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Biography

Elected: 2004, 5th term.

Born: February 23, 1951, Bonham, TX

Home: Coppell, TX

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

Professional Career: Homebuilder, developer, 1975-2004.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Nazarene

Family: Married (Donna Walker) , 4 children ; 2 grandchildren

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.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-6605

(202) 225-0074

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2313
Washington, DC 20515-4324

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-6605

(202) 225-0074

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2313
Washington, DC 20515-4324

DISTRICT OFFICE

(972) 556-0162

(972) 409-9704

9901 East Valley Ranch Parkway Suite 2060
Irving, TX 75063-7186

DISTRICT OFFICE

(972) 556-0162

(972) 409-9704

9901 East Valley Ranch Parkway Suite 2060
Irving, TX 75063-7186

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

PO Box 110187
Carrollton, TX 75011-0187

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

PO Box 110187
Carrollton, TX 75011-0187

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Staff

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Abortion

Robert Vega
Legislative Assistant

Aerospace

John Deoudes
Legislative Assistant

Agriculture

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

John Deoudes
Legislative Assistant

Appropriations

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

Robert Vega
Legislative Assistant

Arts

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

Amber Allen
Financial Manager

Banking

Robert Vega
Legislative Assistant

Budget

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

Robert Vega
Legislative Assistant

Amber Allen
Financial Manager

Disaster

Amber Allen
Financial Manager

Education

John Deoudes
Legislative Assistant

Energy

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

John Deoudes
Legislative Assistant

Amber Allen
Financial Manager

Environment

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

John Deoudes
Legislative Assistant

Amber Allen
Financial Manager

Family

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

Robert Vega
Legislative Assistant

Finance

Robert Vega
Legislative Assistant

Foreign

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

Robert Vega
Legislative Assistant

Govt Ops

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

Amber Allen
Financial Manager

Gun Issues

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

Health

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

John Deoudes
Legislative Assistant

Homeland Security

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

Robert Vega
Legislative Assistant

Amber Allen
Financial Manager

Human Rights

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

Robert Vega
Legislative Assistant

Immigration

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

Robert Vega
Legislative Assistant

Amber Allen
Financial Manager

Intelligence

Robert Vega
Legislative Assistant

Judiciary

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

Robert Vega
Legislative Assistant

Labor

John Deoudes
Legislative Assistant

Medicare

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

Military

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

John Deoudes
Legislative Assistant

Native Americans

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

Public Works

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

Robert Vega
Legislative Assistant

Science

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

John Deoudes
Legislative Assistant

Seniors

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

Small Business

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

Social Security

John Deoudes
Legislative Assistant

Robert Vega
Legislative Assistant

Technology

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

John Deoudes
Legislative Assistant

Telecommunications

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

John Deoudes
Legislative Assistant

Amber Allen
Financial Manager

Transportation

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

Robert Vega
Legislative Assistant

Veterans

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

John Deoudes
Legislative Assistant

Welfare

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

Robert Vega
Legislative Assistant

Women

Scott Cunningham
Deputy Chief of Staff, Washington

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Kenny Marchant
Votes: 148,586
Percent: 61.02%
Tim Rusk
Votes: 87,645
Percent: 36.0%
2012 PRIMARY
Kenny Marchant
Votes: 27,926
Percent: 67.93%
Grant Stinchfield
Votes: 13,184
Percent: 32.07%
2010 GENERAL
Kenny Marchant
Votes: 100,078
Percent: 81.57%
David Sparks
Votes: 22,609
Percent: 18.43%
2010 PRIMARY
Kenny Marchant
Votes: 33,283
Percent: 84.09%
Frank Roszell
Votes: 6,298
Percent: 15.91%
2008 GENERAL
Kenny Marchant
Votes: 151,434
Percent: 55.98%
Tom Love
Votes: 111,089
Percent: 41.07%
2008 PRIMARY
Kenny Marchant
Votes: 30,378
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (82%), 2008 (56%), 2006 (60%), 2004 (64%)

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