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Washington, DC
06.03.05
Politics and Economy:
Congressman Tom DeLay and TRMPAC
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UPDATE: In March 2003, Texans for Public Justice (TPJ) filed a complaint with Travis County District Attorney Ronald Earle, asking his office to investigate apparent Texas Election Code violations by Texans for a Republican Majority (TRMPAC) for illegal use of corporate donations to get candidates elected to state office. Read TPJ's complaint letter to Earle.

Texas District Judge Joseph Hart ruled ON May 28, 2005, that the treasurer of Texans for a Republican Majority (TRMPAC), organized by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, violated the state's election law by failing to report $684,507 in contributions from corporations and other donors in 2002. The decision upholds a complaint by Democrats about the way DeLay and his advisers financed a 2002 political victory in Texas which allowed DeLay's allies in the state Legislature to redraw congressional districts and elect four additional Republicans to the U.S. House in 2004.

The decision did not mention DeLay, who maintains the decision does not effect him. Separate criminal charges, including indictments of three political associates of DeLay and four of the corporations that provided contributions, are pending in another Texas court.

Learn more about Tom DeLay from his official Web site or read an abbreviated version of his biography below.


Biography

Tom DeLay serves as House Majority Leader in Congress. His responsibilities include developing the issues and policies that form the Republican agenda, determining the legislative schedule in Congress by selecting which bills the House will consider and the timing of their consideration, and coordinating the work performed by House committees.

A native Texan, Tom DeLay was born in Laredo on April 8, 1947. During his childhood, the DeLay family lived in South America for a number of years. His father's career in the oil and gas industry required several job postings to Venezuela's rural interior and the DeLay family made their home in small towns near the oil fields.

After starting his education at Baylor University, DeLay graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Biology in 1970. Shortly afterwards, DeLay opened and operated a small business in Houston.

During a Fort Bend County Republican Committee meeting in 1978, a party official suggested that DeLay run for an open Texas State House seat; DeLay won that election. After serving in Austin for six years, he succeeded in becoming the first Republican Fort Bend County ever elected to the United States Congress.

Over the course of his congressional career, DeLay has consistently supported "limited, constitutional government, peace through strength, and lower taxes, while respecting the sanctity of life."

Since 1984, DeLay has represented the 22nd District of Texas, which includes Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Harris Counties.


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