Election: Defeated Nick Lampson, D, to succeed Rep. Ron Paul, R, who retired
Born: July 2, 1953; Houston, Texas
Family: Wife, Brenda Weber; three children
Education: Alvin Community College, attended 1971-74; U. of Houston, Clear Lake, B.S. 1977 (public affairs)
Career: Air conditioning and heating company owner; recreational vehicle company clerk
Political highlights: Pearland City Council, 1990-96; sought Republican nomination for Brazoria County Comissioners Court, 1996; candidate for Texas House (special election), 2007; Texas House, 2009-present
Randy Weber, R-Texas (14th District)
Weber ran to succeed libertarian icon Ron Paul as a down-the-line conservative and has the legislative record to support his campaign promises.
Since being elected to the Texas House in 2008, Weber has won numerous awards from conservative groups, including the Texas Conservative Coalition, which rated him the most conservative representative in his first session and seventh most conservative in its latest scorecard.
He signed the groupís "Pledge With Texans," promising to support a balanced-budget amendment to the Texas Constitution, tax cuts and voter identification laws and to oppose illegal immigration. Lawmakers signing the pledge also agree not to seek federal funding for new programs.
Weber says he will continue to support similar policies on Capitol Hill, promising to work for federal spending reductions and tax cuts while opposing new regulations.
He also supports "traditional marriage," will defend "statesí rights," and will fight efforts to erode gun ownership rights.
Weber also made his family and his life as a Christian centerpieces of his campaign; he is a deacon at his church and has been married for 35 years.
While in the Texas Legislature, he was the author of a law fighting human trafficking. He has pushed for more domestic energy production and energy independence, keys to the economic well-being of the 14th District, where petrochemicals dominate the local economy.
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