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|U.S. House, Texas, District 14|
|Bachelor's||Texas A & M University, 1985|
|J.D.||Texas Tech University School of Law, 1988|
Old earned his bachelor's degree from Texas A & M University in 1985. He went on to receive his J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1988. He has worked as an attorney since then. Old has been partner of Germer Gertz LLP since 1996.
On May 25, 2012, Old was targeted by the Washington, D.C.-based group, Americans for Tax Reform, for not signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Despite Old's platform of lower taxes, ATR president Grover Norquist then accused Old of having plans to raise taxes once elected to Congress.
Old's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Old Fashioned American Values
- Excerpt: "It is time to go back to those American values on which our country was founded. Our forefathers believed in limited government, which put power in the hands of the people. I believe “We the people” is relevant today."
- Job Growth
- Excerpt: "We must grow our way out of this depressed economy. Government needs to get out of the way of free enterprise so entrepreneurs and business owners can do what they do best. We must roll back liberal “reforms” that have suppressed business and cost jobs."
- Fiscal Restraint
- Excerpt: "In order to create the jobs to strengthen the economy, we must have fiscal and monetary policies to stimulate the growth. We can’t spend our way out of debt or unemployment. When the money runs out, we should stop spending."
- Lowering Taxes
- Excerpt: "I support reform of the current tax system by implementing the Fair Tax or a Flat Tax – or a combination. When the income tax was implemented in 1913, the tax code was only 400 pages. Today it has grown – and is continuing to grow – to more than 70,000 pages."
- Border and Homeland Security
- Excerpt: "Living in Texas, we understand more than most how important it is to protect our border. Not only is it an economic problem, but it is also an increasing danger to all Americans. I will work with the federal government to protect our borders and to encourage legal immigration for those who wish to pay taxes, contribute their talents and abide by our laws."
AdsIn April 2012, Old released his first TV ad, titled "Deficit Spending."
As of May 9, 2012, Old raised $602,993 during the 2012 election cycle and spent $424,907, leaving him with $178,087 cash on hand. Of that, 91 percent came from individual contributions while 8 percent came from candidate self-financing.
Old and his wife, Ann, have two children.
- Texas' 14th Congressional District
- Texas' 14th Congressional District elections, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012
- U.S. House elections, 2012
- Official campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Official campaign Facebook page
- Twitter feed
- Houston Chronicle, "field grows for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul's seat," November 1, 2011
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed June 2, 2014
- Americans for Tax Reform, "Jay Old Leaves the Door Open to Tax Hikes" accessed May 26, 2012
- Campaign website, Issues
- Texas GOP, "Republican candidate list," accessed May 10, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State, "Unofficial Republican primary results," May 29, 2012 (timed out)
- opensecrets.org Accessed May 24, 2012
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