|U.S. House, Texas, District 33|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||0|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cost per vote||$14.08 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Texas State House|
|Bachelor's||Texas Wesleyan University|
|Birthday||January 3, 1971|
|Place of birth||Tarrant County, TX|
Veasey is a former member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 95 from 2005 to 2013.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Veasey is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
Veasey was born in Fort Worth. He graduated from Texas Wesleyan University in 1995. Veasey is a community activist and has worked as a health care consultant, Legislative Aide to Democratic Congressman Martin Frost, Realtor, sports writer for Source Media's IT Network and for the Star-Telegram. Veasey is a member of the Fort Worth Ambassadors, Tarrant County Black Genealogical Society Advisory Committee and Volunteer Center of Tarrant County.
- 1998-2004: Staffer, Rep. Martin Frost, D-Texas, 1998-2004
- 2004-2013: Texas House of Representatives 
- 2013-present: U.S. House of Representatives from Texas
- Commercial real-estate broker
Veasey serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
- Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
- Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
- Subcommittee on Energy
- Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics - 7
Marc Veasey served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
- Elections Committee
- Pensions, Investments & Financial Services Committee
- Redistricting Committee
- Voter Identification & Voter Fraud, Select Committee Vice Chair
- Environmental Regulation Committee, Texas House
- Pensions, Investments & Financial Services Committee, Texas House
- Redistricting Committee, Texas House
The 113th Congress has had 22 out of 4,315 introduced bills enacted into law (0.5%) as of August 1, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.5% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Veasey's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
National Defense Authorization Act
Veasey voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Veasey voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Veasey voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Veasey voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Veasey voted for HR 2775.
Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination
Veasey voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
Veasey voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Health Care Reform Rules
Veasey voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Veasey voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
The SNAP Challenge encouraged participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing hunger. By accepting the SNAP Challenge, participants committed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.
Veasey sponsored the following legislation while a member of the Texas House of Representatives:
- HB 616 - Relating to a study regarding the effectiveness of the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act.
- HB 860 - Relating to sanctions available for certain academically unacceptable campuses.
- HB 3089 - Relating to the disposition of vehicles by a local government participating in a program designed to encourage the use of low-emission vehicles.
Veasey's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Excerpt: "The reason North Texans are seeing news stories about school closures and teacher layoffs is because Republicans chose to cut $5.4 billion from our children’s public education system rather than close corporate tax loopholes or use a part of our state’s savings account known as the Rainy Day Fund."
- Excerpt: "I’m a strong proponent of affordable, quality health care for all and I believe we must be more proactive in addressing health issues. As State Representative, I personally helped secure the second federal medical clinic for residents in my district."
- Excerpt: "As a staffer for Congressman Martin Frost, I played a key role in winning federal support needed to build the freeway exchange and road extensions at Cockrell Hill Road on I-30. Not only did that project create jobs, but the economic growth and development it produced served to create and retain even more jobs."
- Excerpt: "We need comprehensive immigration reform. We need a pathway to legalization for the hard-working men and women who have stayed out of trouble and are living in our communities in the shadows."
Veasey is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.
Veasey won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 33rd District. He and Domingo Garcia defeated Chrysta Castaneda, David Alameel, Kathleen Hicks, J.R. Molina, Carlos Quintanilla, Jason Roberts, Steve Salazar, Kyev Tatum and Manuel Valdez in the Democratic primary on May 29, 2012. Veasey went on to defeat Garcia in the July 31 runoff. He defeated Chuck Bradley (R) and Ed Lindsay (G) in the general election on November 6.
|U.S. House, Texas District 33 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Texas District 33 Runoff Democratic Primary, 2012|
| Texas House of Representatives, District 95 |
2010 General election results
|Mark Veasey (D)||19,835||100%|
On November 4, 2008, Veasey won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 95th District, defeating Hy Siegel (L). Veasey received 39,150 votes in the election while Siegel received 1,838 votes. Veasey raised $263,431 for his campaign; Siegel raised $50.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 95|
|Marc Veasey (D)||39,150||95.51%|
|Hy Siegel (L)||1,838||4.48%|
Comprehensive donor information for Veasey is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Veasey raised a total of $1,219,902 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.
|Marc Veasey's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Texas, District 33)||$1,219,902|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,219,902|
|Marc Veasey (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$21,706.69||$154,774.60||$(32,613.89)||$143,867.40|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$143,867.40||$201,381.23||$(57,413.54)||$287,835.09|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$287,835.09||$154,560.97||$(58,819.49)||$383,576.57|
Veasey won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Veasey's campaign committee raised a total of $1,219,902 and spent $1,198,195. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Veasey spent $14.08 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Texas District 33, 2012 - Marc Veasey Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$12,983|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$12,983|
|Top contributors to Marc Veasey's campaign committee|
|Nix, Patterson & Roach||$36,500|
|American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees||$20,000|
|Bass Brothers Enterprises||$20,000|
|American Federation of Teachers||$15,000|
|nternational Assn of Fire Fighters||$15,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$74,250|
|Oil & Gas||$52,000|
In 2010, Veasey received $201,344 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Marc Veasey's campaign in 2010|
|Bill White For Texas Governor||$10,000|
|Texas Values In Action Coalition||$8,000|
|Texas Trial Lawyers Association||$4,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$201,344|
Below are Veasey's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|Texas Democratic Party||$10,600|
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Veasey most often votes with:
Veasey least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Veasey missed 3 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 3.4%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Veasey's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $-83,984 to $124,999. That averages to $20,507, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Veasey has voted with the Democratic Party 95.4% of the time. This ranked 104th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.
Representative Veasey announced in July 2011 his intentions of filing a lawsuit to block the state's congressional redistricting plan. He claimed the plan disproportionately diluted minority voting power in the Lone Star State. Commenting on the redistricting plan Veasy stated "It is Republicans harming minority voters and breaking the law in order to hold and expand their power. It is shameful that Republican leaders in Texas would rather attack and destroy the voting rights of minority citizens than work hard to earn the respect of African-American and Hispanic voters."
Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index
Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy." Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.
Marc Veasey received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
Veasey and his wife, Tonya, have one child.
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- CD-33, Progressive Congressman Marc Veasey (D) Files for Reelection - Burnt Orange Report
- Time running out for Domingo Garcia to decide on House rematch with Marc ... - Dallas Morning News
- Fix to Voting Rights Act stalled in Congress - Dallas Morning News
- Marc Veasey files for re-election, touts support from House Democrats - Dallas Morning News (blog)
- Pantry workers see more hungry people because of federal cuts - Fort Worth Star Telegram
- Two more join race for Sen. Cornyn's seat - San Antonio Express (blog)
- Unemployment Rate Falls to 5-Year Low; New Ad Defends Hagan, Attacks Tillis ... - National Journal
- Dems talk about turning Tarrant blue, but they're not showing up - Fort Worth Star Telegram
- Guest Post: Congressman Marc Veasey Reflects on the 50th Anniversary of the ... - Burnt Orange Report
- Dallas dentist David Alameel brings big fortune to U.S. Senate race - Dallas Morning News
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- Texas Tribune profile
- Texas State Directory profile
- Texas Political Almanac HD 95 page
- Vote-TX.org profile
- ↑ Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 National Journal "Texas, 33rd House District: Marc Veasey (D)," November 10, 2012
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Veasey
- ↑ CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- ↑ Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- ↑ Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," August 1, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- ↑ Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- ↑ Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- ↑ The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- ↑ U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
- ↑ Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
- ↑ Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Veasey
- ↑ Campaign website, Issues
- ↑ Democratic candidate list
- ↑ Unofficial Democratic primary results
- ↑ Associated Press primary runoff results
- ↑ Texas Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report-2012 Democratic Party Primary Runoff," accessed August 30, 2012
- ↑ Official Texas Election Results
- ↑ Texas House official election results for 2008
- ↑ District 95 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
- ↑ Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Marc Veasey," Accessed March 25, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Marc Veasey Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Marc Veasey April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Marc Veasey July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Marc Veasey October Quarterly," Accessed October 22, 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets "Marc Veasey 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2010 Contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- ↑ OpenCongress, "Marc Veasey," Accessed August 2, 2013
- ↑ GovTrack, "Marc Veasey," Accessed April 2, 2013
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org "Marc Veasey (D-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
- ↑ OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
- ↑ Star-Telegram, "Fort Worth legislator plans legal challenge to Texas' congressional redistricting map", July 14, 2011
- ↑ Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
- ↑ Project Vote Smart biography
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