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Rep. Ted Poe (R)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-6565

Address: 2412 RHOB, DC 20515

Websites: poe.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (281) 446-0242

Address: 710 N. Post Oak Road, Houston TX 77024-3858

Kingwood TX

Phone: (281) 446-0242

Fax: (281) 446-0252

Address: 1801 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood TX 77339-3058

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Ted Poe Committees
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Ted Poe Biography
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  • Elected: 2004, 5th term.
  • District: Texas 2
  • Born: Sep. 10, 1948, Temple
  • Home: Humble
  • Education:

    Abilene Christian U., B.A. 1970, U. of Houston, J.D. 1973

  • Professional Career:

    Asst. dist. atty., 1973-81.

  • Military Career:

    Air Force Reserve, 1970-76.

  • Political Career:

    Harris Cnty. judge, 1981-2003.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Church of Christ

  • Family: Married (Carol); 4 children

Ted Poe, a Republican first elected in 2004, is best known for his loquaciousness on the House floor. But in early 2013, he became chairman of the all-GOP House Immigration Reform Caucus, making him an interesting lawmaker to watch as his party’s conservative wing wrestles with the issue. Read More

Ted Poe, a Republican first elected in 2004, is best known for his loquaciousness on the House floor. But in early 2013, he became chairman of the all-GOP House Immigration Reform Caucus, making him an interesting lawmaker to watch as his party’s conservative wing wrestles with the issue.

A sixth-generation Texan, Poe got a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University and enlisted in the Air Force Reserve. He received his law degree from the University of Houston and became a prosecutor in Harris County where, he boasts, he never lost a jury trial. Poe then became a district court judge in the county, becoming a judicial celebrity during his 22 years on the bench for meting out humiliating “Poe-tic justice” punishments to criminals. He required murderers to hang pictures of their victims in their prison cells and ordered drunken drivers and shoplifters to stand at the entrances to taverns and stores carrying signs publicizing their offenses. He also gained national recognition as a legal commentator on national television.

In 2003, Poe stepped down as a judge to run for Congress. In a six-candidate Republican primary, his high name recognition and bench experience earned him 61% of the vote and the right to challenge Democratic Rep. Nick Lampson. The incumbent was running in largely unfamiliar territory due to the 2003 Republican-engineered redistricting of congressional boundaries in the state. Lampson had a moderate voting record, a low-key style, and was a big booster of NASA. At first, it was not clear whether Poe would be able to capitalize on the favorable redistricting. National Republicans fretted about his fundraising and his seemingly complacent campaign. Lampson outspent Poe nearly 2-to-1. But on Election Day, the new district’s solid Republican bent was decisive. Lampson led 68%-31% in Jefferson County, the area he had previously represented and where 36% of votes were cast. But Poe won 70%-28% in Harris County, where 58% of the votes were cast. Overall, Poe won 56%-43%. He has not been seriously challenged for reelection.

In the House, Poe began with a relatively moderate voting record for a Republican from Texas, but has become a more loyal party vote since President Barack Obama took office. He joined fellow Texas Republicans John Carter and Joe Barton in amending a House-passed spending bill in 2011 to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. A month earlier, he refused to support the tax-cut deal that Obama made with Republicans, saying it did not go far enough in reducing spending. For the same reason, he opposed a compromise that Republicans struck with Obama on the fiscal 2011 budget and the January 2013 tax and spending deal to avert a so-called “fiscal cliff.”

One of Poe’s causes is the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, designed to bring oil from Canada to Texas refineries; he introduced a bill in 2012 to put the decision in the hands of Congress instead of the White House. He also has been a frequent critic of Pakistan and in 2013 became chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee’s panel on terrorism, nonproliferation, and trade, giving him a megaphone for his view that the country has done too little to help the U.S. in the war on terror.

Poe has been a leader of the Immigration Reform Caucus, where he has sought tighter enforcement at the border with Mexico. He successfully amended spending bills in both 2011 and 2012 to add $10 million each year for fencing and border infrastructure, but failed in 2011 to add $100 million for more detention beds for immigrants facing deportation. He introduced a bill in 2010 requiring the Pentagon to make National Guard troops available to states on request for border duty. He successfully lobbied President George W. Bush to commute the prison terms of two border agents who were convicted for wounding a drug smuggler.

Poe takes a keen interest in victim’s rights causes, something he said stems partly from his maternal grandfather’s death at the hands of a drunk driver. In February 2013, he and Blake Farenthold were the only two Texas Republicans to join Democrats in supporting the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

He is perhaps best known to the C-SPAN audience of government junkies. In the 111th Congress (2009-10), according to C-SPAN, Poe spoke on 234 of the 317 days that the chamber was in session—far ahead of second-place finisher Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas. “The people of Southeast Texas can’t come up here and do it, so I speak for them,” he told The Chronicle. Poe typically ends speeches on the House floor with his trademark, “And that’s just the way it is.” But he has drawn negative attention for some of his remarks, such as his assertion in February 2011 that the U.S. was giving foreign aid to anti-American dictator Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, which the fact-checking website PolitiFact found to be false.

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Ted Poe Election Results
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2012 General
Ted Poe (R)
Votes: 159,664
Percent: 64.82%
Jim Dougherty (D)
Votes: 80,512
Percent: 32.68%
2012 Primary
Ted Poe (R)
Votes: 39,336
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (89%), 2008 (89%), 2006 (66%), 2004 (56%)
Ted Poe 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 28 (L) : 72 (C) 13 (L) : 86 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social 41 (L) : 58 (C) 44 (L) : 55 (C) 17 (L) : 74 (C)
Foreign 43 (L) : 56 (C) 43 (L) : 57 (C) 27 (L) : 70 (C)
Composite 37.7 (L) : 62.3 (C) 33.7 (L) : 66.3 (C) 18.3 (L) : 81.7 (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
FRC100100
LCV66
CFG9584
ITIC-75
NTU8580
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COC94-
ACLU-0
ACU9688
ADA010
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: N
    • 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: N
    • 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: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote:
    • 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:
    • Year: 2007
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