Bachelor's Degree, Southern Methodist University;
Law Degree, South Texas College of Law
Current U.S. Representative, first elected in 2001. Former member of the Texas House of Representatives (1986-2001); Former civil defense attorney before election to Congress.
Member of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church and Associate Member of Second Baptist Church; Houston Astronomical Society; Houston Audubon Society
The two most important issues facing District 7 are improving our flood-control network and growing the economy. As the member of the Appropriations Committee, I have secured billions of dollars for Harris County to strengthen our flood-control network, including a record-breaking disaster relief package for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria worth $141 billion. I also supported passage of the largest tax cut in U.S. history and helped repeal the oil export ban.
We need to secure our border and enforce our laws to better facilitate the legal movement of people and goods. As Chairman of the Subcommittee that funds federal law enforcement, I have increased funding to hire prosecutors and federal investigators to truly secure the southern border and fight human trafficking. I have also supported legislation to ensure that children are not separated from their parents. I also support streamlining our current visa system.
We need to make health care more accessible, affordable and portable. We should allow insurance companies to sell across state lines to provide more options to consumers. We should make it easier for small businesses to pool their resources to buy private insurance. I also support guaranteed coverage for pre-existing conditions and for allowing adult children to stay on their parent's insurance until they turn 26. I will continue to fund research for juvenile diabetes, MS, and other diseases.
Under our Constitution, State law and local government regulate and control elections. Therefore, the federal government’s role is limited. I have supported federal grants to State and local governments to help them manage elections and to help them protect the integrity of the ballot box.
B.A., History, Kenyon College (1997)
J.D., College of William & Mary School of Law (2006)
I am a litigation partner at AZA, which I joined in 2009 after starting my legal career at Vinson & Elkins and working in non-profit and private sector for six years.
I am currently a director of Writers in the Schools and Open Dance Project, past director of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, and community volunteer.
1. Healthcare: Cutting-edge advances take place here, but many in our community do not have access to quality healthcare. Ensuring access to & affordability of healthcare is vital—from improving the ACA to working across the aisle to bring down costs, especially of prescription drugs.
2. Infrastructure: We need flooding and transportation infrastructure improvements to keep us safe and move us forward. I will partner with cities, counties, and METRO to bring improvements & funding to our region.
We need comprehensive immigration reform that addresses the many needs in this complex system. It should be thoughtful, practical, and fair, strengthening our border security and protecting border communities, ensuring law enforcement can do its job to keep our communities safe, keeping the promises we made to Dreamers, ending the devastating separation of families at the border, and creating a pathway to legal status for those who contribute to our society.
Congress has an important role to play in helping ensure that all Americans have access to affordable care. Working together, Congress can address the failures of the ACA and improve it, can continue to expand Medicaid and subsidy programs that bring overall costs down for everyone, introduce common-sense, cost-saving measures like allowing Medicare to negotiate with drug companies to lower drug prices, and ensure continued protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
Our democracy depends on free and fair elections with true participation of our citizens. The Federal government is charged with protecting our constitutional rights, especially the right to vote. It is important that we fully restore and enforce the Voting Rights Act, and address systemic challenges and threats to our elections. Protecting the integrity of the process also includes working to eliminate partisan gerrymandering, and requiring transparency in our campaign finance system.