Career: Real estate broker; congressional district aide; news assistant; teacher
Political highlights: Texas House, 2005-present
Marc Veasey, D Texas-33
Efforts to increase access to education highlight Veaseys economic agenda.
The one-time substitute teacher wants to push legislation to help ensure that students have the tools to find success in the workplace. With education being "the key to everything," as he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, he is likely to pursue a seat on the Education and the Workforce Committee.
Veaseys background on technology policy could make him a candidate for the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, but the Science, Space and Technology Committee might be more likely for a freshman.
With the Hispanic population in Texas continuing to grow, immigration will be a major issue for Veasey. He supports legislation to allow illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children to stay in the country if they attend college or join the military.
He has pledged to fight to preserve the current benefit structure of Medicare and Medicaid, and he is likely to be a reliable Democratic vote on budget matters.
Veasey has more familiarity with congressional affairs than many other newcomers, having worked as a field representative for former Rep. Martin Frost, another Texas Democrat.
"I take teamwork very seriously," Veasey told the Star-Telegram. "I always work hard to not be a divisive person. I want people to feel Im a truth teller and they can talk to me and it wont go any further."
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