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Rep. Kenny Marchant (R)

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Phone: 202-225-6605

Address: 1110 LHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (972) 556-0162

Address: 9901 East Valley Ranch Parkway, Irving TX 75063-7186

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Kenny Marchant Biography
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  • Elected: 2004, 5th term.
  • District: Texas 24
  • Born: Feb. 23, 1951, Bonham
  • Home: Coppell
  • Education:

    S. Nazarene U., B.A. 1973, attended Nazarene Theol. Sem. 1975-76

  • Professional Career:

    Homebuilder, developer, 1975-2004.

  • Political Career:

    Carrollton City Cncl., 1980-84; Mayor, 1984-86; TX House, 1986-2004.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Nazarene

  • Family: Married (Donna); 4 children

Republican Kenny Marchant, elected in 2004, has a prized seat on the Ways and Means Committee, a reward for his loyalty to the GOP agenda. Mild-mannered and deeply religious, he does not have the sharp rhetorical edge of other hard-right conservatives. Read More

Republican Kenny Marchant, elected in 2004, has a prized seat on the Ways and Means Committee, a reward for his loyalty to the GOP agenda. Mild-mannered and deeply religious, he does not have the sharp rhetorical edge of other hard-right conservatives.

Marchant graduated from Southern Nazarene University and became a local homebuilder and successful developer. He had an average estimated net worth of $23.3 million in 2011, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Marchant served a quarter-century in elected offices before running for Congress, including stints on the Carrollton City Council, as Carrollton mayor, and then in the state House. (His son, Matthew, became Carrollton’s mayor in 2011.) He also has been active in humanitarian projects around the world; the Ken Marchant Foundation funds church loans, mission projects, and scholarships.

In contrast to other upwardly mobile Republicans in the state House, he enjoyed a reputation on both sides of the aisle as a levelheaded peacemaker. Despite serving in some of the legislature’s most partisan leadership posts, Marchant refrained from engaging in the acrimonious battles all around him. Marchant had been chairman and floor leader of the Texas House Republican caucus and served on the House Redistricting Committee during the bitter 2003 redistricting battle.

Unsurprisingly, the redistricting plan couldn’t have been more favorable to him. The new 24th District was heavily Republican and inhospitable to incumbent Rep. Martin Frost, an effective partisan who was targeted by then-Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas, the mastermind behind the redistricting effort. Frost opted to run in the new 32nd District in Dallas County and lost. Meanwhile, Marchant thrived in the newly drawn 24th, which incorporated nearly his entire state legislative district. In the primary, he defeated three other candidates with 73% of the vote, and in the general election, he won 64%-34%.

In the House, Marchant has a solidly conservative voting record. He was among the original members of the Tea Party Caucus and a co-sponsor of the so-called “birther” bill in 2009 requiring future presidential candidates to prove U.S. citizenship. “My vision for America is one where government is limited, taxes are low, success is celebrated, and the public sector flourishes,” he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 2012. He developed a fruitful relationship with Republican Speaker John Boehner; he joined the Education and the Workforce Committee that Boehner chaired in 2005 and was one of the few Texans to back Boehner in his bid to become majority leader when Republicans controlled the House in 2006. Though most Ways and Means members serve exclusively on the panel, Boehner permitted him to rejoin Education and the Workforce in 2013.

Marchant in 2011 sponsored a bill to prevent the federal government from subsidizing illegal immigrants’ housing purchases by requiring borrowers to submit to the E-Verify background check program. He joined 50 Texas state lawmakers in February 2013 in calling for the Boy Scouts to keep in place its ban on gay scouts and leaders.

Marchant has had no trouble winning reelection. He drew a spirited GOP primary challenger in 2012 in Grant Stinchfield, a former TV news investigative reporter. He accused Marchant of failing to adequately represent conservatives and chastised him for requesting in an email to a GOP operative that his “grand babies” schools be included in his district as part of post-2010 census redistricting. Stinchfield won the endorsement of the Star-Telegram, which called Marchant “a good argument for term limits” and cited his lack of legislative productivity. Marchant’s campaign noted that Stinchfield lived outside the district and that most of his support came from there. The incumbent won 68%-32% and coasted with 61% in the general election.

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Kenny Marchant Election Results
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2012 General
Kenny Marchant (R)
Votes: 148,586
Percent: 61.02%
Tim Rusk (D)
Votes: 87,645
Percent: 36.0%
John Stathas (Lib)
Votes: 7,258
Percent: 2.98%
2012 Primary
Kenny Marchant (R)
Votes: 27,926
Percent: 67.93%
Grant Stinchfield (R)
Votes: 13,184
Percent: 32.07%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (82%), 2008 (56%), 2006 (60%), 2004 (64%)
Kenny Marchant 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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Economic 3 (L) : 97 (C) 2 (L) : 98 (C) 29 (L) : 71 (C)
Social - (L) : 87 (C) 30 (L) : 70 (C) 46 (L) : 53 (C)
Foreign - (L) : 95 (C) 20 (L) : 73 (C) 40 (L) : 59 (C)
Composite 4.0 (L) : 96.0 (C) 18.5 (L) : 81.5 (C) 38.7 (L) : 61.3 (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
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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
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    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
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    • 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: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • 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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