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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-2401

Address: 131 CHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (979) 830-8497

Address: 2000 South Market Street, Brenham TX 77833-5800

Tomball TX

Phone: (281) 255-8372

Fax: (281) 255-0034

Address: 990 Village Square Drive, Tomball TX 77375-4269

Austin TX

Phone: (512) 473-2357

Fax: (512) 473-0514

Address: 9009 Mountain Ridge Drive, Austin TX 78759-7380

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Michael McCaul Committees
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Michael McCaul Biography
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  • Elected: 2004, 5th term.
  • District: Texas 10
  • Born: Jan. 14, 1962, Dallas
  • Home: Austin
  • Education:

    Trinity U., B.A. 1984, St. Mary's U., J.D. 1987

  • Professional Career:

    Fed. prosecutor, 1990-99; Dep. atty. gen., 1999-2003; Chief, Western Div. of TX., U.S. Attys. Office, 2003-04.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Linda); 5 children

Michael McCaul, a Republican first elected in 2004, is a protégé of Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn. He became chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in 2013 and is among the wealthiest members of Congress. Read More

Michael McCaul, a Republican first elected in 2004, is a protégé of Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn. He became chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in 2013 and is among the wealthiest members of Congress.

McCaul grew up in Dallas, studied business and history at Trinity University, and went to law school at St. Mary’s University, both in San Antonio. He worked as a federal prosecutor and then moved to Austin in 1999 to be a deputy to then-Attorney General Cornyn. In 2002, he joined the U.S. attorney’s office and was chief of the Terrorism and National Security Section for West Texas.

McCaul was one of eight candidates in the Republican primary for the newly created congressional district in 2004. The top Republican contenders were McCaul, mortgage company owner Ben Streusand, and former Judge John Devine. McCaul focused on his anti-terrorism work in the U.S. attorney’s office, calling himself the only candidate who “won’t have a learning curve.” Streusand, based in Harris County, called for less government regulation and opposed the Bush administration’s immigration proposals. Devine, who had refused to remove a Ten Commandments display from his Harris County courtroom, had the support of Christian conservatives and called for a crackdown on illegal immigration. In the primary, Streusand carried seven of the eight counties to finish with 28% of the vote, to 24% for McCaul and 21% for Devine.

In the runoff campaign, McCaul and Streusand agreed on most issues. McCaul criticized Streusand’s past donations to Democratic candidates, while Streusandquestioned McCaul’s service in the Clinton administration Justice Department. McCaul used his connections—his father-in-law is Clear Channel Communications chairman Lowry Mays—to collect major Republican endorsements, including from former President George H.W. Bush, Gov. Rick Perry, and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. McCaul won 63%-37%, carrying every county except one. He faced no major party opposition in the general election. The Center for Responsive Politics in 2011 calculated his average net worth at just over $500 million, edging out second-place Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

In the House, McCaul has a conservative voting record, although he did support requiring insurers to treat mental illness the same as other health conditions in 2008 and allowing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products in 2009. Since his party took control of the House in 2011, however, he has grown more conservative, particularly on fiscal matters. He has repeatedly introduced legislation banning so-called “monuments to me,” landmarks honoring incumbent lawmakers. He worked with Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., to get a bill into law in 2012 encouraging companies to make drugs for rare childhood cancers and other diseases.

When term limits forced New York Republican Peter King to yield the Homeland Security gavel, McCaul had less seniority than other contenders, but told the Houston Chronicle he put his “prosecutor’s hat back on and delivered a closing argument” to colleagues about why he deserved the position. He stressed his desire to avoid such incendiary issues as the high-profile hearings on Islamic extremism that alienated many Democrats and to focus on border security, computer network vulnerabilities, and improving the Homeland Security Department’s management. It helped that he tapped his wealth to donate more than $60,000 to more than four dozen Republicans in the 2012 election season. Taking over as chairman, he blasted a Homeland Security decision in February 2013 to release hundreds of immigrants from around the country for budgetary reasons as “indicative of the department’s weak stance on national security.”

McCaul earned the gratitude of House GOP leaders for leading the protracted 2010 ethics investigation of Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., that culminated in Rangel’s censure by the full House. A former chief counsel and staff director on Ethics accused McCaul and Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Ala., of having had secret conversations with two ex-staffers on the committee about the Rangel investigation and a separate probe involving Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. Such interactions are not permitted under Ethics Committee rules in certain circumstances. Both Bonner and McCaul recused themselves in the Waters case.

McCaul earlier chaired Homeland Security’s Oversight, Investigations & Management Subcommittee. In March 2011, he introduced legislation to have six Mexican drug cartels designated as foreign terrorist organizations, a move that could lead to much stiffer penalties for drug traffickers. Later, he pressed Obama administration officials at a hearing over the lack of a definition of “spill-over violence” from the drug wars in Mexico. McCaul co-sponsored a cyber security bill with Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Ill, that would develop standards for dealing with cyber threats; it passed the House in 2012 but fell victim to partisan squabbling in the Senate.

Until 2010, McCaul’s unimpressive reelection performances suggested he needed to work harder in the GOP district, but he has handily beaten his opponents in recent races.

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Michael McCaul Election Results
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2012 General
Michael McCaul (R)
Votes: 159,783
Percent: 60.52%
Tawana Cadien (D)
Votes: 95,710
Percent: 36.25%
Richard Priest (Lib)
Votes: 8,526
Percent: 3.23%
2012 Primary
Michael McCaul (R)
Votes: 39,543
Percent: 83.77%
Eddie Traylor (R)
Votes: 7,664
Percent: 16.23%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (65%), 2008 (54%), 2006 (55%), 2004 (79%)
Michael McCaul Votes and Bills
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2013 2012 2011
Economic 21 (L) : 77 (C) 14 (L) : 85 (C) 10 (L) : 83 (C)
Social - (L) : 87 (C) 27 (L) : 72 (C) 31 (L) : 65 (C)
Foreign - (L) : 95 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C)
Composite 10.3 (L) : 89.7 (C) 17.8 (L) : 82.2 (C) 19.3 (L) : 80.7 (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
FRC9050
LCV96
CFG7277
ITIC-83
NTU7576
20112012
COC100-
ACLU-0
ACU7695
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: N
    • 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:
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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