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Biography

Elected: 2010, 2nd term.

Born: February 25, 1954, Warren Air Force Base, Cheyenne, WY

Home: Bryan, TX

Education: TX A&M U., B.B.A. 1976; Houston Baptist U., M.B.A. 1985.

Professional Career: Keyes Offshore, 1980-90; Marine Drilling, 1990-97; Western Atlas, 1997-98; Gryphon Exploration, 2001-05; accountant, financial mgr., Phoenix Exploration, 2006-09.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Baptist

Family: Married (Gina) , 2 children ; 2 grandchildren

Republican Bill Flores toppled 10-term Democrat Chet Edwards in one of the big upsets of 2010. Flores is a retired oil and gas executive who zealously seeks to help those industries while maintaining his standing as one of the House’s strictest fiscal and social conservatives.

The oldest of six children, Flores was born at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo. After his father’s military tour of duty, the family moved back to Stratford, a small town in the northern tip of the Texas Panhandle. From age 9, Flores helped work cattle on the family’s ranch. Those early-life experiences made an impact. “I was always taught that you don’t turn to the government for anything. You create your own opportunities,” Flores told National Journal.

Flores helped pay his way through Texas A&M, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, the student body government, and the honor guard. He counts his time at Texas A&M as formative and has remained active as an alumnus, donating millions of dollars to his alma mater to fund scholarships. He graduated in 1972 and went to work for the KPMG accounting firm. Over three decades, Flores built a career as a financial manager for several large corporations, eventually settling in the oil and gas industry in Houston. He was the president and chief executive officer of Phoenix Exploration until late 2009, when he left the job to run for Congress.

He had four opponents in the March 2010 Republican primary. He finished ahead of 2008 nominee Rob Curnock, 33%-29%, but went on to beat Curnock in the runoff, 65%-35%. In the general election, he faced Edwards, a 20-year incumbent with considerable political skills. He retained the seat even as the district’s voters became more Republican, taking care to cast conservative votes on some issues and to tend to the needs of sprawling Fort Hood. But his standing with conservatives was hurt in July 2008, when liberal House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mentioned him as a possible Democratic vice presidential candidate. That year, Republican Curnock held him to a 53%-46% victory, even though Edwards outspent him $2 million to $96,000.

Edwards had also taken some recent unpopular stands. Flores targeted his vote for the 2009 economic stimulus bill. And he emphasized his own business credentials, saying he would bring the discipline of a successful accountant to his work in government. In particular, Flores touted his role in the early 1990s helping to turn around a financially struggling oil and gas company called Marine Drilling. However, The Dallas Morning News reported that a Marine subsidiary filed for bankruptcy in 1992, leaving the government with $7.5 million in unpaid debt. Edwards assembled a “Vets for Chet” parade with retired generals attesting to his work for Fort Hood and attacked Flores as a Houston interloper.

It was a high-dollar race, with Edwards spending $3.8 million and Flores $3.3 million ($1.5 million of it his own money), with outside groups spending another $720,000 against Edwards and $1 million against Flores. By summer, Edwards was trailing badly, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee mostly pulled out of the race to focus resources on more winnable contests. Flores won 62%-37%, carrying all but one small county. He won with just 52% in Waco’s McLennan County, but got 64% in College Station’s Brazos County and 71% in Johnson County south of Fort Worth.

In the House, Flores was the third-most conservative Texas Republican in the 112th Congress (2011-12) behind Jeb Hensarling and Mike Conaway, according to National Journal’s annual rankings. He is active in the Republican Study Committee, the caucus of the House’s most conservative members. Flores’ first bills were measures to set more stringent deadlines for government approval of offshore oil and gas drilling and to extend for 12 months all leases in the Gulf of Mexico affected by the Interior Department’s drilling moratoriums after the massive BP spill. He later successfully amended several House-passed bills to block a provision in the 2007 energy law promoting the use of global warming-friendly alternative fuels in federal vehicles. In one instance involving the Pentagon in June 2011, he said, “The Defense Department should not be wasting its time studying fuel emissions and should not have to be stifled by the arguments over how to interpret a small section of an energy law.” He took heat from constituents at home for voting in 2011 to raise the federal debt limit, but opposed the subsequent tax and spending compromise in 2013 to avoid a so-called “fiscal cliff.”

After easily deflecting a GOP primary challenger by getting 83% of the vote, Flores found that Democrats had abandoned any hope of reclaiming the seat. They didn’t field a general election candidate, and Flores beat Libertarian Ben Easton 80%-20%.

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Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Bill Flores
Votes: 143,284
Percent: 79.93%
Ben Easton
Votes: 35,978
Percent: 20.07%
2012 PRIMARY
Bill Flores
Votes: 41,449
Percent: 82.5%
George Hindman
Votes: 8,790
Percent: 17.5%
2010 GENERAL
Bill Flores
Votes: 106,696
Percent: 61.8%
Chet Edwards
Votes: 63,138
Percent: 36.57%
2010 RUNOFF
Bill Flores
Votes: 21,913
Percent: 65.13%
Rob Curnock
Votes: 11,730
Percent: 34.87%
2010 PRIMARY
Bill Flores
Votes: 21,479
Percent: 33.04%
Rob Curnock
Votes: 18,679
Percent: 28.74%
Dave McIntyre
Votes: 11,870
Percent: 18.26%
Chuck Wilson
Votes: 9,853
Percent: 15.16%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (62%)

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