Rep.-elect Daniel Crenshaw (R-Texas-02)
DATE OF BIRTH: March 14, 1984RESIDENCE: HoustonOCCUPATION: Former Navy SEALEDUCATION: B.A., Tufts University; M.A., Harvard Kennedy School of GovernmentFAMILY: Wife, Tara
Retired Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw has served his country all over the world. Now he’ll be representing the district where he grew up in Congress.
A first-time candidate, Crenshaw won election to Texas’s 2nd District after defeating Democrat Todd Litton to replace retiring Rep. Ted PoeLloyd (Ted) Theodore PoeSenate Dem to reintroduce bill with new name after ‘My Little Pony’ confusion Texas New Members 2019 Cook shifts two House GOP seats closer to Dem column MORE (R) in the Houston-area seat.
Crenshaw entered the national spotlight after “Saturday Night Live” comic Pete Davidson joked about the eye patch he wears after suffering a coM.B.A.t injury. The comments led to a swift backlash from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Crenshaw lost his eye after an IED blast in Afghanistan, during his third deployment overseas. Undaunted, he went on to deploy twice more before retiring in 2016 after 10 years as a SEAL. The highly decorated officer was awarded two Bronze Stars, the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor and a Purple Heart.
Rep.-elect Van Taylor (R-Texas-03)
DATE OF BIRTH: Aug. 1, 1972RESIDENCE: Plano, TexasOCCUPATION: State senatorEDUCATION: B.A., M.B.A., Harvard UniversityFAMILY: Wife, Anne; three daughters
Republican Van Taylor sailed to victory over Democrat Lorie Burch in Texas’s 3rd District, in the northeast of the Lone Star state. He’ll be replacing retiring Rep. Sam JohnsonSamuel (Sam) Robert Johnson Retirees should say ‘no thanks’ to Romney’s Social Security plan Lobbying world Social Security is approaching crisis territory MORE (R-Texas), who was first elected to the House in 1990.
Taylor is coming to Congress after eight years in the Texas state legislature. He first won election to the state House in 2010. Among his accomplishments was passing into law legislation that allowed military personnel to vote while serving overseas. Taylor was elected to the state Senate, where he currently serves, in 2014.
Before political life, Taylor served in the Marine Corps and as a captain led missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom, including one to rescue 31 wounded Marines. He was decorated for his service, receiving the CoM.B.A.t Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation and the Navy Commendation Medal.
He has also had a business career and is the vice chairman of Texas Gulf Bancshares.
Rep.-elect Lance Gooden (R-Texas-05)
DATE OF BIRTH: Dec. 1, 1982RESIDENCE: Terrell, TexasOCCUPATION: Lawmaker, businessmanEDUCATION: B.A., B.B.A, University of TexasFAMILY: Wife, Alexa; one son
After 16 years, Texas’s 5th Congressional District will have a new representative. Republican Lance Gooden won the open race to replace retiring Rep. Jeb HensarlingThomas (Jeb) Jeb HensarlingLawmakers battle over future of Ex-Im Bank House passes Ex-Im Bank reboot bill opposed by White House, McConnell Has Congress lost the ability or the will to pass a unanimous bipartisan small business bill? MORE (R) in the conservative district covering parts of suburban Dallas.
Gooden has already represented many of his constituents in Henderson and Kaufman counties as a member of the Texas state House for three terms. Gooden first won elected office to the state House in 2010 but lost his seat in 2014. He eventually came back to retake the seat in 2016.
The race to replace Hensarling brought out a crowded field, with Gooden running against seven other Republicans in the primary. He eventually won the primary in a runoff before defeating Democratic opponent Dan Wood, a lawyer, in the general election.
Adopted at birth, Gooden grew up in Terrell, Texas. His parents were both public school teachers.
He attended the University of Texas and later worked for energy companies as an insurance broker.
Rep.-elect Ron Wright (R-Texas-06)
DATE OF BIRTH: April 8, 1953RESIDENCE: Arlington, TexasOCCUPATION: Tarrant County tax assessor-collectorEDUCATION: Attended University of Texas at ArlingtonFAMILY: Wife, Susan; three children
After a lifetime of public service, Ron Wright is no stranger to the halls of Congress. He served as a district director to retiring Rep. Joe BartonJoe Linus BartonLongtime GOP aide to launch lobbying shop Katie Hill resignation reignites push for federal ‘revenge porn’ law Shimkus says he’s been asked to reconsider retirement MORE (R-Texas) from 2000 to 2009 and was his chief of staff until 2011. Now, Wright will be succeeding him to represent the 6th Congressional District in Texas, keeping the safely Republican seat in GOP hands.
Wright has been a fixture in North Texas politics. He served on the Arlington City Council for eight years starting in 2000 and as the mayor pro tempore for the last four.
After his stint in Barton’s Washington office, Wright was appointed tax assessor-collector for Tarrant County. He was elected to the post twice, in 2012 and 2016.
A sixth-generation resident of Tarrant County, Wright has been active in his community, including as the president of the Arlington Night Shelter and chairman of the Tarrant County Historical Commission. He also wrote a weekly column in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from 1995 to 2000.
Rep.-elect Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (D-Texas-07)
DATE OF BIRTH: Feb. 13, 1975RESIDENCE: HoustonOCCUPATION: AttorneyEDUCATION: B.A., Kenyon College; J.D., William & Mary Law SchoolFAMILY: Husband, Scott; two children
In a stunning upset, Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher knocked off nine-term incumbent Rep. John CulbersonJohn Abney CulbersonGeorge H.W. Bush grandson to enter Texas congressional race Texas GOP rep predicts heavy Democratic presence in state ahead of 2020 Ex-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR MORE (R).
Culberson was seen as vulnerable after his Houston-area district backed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade 2019 political ‘person of the year’: Nancy Pelosi BuzzFeed makes case for Anthony Weiner as most consequential politician of 2010s MORE in the 2016 election.
A Houston native, Fletcher grew up in the district before heading to Ohio to attend Kenyon College, where she was in the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa. She later attended William & Mary Law School.
She returned to Houston to practice law, first at Vinson & Elkins and then later handling complex business litigation cases at Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing. She would go on to become that firm’s first female partner in 2015.
Fletcher’s win came in her first run for elected office, but she has long been active in public service. She was a co-founder of Planned Parenthood Young Leaders and was a volunteer lawyer with Texas Appleseed, a public interest law group.
Rep.-elect Veronica Escobar (D-Texas-16)
DATE OF BIRTH: Sept. 15, 1969RESIDENCE: El Paso, TexasOCCUPATION: JudgeEDUCATION: B.A., University of Texas at El Paso; M.A., New York UniversityFAMILY: Husband, Michael Pleters; two children
Veronica Escobar will become one of the first two Latinas to represent Texas in Congress, as she takes over the seat vacated by retiring Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D), who ran for Senate.
Escobar’s district is a safe Democratic seat that saw a generational transition with O’Rourke’s successful primary challenge against former Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D) in 2012.
As part of a new generation of El Paso politicians, Escobar has been El Paso County judge, a position akin to county executive, since 2011.
She’s also an El Paso native — her father’s side of the family has lived in the region for more than a century, and her mother grew up on both sides of the border.
In her 20s, Escobar taught at a local community college. She jumped into politics as a campaign volunteer in 1996, opposing Reyes, a former Border Patrol sector chief.
During her two terms as county judge, she focused on government transparency and health care.
Rep.-elect Chip Roy (R-Texas-21)
DATE OF BIRTH: Aug. 7, 1972RESIDENCE: Austin, TexasOCCUPATION: Former prosecutorEDUCATION: B.S., M.S., University of Virginia; J.D., University of TexasFAMILY: Wife, Carrah; two children
Chip Roy has been a top aide to some of Texas’s major GOP officials for more than a decade. Now, he’ll join their ranks as a member of Congress, replacing retiring Rep. Lamar SmithLamar Seeligson SmithEx-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR Former GOP Rep. Walters joins energy company Democratic staffer says Wendy Davis will run for Congress MORE (R) in a deep-red district in the heart of the Lone Star State.
Most recently, Roy served as vice president of strategy for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank and advocacy group, after a stint as first assistant attorney general of Texas. Roy was also chief of staff to GOP Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade Sunday shows preview: Senate gears up for impeachment trial after holiday break Biden, Sanders are candidates to beat at end of 2019 MORE and a senior adviser to Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryGod did not elect Trump, people did Is Joe Biden the Democrats’ Mitt Romney of 2020? New Energy secretary cancels Paris trip amid mass strikes against Macron proposal MORE while he was governor of Texas.
Roy touted a staunchly conservative agenda and boasted Cruz’s endorsement in a crowded GOP primary to replace Smith.
He’s pledged his support for building President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS launches airstrikes targeting Iran-backed militia in Iraq, Syria Trade, interest rates top finance fights for 2020 Five health care fights to watch in 2020 MORE’s border wall, cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood, slashing regulations and drastically reducing federal taxes.
Before entering political life, Roy also worked as a federal prosecutor and an investment banking analyst.
Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Texas-27)
DATE OF BIRTH: May 13, 1975RESIDENCE: Victoria, TexasOCCUPATION: LawmakerEDUCATION: B.S., Oral Roberts UniversityFAMILY: Wife, Rosel; three children
Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Texas) was sworn into Congress in July after winning a special election to replace disgraced former Rep. Blake FarentholdRandolph (Blake) Blake FarentholdThe biggest political upsets of the decade Members spar over sexual harassment training deadline Female Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations MORE (R). Now he’s returning after his reelection to Texas’s 27th District on the state’s Gulf Coast.
Cloud came to Washington after serving for seven years as the chairman of the Victoria County Republican Party. He won the 2018 special election with more than 50 percent of the vote and defeated Democratic challenger Eric Holguin in the general.
Cloud, who was born in Baton Rouge, La., graduated with a degree in mass media communications from Oral Roberts University, where he also ran track and cross country. He’s lived in Victoria, Texas, for the past two decades. Outside of politics, he was the marketing director of his church, Faith Family Church, and launched his own communications firm, Bright Idea Media.
The Texas Republican is a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
Rep.-elect Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas-29)
DATE OF BIRTH: Sept. 6, 1950RESIDENCE: HoustonOCCUPATION: State senatorEDUCATION: B.A., Texas Woman’s University; J.D., Texas Southern UniversityFAMILY: Single
Sylvia Garcia is joining the House as one of the first two Latinas elected to represent Texas in the chamber.
She is replacing retiring Rep. Gene GreenRaymond (Gene) Eugene GreenTexas New Members 2019 Two Democrats become first Texas Latinas to serve in Congress Latina Leaders to Watch 2018 MORE (D-Texas) in the safely Democratic 29th District that covers Houston and the surrounding areas.
Garcia easily won the Democratic nomination and the general election in the 77 percent Hispanic district.
The eighth of 10 children, Garcia grew up in the south Texas farming community of Palito Blanco and attended college on a scholarship.
She was a social worker before going to law school and then working as director and presiding judge of the Houston Municipal System under two mayors.
Garcia entered electoral politics first as Houston city controller, the second-highest position in the city, and then as an elected member of the Harris County Commissioner’s Court.
In 2013, Garcia won a special election to become the third Latina elected to the Texas state Senate.
Rep.-elect Colin Allred (D-Texas-32)
DATE OF BIRTH: April 15, 1983RESIDENCE: DallasOCCUPATION: Civil rights attorneyEDUCATION: B.A., Baylor University; J.D., University of California, BerkeleyFAMILY: Wife, Alexandra Eber
Colin Allred, an attorney and former professional football player, made an impressive political debut, taking down a powerful Republican chairman to represent Texas’s 32nd District in Congress.
Allred defeated longtime Rep. Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsGiuliani held phone call with Maduro amid Venezuela crisis Texas GOP rep predicts heavy Democratic presence in state ahead of 2020 Bottom Line MORE (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Rules Committee and former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Sessions served in Congress for more than two decades.
Allred flipped a traditionally red seat that was narrowly won by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.
After playing as an NFL linebacker on the Tennessee Titans from 2006 to 2010, Allred went back to school to get his law degree. He’s worked as a civil rights attorney on voting rights issues and as a former Department of Housing and Urban Development lawyer.
Allred was born and raised in Dallas.
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