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Kevin Brady is a pro-family, pro-small business conservative representing the 8th District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kevin is Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee - - considered by many to be the most powerful committee in Congress with jurisdiction over taxes, health care, Social Security, Medicare, international trade and welfare.

A champion of free enterprise and American-made energy, Kevin’s focus is creating jobs, reducing Washington spending and sunsetting obsolete federal agencies.

Kevin previously served as chairman of the influential Health Subcommittee for the House Ways and Means Committee. As chairman, he focused on ensuring a strong, free market in the nation's health care industry and look for ways to increase the quality of health care, while keeping costs low.

And as the former Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, Kevin is a GOP leader.

Until 2013, Kevin was the leader of the Trade Subcommittee and led the successful effort to pass new sales agreements with Panama, South Korea and Colombia – and he served as the White House point man on the successful passage of the Central American Free Trade Agreement. On the Social Security Subcommittee, Kevin fought to preserve this important program for future generations once and for all.

Prior to his election to Congress, Kevin worked as a chamber of commerce executive for 18 years and served six years in the Texas House of Representatives where he was named one of the Ten Best Legislators for Families & Children. In 1994 he was named one of Five Outstanding Young Texans.

In order to stay close to the people he represents, Kevin never moved to Washington. He lives in Montgomery County with his wife Cathy and his two sons Will (18) and Sean (15) – and has logged nearly two million miles commuting to Congress each week.

Kevin is an original Hometown Hero of The Woodlands, a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary and a Distinguished Alumni of the University of South Dakota. He and his family attend Saints Simons and Jude Catholic Church.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Congressman Brady's major legislative accomplishments include:
  • Restoring the federal sales tax deduction which saves Texas taxpayers over $1 billion a year.
  • Passing new trade agreements that have created new sales and thousands of new jobs for Texas workers in manufacturing, agriculture and technology.
  • Passing the Teacher Liability Protection Act to protect teachers against frivolous lawsuits when they maintain order and discipline in the classroom.
  • In the wake of 9-11, establishing a national network of university homeland security research centers to prevent and respond to future terrorist attacks, including the center at Texas A & M.
  • Championing the Federal Sunset Act which forces agencies and programs to regularly prove their value to taxpayers or face elimination.
  • Authoring the MAP Act which President Reagan's former budget director lauded for its "smart spending caps and innovative guardrails."
  • Helping create the Texas Institute of Genomic Research, a cutting-edge research center that will accelerate new medical discoveries and create 5,000 new Texas jobs.
  • Spearheading House efforts on Hurricane recovery in the wake of Rita and Ike.

AWARDS

In Congress, Kevin has been repeatedly named Hero-of-the-Taxpayers, Small Business Champion and Super-Friend of the Seniors. He has received the Golden Bulldog Award by Watchdogs of the Treasury, special recognition by Citizens Against Government Waste, and is a perennial winner of the Guardian of Small Business, Taxpayer Hero and Spirit of Enterprise awards.

Kevin has been honored as Outstanding Texas Political Leader-of-the-Year and Deep East Texas Legislator-of-the-Year and was recently named as having one of the Top Five Spending Cut Agendas on Capitol Hill.

The 8th District

Marc Allison Veasey (born January 3, 1971) is an American politician from Fort Worth, Texas. Veasey is currently the United States Representative for Texas's 33rd congressional district, winning the office in November 2012. Previously he was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 2005 to 2013, where he served as Chair Pro Tempore of the House Democratic Caucus. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Veasey was born on January 3, 1971[1] to Connie and Joseph Veasey. With his parents and brother, Ryan, Veasey and his family lived in numerous rental houses in the Stop Six neighborhood of Fort Worth, Texas. When he was ten years old, his parents divorced, and Marc, Ryan and their mother moved in with their maternal grandmother in the Como neighborhood of Fort Worth.[2]

Veasey attended Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas.[3] He graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a bachelor of science degree in mass communications.[2][4]

Veasey worked as a substitute teacher and sportswriter, as well as writing scripts for an advertising agency. One summer, he volunteered for United States Representative Martin Frost, and was hired as a field representative.[2] Veasey worked for Frost for five years.[5][6]

Texas House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

As a result of the 2003 Texas redistricting, Frost lost his reelection effort in 2004 to Pete Sessions. In the 2004 elections, Veasey challenged Democratic State Representative Glenn Lewis for Texas's 95th House district.[5] He defeated the incumbent 54%-46% in the Democratic primary.[7] He won the general election unopposed. He was re-elected in 2006 (91%), 2008 (96%), and 2010 (100%).[2][8]

Tenure[edit]

Veasey represented Texas House District 95 from 2005 to 2013.[9] He was the Chair Pro Tempore of the House Democratic Caucus.[10] He has sponsored measures to create career and technology training in high schools. He authored HB 62 which honored Tim Cole, a Texas Tech University student wrongly convicted of raping a fellow student in 1985. Marc also authored a bill requiring a study to lead to greater enforcement of the James Byrd Jr.hate crime bill.[11]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Elections Committee
  • Environmental Regulation Committee
  • Pensions, Investments, and Financial Services Committee
  • Redistricting Committee
  • Voter Identification & Voter Fraud Select Committee (Vice Chair)[12]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2012 election[edit]

Veasey declared his candidacy for Texas's 33rd congressional district, a new congressional district for the United States House of Representatives that was created by reapportionment following the 2010 United States census. The district is based in Tarrant and Dallas counties.[13] It is a heavily Democratic district: the Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI) was D+14. The district is also highly diverse: 66% Hispanic and 17% African American.[14]

Eleven candidates filed to run in the Democratic primary. Veasey finished first, but failed to reach the 50% threshold needed to win the primary outright. He received 37% of the vote. State Representative Domingo García ranked second with 25% of the vote, qualifying for the run-off election. Veasey won Tarrant with 49% of the vote, while Garcia won Dallas with 44% of the vote.[15] In the run-off primary election, Veasey defeated Garcia 53%-47%. He carried Tarrant with a 68% of the vote, as opposed to Garcia's 70% in Dallas.[16] In the general election, he defeated Republican Chuck Bradley 73%-26%. He won Tarrant with 78% of the vote and Dallas with 66% of the vote.[17][18] Veasey is the first African American representative elected from Tarrant County.[19]

2014 election[edit]

Main article: United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2014 § District 33

Veasey won re-nomination in the March 4 primary election by defeating Tom Sanchez, 13,285 votes (73.5 percent) to 4,797 (26.5 percent).[20] He faced no Republican opponent in the general election but Jason Reeves qualified for the ballot as a Libertarian.[21]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Veasey is married to Tonya Jackson, a former Texas Senate aide.[24] The couple have a son, named Adam Clayton.[25] Veasey's uncle, Robert James English, was a television reporter and worked for Jim Wright, the former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

Election results
YearOfficeElectionSubjectPartyVotes%OpponentPartyVotes%OpponentPartyVotes%
2004State RepresentativePrimaryMarc VeaseyDemocratic4,88054.29%Glenn Lewis (i)Democratic4,10945.71%
2004State RepresentativeGeneralMarc VeaseyDemocratic33,769100.00%
2006State RepresentativeGeneralMarc Veasey (i)Democratic18,25990.53%John Paul RobinsonLibertarian1,9099.47%
2008State RepresentativeGeneralMarc Veasey (i)Democratic39,15095.52%Hy SiegelLibertarian1,8384.48%
2010State RepresentativeGeneralMarc Veasey (i)Democratic19,835100.00%
2012U.S. RepresentativePrimaryMarc VeaseyDemocratic6,93836.77%Domingo GarciaDemocratic4,71524.99%Kathleen HicksDemocratic2,37212.57%
David AlameelDemocratic2,06410.94%Manuel ValdezDemocratic8844.69%
Steve SalazarDemocratic4822.56%Chrysta CastanedaDemocratic3952.09%
Jason E. RobertsDemocratic3421.81%Carlos QuintanillaDemocratic2861.52%
Kyev P. Tatum, Sr.Democratic2011.07%J. R. MolinaDemocratic1891.00%
2012U.S. RepresentativePrimary RunoffMarc VeaseyDemocratic10,76652.73%Domingo GarciaDemocratic9,65347.27%
2012U.S. RepresentativeGeneralMarc VeaseyDemocratic85,11472.51%Chuck BradleyRepublican30,25225.77%Ed LindsayGreen2,0091.71%
2014U.S. RepresentativePrimaryMarc Veasey (i)Democratic13,29273.48%Tom SanchezDemocratic4,79826.52%
2014U.S. RepresentativeGeneralMarc Veasey (i)Democratic43,76986.51%Jason ReevesLibertarian6,82313.49%
2016U.S. RepresentativePrimaryMarc Veasey (i)Democratic20,52663.41%Carlos QuintanillaDemocratic11,84636.59%
2016U.S. RepresentativeGeneralMarc Veasey (i)Democratic93,14773.71%M. Mark MitchellRepublican33,22226.29%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^"State Rep. Marc Veasey". texastribune.org. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ abcdeTinsley, Anna M. (July 22, 2012). "Marc Veasey hopes his years in politics will help open a new chapter | Local Elections |". Star-telegram.com. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  3. ^"Marc Veasey: Leader and Candidate for District 33 - Metropolitan - Daily Campus - Southern Methodist University". Smudailycampus.com. October 30, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  4. ^"Star Telegram: Search Results". December 14, 2008. 
  5. ^ abMosier, Jeff (March 10, 2004). "Archives | The Dallas Morning News, dallasnews.com". Nl.newsbank.com. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  6. ^"Star Telegram: Search Results". January 3, 2004. 
  7. ^"Our Campaigns - TX State House 095 - D Primary Race - Mar 09, 2004". 
  8. ^"Our Campaigns - Candidate - Marc Veasey". 
  9. ^"Star Telegram: Search Results". March 14, 2004. 
  10. ^"U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey". 
  11. ^"ABOUT MARC - Marc Veasey". 
  12. ^"Marc Veasey". 
  13. ^http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/fyiwebdocs/PDF/congress/dist33/m1.pdf
  14. ^ftp://ftpgis1.tlc.state.tx.us/DistrictViewer/Congress/PlanC235r100.pdf
  15. ^"Our Campaigns - TX District 33 - D Primary Race - May 29, 2012". 
  16. ^"Our Campaigns - TX District 33 - D Runoff Race - Jul 31, 2012". 
  17. ^"Our Campaigns - TX District 33 Race - Nov 06, 2012". 
  18. ^Tinsley, Anna M. (August 28, 2010). "Marc Veasey, Roger Williams set to join North Texas congressional delegation | Elections &". Star-telegram.com. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  19. ^Tinsley, Anna M. (August 28, 2010). "Fort Worth's Veasey wins runoff for U.S. House seat | Elections & Politics | News from F". Star-telegram.com. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  20. ^"Democratic primary election returns". team1.sos.state.tx.us. Archived from the original on March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  21. ^Young, Stephen (July 10, 2014). "Meet Jason Reeves, the Guy Guaranteed to Finish at Least Second to Marc Veasey". Unfair Park. Dallas Observer. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  22. ^"Membership". Congressional Black Caucus. Retrieved 7 March 2018. 
  23. ^"Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Retrieved 13 March 2018. 
  24. ^"Star Telegram: Search Results". December 12, 2004. 
  25. ^"The Graham Leader". The Graham Leader. March 20, 2009. Retrieved November 8, 2012. [permanent dead link]

External links[edit]

Veasey's official freshman portrait

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