Tony Arterburn

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Tony Arterburn
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 4
High schoolRockwall High School
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
ProfessionSmall business owner, real estate
Campaign website
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Tony Arterburn was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Texas.[1]


Arterburn was born and bred in Rockwall, Texas. He graduated from Rockwall High School in 1999 and joined the United States Army.[2]

While serving in the Army, Arterburn worked as a military policeman and a paratrooper.[3] He served in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. While in Iraq, Arterburn served one year of combat operations.[2]

Following his discharge in 2004, Arterburn suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He has stated that he used alcohol to self-medicate and that he hit rock-bottom when he was arrested and ticketed with a DWI in 2009.[4]

As a civilian, Arterburn has pursued a career in real estate. He now owns his own real estate agency in Rowlett, Texas. He also hosts a conservative talk show on AM radio.[3]


Campaign themes


Arterburn considers himself a Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul conservative.[3] He listed the following campaign issues on his campaign website:[5]

  • Border security & immigration: "There can be no reform in immigration until our borders are secure."
  • Education: "The federal government has absolutely no constitutional authority to control, fund, or mandate education."
  • Ending the Federal Reserve: "It is time to audit the Fed and end its century long hold on the American economy."
  • Economic patriotism: "[I will] support[] legislation that abolishes the corporate income tax and places a modest tariff on imported goods."
  • Life, faith & family: "I am committed to promoting a culture of Life. I stand for a complete overturn of Roe V. Wade...I am also not afraid to say that we are, at our foundation a 'Christian nation.'"
  • Limited government: "I pledge to reign in the growing leviathan of government by only supporting legislation that strictly adheres to the Constitution of the United States."
  • National defense & foreign policy: "The Constitution clearly states that only Congress can declare war...War should only be fought in the direct defense of our people, republic, vital allies, and American interest."
  • Second Amendment: "I support the second amendment and will always vote to keep your constitutional rights safe. As a lifelong member of the NRA (National Rifle Association) I personally support every law abiding citizen's right to bear arms. It is the job of the people and of Congress to end the restrictions on a person's ability to possess, store, move, and buy fire arms."
  • Social Security: " Foremost, keeping our promises to our seniors and those who have spent the majority of their lives paying into the Social Security System is our goal."
  • Tax reform: " I am committed to ending the national income tax and replacing it with a national consumption tax, also known as the Fair Tax."
  • Veterans: "I will not take part in the Cadillac Healthcare program of U.S. Congress. I will join my brothers and sisters at the V.A."
  • Healthcare: "[I] will fight to repeal Obamacare."[6]
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See also: Texas' 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Arterburn ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 4th District. Arterburn was defeated by incumbent Ralph Hall and John Ratcliffe in the Republican primary on March 4, 2014.[7]

U.S. House, Texas District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Hall Incumbent 45.4% 29,848
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Ratcliffe 28.8% 18,917
Lou Gigliotti 16.1% 10,601
John Stacy 4.3% 2,812
Brent Lawson 3.5% 2,290
Tony Arterburn 1.9% 1,252
Total Votes 65,720
Source: Texas Secretary of State

Campaign donors


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


Arterburn lives in Rockwall, Texas. He is divorced and has one son with his former wife.[2][4]

Arterburn is a power lifting enthusiast.[2]

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