Pete Sessions

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

Sessions Supports Bold, Pro-Growth Tax Reform Package

2017/11/16

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 pro-growth tax reform package:

“Back home, I hear stories each and every day from families who move to Dallas for a better opportunity to be winners in our economy. In Texas, we believe that fewer regulations, lower taxes, and more freedom are the keys to success. Today, this pro-growth, bold package takes the same approach – lower taxes on families, lower taxes on American businesses, and more opportunities for success.

“For far too long American job creators have been held hostage by crippling tax rates. Our plan responsibly lowers these rates to unleash the free enterprise system and allow businesses across the country to flourish. Job Creators can finally focus on growing their companies and hiring hard working Americans instead of constantly worrying about getting bled dry by Uncle Sam.


“This package also gives a direct and immediate boost to the middle class. By doubling the standard deduction rate, increasing child tax credits, and lowering taxes, middle class families will be able to keep more of their hard earned paycheck.

“While we have more work to do, I believe this is a solid first step in the right direction. As our colleagues in the Senate work on their part of the process, I look forward to coming together with them to reform our broken tax code. By finding common ground between our packages and putting our best ideas together, I believe the final package will be transformative for our economy and a big win for the American people.”

To learn more about how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, click here.

 

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Sessions Supports NDAA Conference Report

2017/11/14

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 Conference Report to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018: 
 
“As Members of Congress we have an obligation and a duty to ensure our military is robust, strong, and ready. Today we fulfilled this responsibility by increasing funding to maintain readiness on all fronts, supplying our troops with new equipment and tools, as well as providing our men and women in uniform with the largest pay raise in eight years. I am proud of this package because it represents the viewpoints and ideas of members from both sides of the aisle in both of the Chambers. In our committee alone we made 210 amendments in order for consideration - the most amendments we have ever made in order for NDAA. With these amendments the House passed a robust package that was then made even better by the conferees. I would like to applaud my friend Chairman Mac Thornberry and all of the members who helped craft this critical measure to help restore and rebuild our military. I proudly supported this package and I look forward to my colleagues in the Senate taking the measures necessary to pass this report so we can send it to the President’s desk.”

To learn more about Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2810, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, click here.

 
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The Hill Report: Honoring Our Veterans

2017/11/13

Today I join Americans across the country in offering my deepest thanks to all of our men and women in who served our country. These brave heroes deserve to be thanked each and every day for their unwavering service to our country, commitment to protecting our freedom, and their continued contributions to our communities.

Yesterday I was honored to have the opportunity to thank North Texas veterans from across the32nd Congressional District for their service. I heard from heroes who served with the greatest generation in WWII, who fought for their lives as they were held captive in Hanoi, and from dozens more who told me about their days in service to our country. It was a honor to be among these outstanding men and women and I offer my heartiest gratitude for their service. 


Garland Chapter 137 of the Disabled American Veterans 
To start off the morning, I went to thank the members of the Garland Chapter 137 of the Disabled American Veterans. This group has done a wonderful job of serving as a resource for disabled veterans in Garland. Through their continued service they fulfill their mission each and every day - to empower veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.

 

Dallas Veterans Day Parade 
Later in the morning I was honored to join city leaders, fellow Members of Congress, and people from across the region to honor our North Texas veterans. This year’s parade was dedicated to honor all of our veterans who served in the Gulf War. As always, it was a heartfelt and touching ceremony and a wonderful opportunity for everyone in the community to say “thank you” to our service members in Dallas. 


Southern Methodist University Arc of Service Luncheon 
I was honored to be asked by SMU to be a part of their Arc Of Service Luncheon honoring our veterans and student-veterans at SMU. It was a wonderful experience to get to honor Mitch Hart, a United States Naval Academy graduate and SMU Trustee Emeritus, and Bill and Raymond Sloan, brothers and SMU alumni who answered the call of duty in World War II and served with honor and distinction. I consider it a privilege to serve the men and women who have served, are currently serving and who will serve our country as members of our armed forces, and will always do all I can on their behalf in Congress. 

Daughters of World War II 8th Annual Veterans Day Luncheon 
Once again I was proud to support my friends at The Daughters of World War II at their 8th Annual Veterans Day Luncheon. I never fail to be amazed by the incredible stories of everyday heroism displayed by the men and women serving our country. Hearing from those who have firsthand knowledge of the events that have shaped our history provides an invaluable service to our future generations, like the Tarrant County Young Marines who were in attendance today. I would like to thank MG John Borling for sharing his singular experience serving our country, as well as theDaughters of World War II for providing WWII and all other veterans a community of shared experience and camaraderie. 

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

2017/11/13

This weekend we pause to pay tribute to our nations veterans and thank them for their service. In honor of the observation of Veteran’s Day today I will be participating in events across the district to say thank you to the brave men and women who protected our great nation. I will be posting updates throughout the day so please follow me on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

House Passed Legislation 
Voting to Protect American Job Creators 
Federal overreach and convoluted, job-killing regulations were the hallmark of the Obama Administration. So it is not a surprise that under their direction unelected bureaucrats at theNational Labor Relations Board injected themselves where they don’t belong – squarely in themiddle of the employer-employee relationship. Their actions blurred the lines of responsibility of joint employers for decisions that specifically impact the day-to-day operations of local businesses. In addition to creating an immense amount of confusion, this misguided decision also jeopardized 1.7 million American jobs. 

Under our unified government, we have made great strides in rolling back onerous Obama-era regulations. While we have more work to do, I proudly supported the Save Local Business ActThis measure is a positive step in the right direction to protect American job creators and prevent future federal overreach. 

Later in the week I supported an additional measure to help our job creators, H.R. 2201, the Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act. Small businesses and startups are the main drivers of our economy and create hundreds of thousands of jobs for hard working Americans across the country. However, these small businesses are forced to comply with the same costly, regulations that apply to large corporations, corporations who have the means to foot the bill unlike these entrepreneurs who are just trying to get enough capital to make their dreams become a reality. Instead of holding back American ingenuity, our laws should encourage the entrepreneurial spirit. I proudly supported today's measure to break through these chains to allow these job creators to access the capital necessary so they can grow their businesses and achieve the American Dream." 

Unleashing the Potential of Hydropower 
Hydropower presents a tremendous opportunity for the United States to generate cleaner, more affordable energy. However, bureaucratic hurdles have held back the potential of this resource. Under current laws, the licensing process for new hydropower development projects can last more than a decade and cost millions of dollars. As a critical component of our all of the above energy strategy, we need to unleash the capability of hydropower by modernizing current infrastructure and building new projects. H.R. 3043, the Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 will streamline the current permitting and licensing process so these projects can get underway.  By putting this issue squarely in FERC’s jurisdiction, we will help expedite these processes so we can produce cleaner energy and drive down energy costs for hard working American families. 

Protecting the Job Corps Program 
One of the best parts about our country is that any one has the ability to achieve anything no matter where they are from or what their background is. It is programs like the Job Corps that continue to make the American Dream possible by creating opportunities for all individuals from all walks of life to succeed. It recently came to my attention that the U.S. Department of Labor made a misguided decision to cut slots to this critical program despite an increase in their funding. To address this, I sent a letter to Secretary Acosta this week asking him to reevaluate their plan. I am pleased to announce that as a result of my letter, the Department reversed course and rescinded their proposal to remove slots. I wholeheartedly applaud the Department of Labor for reversing these damaging cuts and look forward to supporting the success of the Job Corps program. 

Meetings in Washington 
National Physician Health Care Policy Meeting 
Twice a year I am delighted to welcome physicians from the National Physicians Council for Healthcare Policy to discuss important issues facing the medical community. This week we discussed a variety of issues impacting the healthcare community from direct primary care limitations to increasing costs. It was a pleasure to engage so many physicians who wanted to contribute ideas and solutions to improve healthcare in our country.

 
Congressman Sessions talking with physicians from across the country

Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas 
I was delighted to meet with some of the young men from Jesuit College Preparatory School. I talked with them about the importance of character, courageous leadership and acting with integrity. We also had a civil discussion about many of the difficult issues and problems facing our country and about how they as young leaders can work towards positive change in our communities and country. I look forward to watching them continue to grow as leaders in the years to come.

 
Congressman Sessions with young leaders from Jesuit

Fulbright Association 
This week I was pleased to meet with members of the Fulbright Association, including two Fulbright scholar program participants from Poland that are studying at the University of Texas-Dallas. For over 70 years the Fulbright scholar program has been a vital exchange program that helps folks to interact with one another from around the world and promote international cultural and educational exchange. 

 
Congressman Sessions meeting with members of the Fulbright Association

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Sessions Unshackles American Entrepreneurs

2017/11/09

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement after supporting a measure to amend the Securities Act of 1933 to exempt certain micro-offerings from the Act's registration requirements:

"Small businesses and startups are the main drivers of our economy and create hundreds of thousands of jobs for hard working Americans across the country. However, these small businesses are forced to comply with the same costly, regulations that apply to large corporations, corporations who have the means to foot the bill unlike these entrepreneurs who are just trying to get enough capital to make their dreams become a reality. Instead of holding back American ingenuity, our laws should encourage the entrepreneurial spirit. I proudly supported today's measure to break through these chains to allow these job creators to access the capital necessary so they can grow their businesses and achieve the American Dream."

To learn more about H.R. 2201, Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act, click here.
 

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Sessions Votes to Unleash the Potential of Hydropower

2017/11/09

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement applauding passage of a measure to modernize federal regulatory permitting processes by designating the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as the lead agency for licensing hydropower projects:
 
“Hydropower presents a tremendous opportunity for the United States to generate cleaner, more affordable energy. However, bureaucratic hurdles have held back the potential of this resource. Under current laws, the licensing process for new hydropower development projects can last more than a decade and cost millions of dollars. As a critical component of our all of the above energy strategy, we need to unleash the capability of hydropower by modernizing current infrastructure and building new projects. To effectively do this, we have to streamline the current permitting and licensing process so these projects can get underway.  By putting this issue squarely in FERC’s jurisdiction, we will help expedite these processes so we can produce cleaner energy and drive down energy costs for hard working American families.”
 
To learn more about H.R. 3043, Hydropower Policy  Modernization Act of 2017, click here.
 

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Sessions Protects Job Corps Program

2017/11/08

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S Congressman Pete Sessions, Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, joined Co-Chairs of the Job Corps Caucus Congressman Lou Barletta and Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., in addition to 118 Members of Congress in sending a letter to the Department of Labor requesting a reevaluation of their proposed cuts to the Job Corps Program. Following submission of the letter, the Department of Labor announced they will be rescinding the slot capacity cuts initially announced on September 29, 2017.

“One of the best parts about our country is that any one has the ability to achieve anything no matter where they are from or what their background is. It is programs like the Job Corps that continue to make the American Dream possible by creating opportunities for all individuals from all walks of life to succeed,” said Congressman Sessions.

“As a firm supporter of this program, I proudly joined my colleagues in increasing funding for the Jobs Corps", said Sessions. “Since we have provided the necessary resources for the program to continue at current levels I was concerned that the Department announced they would reduce the number of students accepted into this program.  I commend the Department of Labor for reversing these damaging cuts and look forward to supporting the success of the Job Corps program.”

“For over fifty years Job Corps has empowered its participants to become productive members of society,” said Congressman Bishop. “The program enables its students to reach their goals, achieve their educational aspirations, and learn a trade. This program has substantial and bipartisan support in Congress due to its positive impacts across the nation. I applaud the U.S. Department of Labor’s decision to reverse its proposed cuts to Job Corps. This decision will allow students to continue to gain valuable career and social skills that will serve them well throughout their lives.”

"Job Corps is one of the most important programs we have to encourage America’s young adults to succeed and learn the value of civic duty,” Barletta said. “I am very pleased the DOL now understands the importance of this program.” 

“When I was a mayor, I met the students from the Keystone Job Corps Center and witnessed the work they did for our community.  They helped to build the sidewalks around City Hall and designed the trash receptacles during the downtown beautification project.  I’ve also had numerous Job Corps students intern in my Hazleton district office.  Job Corps allows young adults to get involved in our community, which benefits everyone.  For 50 years the program has empowered the youth of America.”

To read the full letter to Secretary Acosta, click here

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Sessions Votes to Protect American Job Creators

2017/11/08

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 message to clarify the definition of a joint employer:
 
“Federal overreach and convoluted, job-killing regulations were the hallmark of the Obama Administration. So it is not a surprise that under their direction unelected bureaucrats at the National Labor Relations Board injected themselves where they don’t belong – squarely in the middle of the employer-employee relationship. Their actions blurred the lines of responsibility of joint employers for decisions that specifically impact the day-to-day operations of local businesses. In addition to creating an immense amount of confusion, this misguided decision also jeopardized 1.7 million American jobs.
 
“Under our unified government, we have made great strides in rolling back onerous Obama-era regulations. While we have more work to do, today’s bill is a positive step in the right direction to protect American job creators and prevent future federal overreach."

 
To learn more about H.R. 3441, Save Local Business Act, click here.
 

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The Hill Report: Week of October 30 - November 3, 2017

2017/11/06

Yesterday Chairman Kevin Brady of the Ways and Means Committee introduced HR 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which represented the first public unveiling of legislation that could lead to tax reform this Congress.   According to the Wall Street Journal, this bill “is, on net, about a $1.5 trillion tax cut over a decade” or, put another way cuts “$5.6 trillion in tax cuts and about $4.2 trillion in offsetting revenue-raising tax increases.”  Altogether, “about $500 billion of the tax cuts go to individuals and $1 trillion goes to businesses, including pass-through firms.”  In all, Speaker Ryan is claiming thatthe typical, middle-income American family will save $1,182 per year on their taxes. 

I believe that without question this tax package will lead to a stimulated economy that will create more jobs, make American businesses competitive n the global market, and help hard working families keep more of their paycheck. As my colleagues continue to review this measure during their markup next week I look forward to working with them to pass this critical tax reform package.

To learn more about the tax package here are some documents that explain what the package does and how it impacts American families.

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act Policy Information

What this means for your family

House Passed Legislation 
Reauthorizing CHIP 
Our nation has a history of helping and caring for the most vulnerable in our society and today’s legislation is no exception. In 2015, more than 8.4 million children across the country received their health insurance through a CHIP program and in Texas alone it helps more than 400,000 children. I proudly joined my colleagues in reauthorizing the CHIP program and ensuring community health centers across the country receive the funding they need to continue to serve our communities. This package will provide critical care to those who need it most without adding to our federal deficit. While I wish my friends on the other side of the aisle would’ve worked with us to get this done before the authorization expired, I am pleased that we responsibly acted before any of the funds for these programs were in jeopardy for running out.

Protecting our Nation’s Forests 
As an avid outdoorsman and Eagle Scout, some of my fondest memories are of my father and I climbing the highest peaks in our national parks  and later leading my sons on hikes through our beautiful national forests. It is devastating to see that the places we used to love to enjoy as a family have been greatly impacted by wildfires.  Last year alone, a total of 4,312 structures were destroyed by wildfires, including 3,192 homes.  Each year these fires grow larger, put more lives in danger, and cause more harm to our environment.

We cannot continue to let our nation's beautiful landscape suffer because of poor forest management programs.  I proudly supported the Resilient Federal Forests Act to make responsible and necessary reforms to these programs so we keep our forests healthy and ensure we can enjoy our natural landscape for generations to come.

Repealing IPAB to Protect Our Nation’s Seniors 
The Independent Payment Advisory Board is yet another example of Obamacare putting bureaucratic interests over the well-being of Americans. With its unprecedented power, this board has the ability to make cuts to Medicare with no oversight, transparency, or safeguards for accountability. We cannot allow the health care of our nation's seniors to be jeopardized by a group of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats.  I proudly joined my colleagues in supporting H.R. 849,the Protecting seniors Access to Medicare Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill to protect American seniors.

Veterans Benefits Affair

Free Veterans Benefits Fair 
for Veterans, Military Members and Their Families

 
November 4, 2017 
10 am - 1 pm 
Come and Go

Fort Worth VA Outpatient Clinic 
2201 SE Loop 820 
Fort Worth, TX 76119

 

TEXAS VETERANS LAND BOARD: Home Loans, Land Loans, Home Improvement Loans, State Veterans Homes and State Veterans Cemeteries.

TEXAS VETERANS COMMISSION: Counselors to assist with disability and pension claims, employment services and educational benefits.

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: Programs and services for VA health care, VA benefits and burial in a national cemetery.

For more information, contact Jim Mickler at 512-417-3757 or jim.mickler@glo.texas.gov

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Sessions Applauds Passage of CHIP Reauthorization

2017/11/03

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 package to reauthorize CHIP for five years and provide much needed funding for community health centers:
 
"Our nation has a history of helping and caring for the most vulnerable in our society and today’s legislation is no exception. In 2015, more than 8.4 million children across the country received their health insurance through a CHIP program and in Texas alone it helps more than 400,000 children. I proudly joined my colleagues in reauthorizing the CHIP program and ensuring community health centers across the country receive the funding they need to continue to serve our communities. This package will provide critical care to those who need it most without adding to our federal deficit. While I wish my friends on the other side of the aisle would’ve worked with us to get this done before the authorization expired, I am pleased that we responsibly acted before any of the funds for these programs were in jeopardy for running out."

To learn more about H.R. 3922, Community Health and Medical Professionals Improve Our Nation Act of 2017, click here

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Congressman Sessions manages the rule for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

2017-11-17 19:12:20


Congressman Sessions discussing his support for fraternities

2017-11-08 14:23:58


Congressman Sessions with fellow Eagle Scout, George O'Reilly

2017-11-07 15:33:27


Congressman Sessions testifies on the importance of Down syndrome research

2017-10-25 16:52:28


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


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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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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