|U.S. House, Texas, District 14|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Ron Paul (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cost per vote||$9.81 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next primary||March 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Texas State House|
|Birthday||July 2, 1953|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.2 Sponsored legislation
- 4.3 Campaign themes
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Scorecards
- 9 Personal
- 10 Recent news
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
Weber is a former member of the Texas House of Representatives. He served in that position from 2008 until his election to the U.S. House in 2012.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Weber is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
Weber grew up in Pearland, Texas, and moved back when issues of residency came up in his 2012 campaign. He attended Alvin Community College and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Houston, Clear Lake.
Weber is President/Vice-President of the Brazoria County Cities Association, Founder/Co-Chair of the Brazoria County Fun-Fest, member of Brazoria County Republican Party, Chair of the Lincoln Day Dinner and Chair of the Pearland Area Republican Party Headquarters.
- 1990-1996: Pearland City Council
- 2008-2013: Texas House of Representatives
- 1981-present: Owner, Weber’s Air and Heat
- 2013-present: U.S. House of Representatives from Texas
Weber serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations
- Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa
- House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
- Subcommittee on Energy
- Subcommittee on Environment
Randy Weber served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Weber's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Weber 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.
Weber voted for 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.
Weber voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.
On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill. The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states. Weber voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.
On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Weber joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.
- 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. Weber voted in favor of 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. Weber voted against HR 2775.
Weber announced on September 30, 2013, on his Facebook page that his pay would be withheld “for the duration” of the shutdown.
Federal Pay Adjustment Act
Weber voted for 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 Prohibition
Weber voted for 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.
Healthcare Reform Rules
Weber voted for 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.
Weber voted for 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.
Weber sponsored the following legislation while a member of the Texas House of Representatives:
- HB 4009 - Relating to the provision of services to certain persons involved in, and the prosecution, punishment, and prevention of, offenses involving trafficking of persons or certain forced or sex-based labor or services, and to law enforcement training related to offenses involving that trafficking.
- HB 4011 - Relating to the use of money in the system benefit fund to purchase advanced meters for low-income customers.
- HB 4015 - Relating to reducing the written information that public school educators can be required to provide.
Weber's campaign website lists the following issues:
- Returning to Fiscal Discipline
- Excerpt: "Our current fiscal path is unsustainable. Waste, fraud and abuse have plagued Washington for years, making balanced budgets seem impossible."
- Restoring National Pride
- Excerpt: "America has long been an example to world, but that example is now being tarnished. Attempts to relinquish our American sovereignty to international organizations that constantly work against us must be stopped."
- Securing Our Nation’s Borders
- Excerpt: "The federal government’s failure to secure our borders is a serious threat to our national security. The constant flow of illegal drugs and gang activity must stop now. Until we secure the borders, we cannot begin to address the issue of illegal immigration and its costs."
- Honoring Faith and Values
- Excerpt: "Traditional American values have been the source of our strength throughout history. We must create a culture of life in America so that every life is cherished and protected."
- Rolling Back Regulation
- Excerpt: "Federal regulation is killing the economic engine that keeps our great nation running. Misguided bureaucrats are creating new regulations that will kill small business and stifle job creation."
On his website Weber listed six main issues and his positions:
- Lowering Property Taxes - "favors strictly limiting the taxing and spending authority of the Legislature. He supports an appraisal cap to protect recent tax cuts from being erased by appraisal creep."
- Eliminating Wasteful Government Spending - "state government's spending is excessive, out of control, and needs to be reduced. The taxpayers deserve greater accountability and efficiency from their elected officials."
- Improving Education - "supports local control for the schools by empowering locally elected school boards to make decisions affecting our children - and holding them accountable for the results."
- Securing Our Borders - "will look for ways to continue making advances in the technology and manpower needed to secure our southern borders."
- Protecting Our Children - "favors enacting mandatory minimum sentences for offenders who prey on our children. He supports increased funding for our prison systems, so our judges are not compelled to put these heinous offenders back on the streets due to prison crowding."
- Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Pro-Marriage - "Randy believes life begins at conception, and that all innocent human life must be protected...He believes the institution of marriage is a legal and moral commitment between one man and one woman."
Weber is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. He will face Donald Brown (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
Weber won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 14th District. He and Felicia Harris defeated John Gay, Robert Gonzalez, George Harper, Tim Day, Mark Mansius, Jay Old, Bill Sargent and Michael Truncale in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. Weber then defeated Harris in the runoff election. He went on to defeat Nick Lampson, (D), Zach Grady (L) and Rhett Rosenquest Smith (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, Texas District 14 General Election, 2012|
|Green||Rhett Rosenquest Smith||0.4%||1,063|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Texas District 14 Runoff Republican Primary, 2012|
| Texas House of Representatives, District 29 |
2010 General election results
|Randy Weber (R)||33,011||84.68%|
|Jim Foreman (L)||5,969||15.31%|
On November 4, 2008, Weber won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 29th District, defeating Kevin Murphy (D). Weber received 40,439 votes in the election while Murphy received 26,433 votes. Weber raised $250,978 for his campaign; Murphy raised $30,997.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 29|
|Randy Weber (R)||40,439||60.47%|
|Kevin Murphy (D)||26,433||39.52%|
Comprehensive donor information for Weber is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Weber raised a total of $1,334,236 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.
|Randy Weber's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Texas, District 14)||$1,334,236|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,334,236|
|Randy Weber (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$44,529.79||$105,845.29||$(36,178.19)||$114,196.89|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$114,196.89||$113,078.35||$(55,393.93)||$171,881.31|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$171,881.31||$102,637.25||$(43,177.86)||$231,340.70|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$231,340||$64,588||$(50,545)||$245,383|
Weber won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Weber's campaign committee raised a total of $1,334,236 and spent $1,289,706. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Weber spent $9.81 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Texas District 14, 2012 - Randy Weber Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$2,299,794|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$2,384,952|
|Top contributors to Randy Weber's campaign committee|
|McCorvey Sheet Metal Works||$27,500|
|Aces Ac Supply||$25,000|
|Every Republican is Crucial PAC||$15,000|
|State Farm Insurance||$11,700|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$66,600|
|Misc Manufacturing & Distributing||$49,000|
Weber raised a total of $130,073 in 2010. Below are Eissler's top 6 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:
|Randy Weber Campaign||$8,019|
|Perry, Bob J.||$5,000|
|Warren Chisum Campaign||$4,000|
|Friends of the University of Houston||$3,000|
Below are Weber's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|Stars Over Texas PAC||$45,000|
|Texas for Lawsuit Reform||$22,500|
|Bob J Perry||$20,000|
|Greater Houston Builders Assoc||$5,500|
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.
Weber most often votes with:
Weber least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Weber missed 2 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.2%, which is equal to 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, Weber's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $401,005 and $1,264,999. That averages to $833,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Weber ranked as the 226th most wealthy representative in 2012.
|Randy Weber Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||% Difference from previous year|
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Weber has voted with the Republican Party 96.2% of the time. This ranked 155th among the 233 House Republicans as of June 2013.
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.
Randy Weber received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
- 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Weber was named a "2011 Taxpayer Champion," which is "the top award presented by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."
Weber is married to his wife, Brenda. Together, they have three children.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Randy + Weber + Texas + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- GOP Congressman Introduces Bill Limiting Recognition Of Gay Marriage - Huffington Post
- You are here: HomeUS NewsConstitutionRep. Randy Weber Offers Bill to ... - The New American
- Pols Seed SOTU Crowd With Living Talking Points - Roll Call
- Texas ban on gay marriage targeted - Mankato Free Press
- GOP House Bill Seeks To Restrict Federal Recognition Of Gay Marriages - Progress Illinois
- Bill would require feds to respect state laws on traditional marriage - The Pilot
- Pfuhl bowls lone 700 set in Red River League action - Victoria Advocate
- GOP duo says Holder meddling in wake of Supreme Court's gay-marriage ruling - Washington Times
- What If House Republicans Suddenly Became Obsessed With Haute Couture? - Wonkette (satire)
- Bill would block feds from recognizing Utah's same-sex marriages - Salt Lake Tribune
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- Texas State Directory profile
- Texas Political Almanac profile
- Texas Tribune profile & bio
- Vote-TX.org profile
- Texas Conservative Coalition profile
- National Journal "Texas, 14th House District: Randy Weber (R)," November 7, 2012
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Weber
- 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," December 9, 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 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
- Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
- NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
- CNN.com "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
- Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
- 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
- Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 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
- Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Weber
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed January 22, 2014
- Weber for Texas Issues
- Republican candidate list
- Unofficial Republican primary results
- Associated Press primary runoff results
- Texas Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report-2012 Republican Party Primary Runoff," accessed August 30, 2012
- myfoxphoenix.com "Texas candidates vie to fill Ron Paul's seat, if not his shoes" Accessed May 26, 2012
- Campaign website Accessed May 26, 2012
- Official Texas Election Results
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 24, 2014
- District 29 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Randy Weber," Accessed March 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Randy Weber Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Randy Weber April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Randy Weber July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Randy Weber October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Randy Weber Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
- Open Secrets "Randy Weber 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 Campaign contributions
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- OpenCongress, "Randy Weber," Accessed August 2, 2013
- GovTrack, "Randy Weber," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Randy Weber (R-Texas), 2012"
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
- Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
- Empower Texans, "2011 Taxpayer Champions
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