Education: San Jacinto College, attended 1985-86; U. of Houston, Clear Lake, B.S. 1990
Career: Youth political activism organization director; computer salesman
Political highlights: Sought Republican nomination for U.S. House, 1990; Republican nominee for U.S. House, 1992; U.S. House, 1995-97; defeated for re-election to U.S. House, 1996; sought Republican nomination for Texas Railroad Commission, 1998; candidate for U.S. House (special election), 2006
Steve Stockman, R-Texas (36th District)
This will be Steve Stockmans second go-round in the House, having served in the 104th Congress. He will continue to push a conservative agenda of limited government and personal liberty.
To think that someone anyone can wipe away your right to a trial, your right to your firearms, your right to free speech, or any other right by decree is anathema to freedom, he says on his campaign website. Ill stand up to the EPA, the FDA, even the PTA, to defend them to my last breath.
Religion has been an important factor in his career. During his 1994 campaign, Stockman, a born-again Christian, created Mobilizing Morality in America conferences across his district with the late Rev. Jerry Falwell and other conservative and Christian leaders. He also established Citizen Sundays, which promoted early voting after church.
Stockman won his first term by defeating Democrat Jack Brooks, a protégé of President Lyndon Johnson. As a freshman, he won enactment of a measure authorizing the use of the Capitol grounds for the Washington for Jesus 1996 prayer rally.
Among the other bills and resolutions Stockman sponsored during the 104th were proposals for a constitutional amendment to block the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants from being granted automatic citizenship, a measure to define human life as beginning at conception, and a bill to eliminate background checks, waiting periods and registration requirements for firearms.
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Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.