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Brian Babin

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Brian Babin
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U.S. House, Texas, District 36
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorSteve Stockman (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,110,763
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolForest Park High School
Bachelor'sLamar University
OtherUniversity of Texas Dental Branch
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service4
Personal
ProfessionDentist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Brian Babin is a Republican member of the U.S. House, representing the 36th Congressional District of Texas.[1] Babin was first elected in 2014. He defeated Michael Cole (D), Rodney Veach (L) and Hal Ridley Jr. (G) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

Biography

Babin served in the United States Air Force as a captain from 1975 to 1979. While serving, he earned his B.S. in biology from Lamar University in 1973. He then enrolled in dental school at the University of Texas and graduated with his D.D.S. in 1976.[3]

He has been engaged in general dental practice since 1979.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Babin's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 2015-Present: U.S. Representative from Texas' 36th Congressional District
  • 1992-1995: Member of the Woodville, Texas, School Board
  • 1982-1984: Mayor of Woodville, Texas
  • 1981-1982, 1984-1989: Alderman for Woodville, Texas
  • 1975-1979: U.S. Air Force
  • 1969-1975: Texas Army National Guard
  • 1976: Graduated from University of Texas, Houston, with a D.D.S.
  • 1973: Graduated from Lamar University with a B.S.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Babin serves on the following committees:[5]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Babin's campaign website listed the following issues:[6]

  • Obamacare: "I will work tirelessly to repeal it and replace it with policies that work. It’s destroying jobs, the economy, and causing millions to lose their promised healthcare policies. Government can never replace the doctor-patient relationship. We should replace it with federal tax credits and free market solutions."
  • Taxes and Spending: "I oppose ANY tax increase and will work toward a simplified tax code. Spending must be reduced with real cuts that lead to a balanced budget and end constant debt-ceiling increases."
  • Job Creation: "I believe jobs are created by a thriving free enterprise system, not by the government. Indeed, our government has done much to stymie entrepreneurship. We must implement pro-growth policies to provide incentives for the creation and growth of businesses. This will create jobs and help regenerate our economy."
  • Regulation: "Burdensome regulations must be reduced and reined in. Bureaucratic agencies are killing the economy and have usurped the powers of the Congress and states."
  • 2nd Amendment: "I am a rock solid defender of the 2nd Amendment, a 30 year member of the NRA, and was endorsed by the NRA in my 1996 congressional race."

[7]

—Brian Babin's campaign website, http://www.babinforcongress.com/issues/

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 36th Congressional District elections, 2014

Babin won election in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 36th District. Babin and Ben Streusand advanced past the Republican primary on March 4, 2014.[8] Babin defeated Streusand in the runoff election on May 27, 2014.[9] He then defeated Michael Cole (D), Rodney Veach (L) and Hal Ridley Jr. (G) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

U.S. House, Texas District 36 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Babin 76% 101,663
     Democratic Michael Cole 22.1% 29,543
     Libertarian Rodney Veach 1.5% 1,951
     Green Hal Ridley Jr. 0.5% 685
Total Votes 133,842
Source: Texas Secretary of State
U.S. House, Texas District 36 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Babin 33.4% 17,194
Green check mark transparent.pngBen Streusand 23.3% 12,024
John Manlove 6.9% 3,556
Doug Centilli 6.8% 3,506
Phil Fitzgerald 6.6% 3,388
Robin Riley 5.1% 2,648
Dave Norman 4.5% 2,325
Chuck Meyer 3.1% 1,574
John Amdur 2.9% 1,470
Kim Morrell 2.8% 1,444
Jim Engstrand 2.5% 1,288
Pat Kasprzak 2.2% 1,116
Total Votes 51,533
Source: Texas Secretary of State
U.S. House, Texas District 36 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Babin 57.8% 19,301
Ben Streusand 42.2% 14,069
Total Votes 33,370
Source: Texas Secretary of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Babin is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Babin raised a total of $1,110,763 during that time period. This information was last updated on February 3, 2015.[10]

Brian Babin's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 US House (Texas, District 36) Won $1,110,763
Grand Total Raised $1,110,763

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Babin's reports.

**As of the 2014 October Quarterly Report, Babin's committee owed $75,000 in outstanding loans to Brian Babin.

Personal

Babin and his wife, Roxanne, have five children and nine grandchildren.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Stockman
U.S. House - Texas District 36
2015-Present
Succeeded by
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