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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-3605

Address: 2430 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (432) 687-2390

Address: 6 Desta Drive, Midland TX 79705-5520

San Angelo TX

Phone: (325) 659-4010

Fax: (325) 659-4014

Address: 33 East Twohig Avenue, San Angelo TX 76903-6451

Brownwood TX

Phone: (325) 646-1950

Fax: (325) 646-2979

Address: 501 Center Avenue, Brownwood TX 76801-2809

Llano TX

Phone: (325) 247-2826

Fax: (325) 247-2676

Address: 104 West Sandstone Street, Llano TX 78643-2319

Odessa TX

Phone: (432) 331-9667

Fax: (432) 332-6538

Address: 411 West Eighth Street, Odessa TX 79761-4422

Granbury TX

Phone: (682) 936-2577

Fax: (682) 936-2567

Address: 132 Houston Street, Granbury TX 76048-2139

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Mike Conaway Biography
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  • Elected: 2004, 5th term.
  • District: Texas 11
  • Born: Jun. 11, 1948, Borger
  • Home: Midland
  • Education:

    E. TX St. U., B.B.A. 1970

  • Professional Career:

    Tax mgr., Price Waterhouse & Co., 1972-80; CFO, Keith G. Graham, 1980-81; CFO, Lantern Petroleum Comp., 1981; CFO, Arbusto Energy Inc./Bush Exploration Comp., 1982-84; CFO, Spectrum 7 Energy Corp., 1984-86; CFO, United Bank, 1987-90; Sr. VP, TX Comm. Bank, 1990-92; Owner, K. Michael Conaway, CPA, 1993-2004.

  • Military Career:

    Army, 1970-72.

  • Political Career:

    Midland Schl. Bd., 1985-88.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Baptist

  • Family: Married (Suzanne); 4 children

Mike Conaway, a Republican firstelected in 2004, is a low-profile but well-regarded conservative who has taken on an assortment of chores for his party, including the chairmanship of the House Ethics Committee in 2013. Read More

Mike Conaway, a Republican firstelected in 2004, is a low-profile but well-regarded conservative who has taken on an assortment of chores for his party, including the chairmanship of the House Ethics Committee in 2013.

Conaway grew up in Odessa, playing offensive and defensive line on the Odessa Permian High School team that became the inspiration for the TV show Friday Night Lights. He graduated from East Texas State University, before it became known as Texas A&M. He worked as a certified public accountant for, among others, George W. Bush, and was chief financial officer in Arbusto/Bush Exploration during the 1980s. After Bush became governor, he named Conaway to the state Board of Public Accountancy, and Conaway later chaired the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. In May 2003, he finished second in the all-party special primary election in the old 19th District. In June, he lost by fewerthan 600 votes in a hard-fought runoff with Republican Randy Neugebauer of Lubbock, who later won the seat.

After state Republicans pushed through a new redistricting plan in October 2003, Conaway was the obvious front-runner for the seat in the redrawn 11th District. Democratic Rep. Charles Stenholm, who represented much of the area in the old 17th District, decided to run against Neugebauer in the new 19th. Conaway’s Republican primary opponent was Bill Lester, a political science professor who campaigned against Bush’s proposed guest worker program. Lester called for the militarization of the border with helicopter patrols to stop illegal immigration. Conaway supported increased documentation of people crossing the border. He won 75%- 25%, carrying 33 of the 36 counties. In the general election, he won 77%-22% and has been reelected with ease ever since.

Among Texas’ House Republicans, only Jeb Hensarling had a more conservative voting record than Conaway in the 112th Congress, according to National Journal’s annual rankings. He is known for requiring his staff to read and understand the Constitution. “It’s only 4,500 words—it’s not like reading War and Peace,” he told the Houston Chronicle. He favors state-based regulatory actions over federal ones, arguing that they are far more nimble and responsive. He has been critical of Obama administration efforts to promote renewable energy and sponsored legislation to limit the purchase of biofuels, which compete against his state’s oil and natural gas. He voted against the original $700 billion bailout of the financial services industry in 2008, but voted for the final version after his old friend President Bush called him to urge his support.

House Speaker John Boehner personally asked Conaway to take the chairmanship of the Ethics Committee in 2013, an undesirable posting but one that is often rewarded by the leadership with other opportunities. Conaway said he said he hopes he can enhance Congress’ low stature with the public by conducting investigations thoroughly and fairly. “I have a long history of accepting the responsibilities I have been offered and doing the best I can,” he told The San Angelo Standard-Times in February 2013.

He earlier was on the executive committee of the National Republican Congressional Committee. In 2007, he uncovered an internal fraud scheme by the committee’s longtime treasurer, who had embezzled almost $1 million.

After the GOP won control of the House in 2010, Conaway was named to a 22-member transition team helping his party adjust to its majority status. He also became chairman of the Agriculture Committee’s panel on farm commodities and risk management. He has been willing to counter fellow conservatives who have criticized subsidies for mohair, a fabric yielded from Angora goats. Numerous Angora farmers live in his district.

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Mike Conaway Election Results
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2012 General
Mike Conaway (R)
Votes: 177,742
Percent: 78.64%
Jim Riley (D)
Votes: 41,970
Percent: 18.57%
Scott Ballard (Lib)
Votes: 6,311
Percent: 2.79%
2012 Primary
Mike Conaway (R)
Votes: 48,581
Percent: 70.36%
Chris Younts
Votes: 12,917
Percent: 18.71%
Wade Brown (R)
Votes: 7,547
Percent: 10.93%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (81%), 2008 (88%), 2006 (100%), 2004 (77%)
Mike Conaway Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 13 (L) : 85 (C) 3 (L) : 96 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social 16 (L) : 74 (C) - (L) : 91 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign 24 (L) : 68 (C) - (L) : 91 (C) 16 (L) : 75 (C)
Composite 21.0 (L) : 79.0 (C) 4.2 (L) : 95.8 (C) 11.3 (L) : 88.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC90100
LCV39
CFG7489
ITIC-83
NTU7882
20112012
COC100-
ACLU-0
ACU88100
ADA00
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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