consulting and advertising agency before earning a Juris Doctorate degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston. Before his election to Congress, he practiced law as a civil defense attorney with the Houston firm Lorance and Thompson.
In 1986, John was elected to the Texas House of Representatives while he was a law student. He spent 14 years in the Texas House and in his last term in 1999, he was selected by his peers to serve as Minority Whip.
He is best remembered in Austin for his successful effort to restore state control of the Texas prison system from a federal judge. After introducing and passing legislation in the Texas House, and drafting key pieces of federal law, John fought in court on behalf of his legislation and the ruling returned full authority over state prisons to the Texas Legislature.
John and his wife, Belinda, have been married nearly two decades and have a daughter, Caroline. They are members of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church.