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.