Congressman Kenny Marchant was sworn in on January 4, 2005, as the Representative for the 24th District of Texas. Marchant and his wife, Donna, reside in Coppell, Texas. They have raised their four children (three sons and one daughter) in District 24 and are the proud grandparents of two grandchildren. Marchant is a graduate of R.L Turner High School in Carrollton, Texas and holds both a Bachelor’s and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. Marchant is a local businessman and investor. He is also active in funding educational scholarships, assisting local charities, and aiding local churches through the Marchant Family Foundation.
Congressman Marchant currently serves on the House Financial Services Committee, Education and Labor Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. His legislative leadership in the U.S. Congress has earned him numerous distinctions including being named "Hero of the Taxpayer" and "Small Business Champion" by Americans for Tax Reform. Marchant was the recipient of the "Spirit of Enterprise" award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for leading the way to create jobs and spur economic growth. Marchant has also been recognized by the Family Research Council as a "True Blue Member of Congress" for his unwavering commitment to strong family values.
Prior to his election to the United States House of Representatives, Marchant served nine terms as a Texas State Representative. During this time he served as Chairman of the Texas House Committee in Financial Institutions, Chairman of the House State Affairs Committee, and Chairman of the Texas House Republican Caucus.
During his three term tenure as Chairman of the Committee on Financial Institutions, Marchant directed and sponsored comprehensive reforms to reshape the face of the Texas State financial regulatory environment. His reforms included an overhaul of the Texas Banking Code, branch banking for interstate banks, and successful passage of legislation authorizing home equity borrowing.
As Chairman of the Texas House Republican Caucus, Marchant led his party in the 2002 elections to a majority in the Texas House for the first time since Reconstruction. As Republican House Caucus Chairman and Vice-Chairman, he served under Texas' three modern Republican governors: Bill Clements, George W. Bush, and Rick Perry.
Marchant's community and legislative leadership in the Texas House earned him numerous distinctions including, “Top Ten Legislator” by Texas Monthly magazine and Harte Hankes communications, “Citizen of the Year” by Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce, and "Legislator of the Year" by the Texas Municipal League.
Congressman Marchant began his career in public service in 1980 with his election to the Carrolton City Council. In 1984 he was elected Mayor of Carrolton. Marchant held the position of Mayor until 1987, when he was elected to the Texas State Legislature.