|U.S. House, Texas, District 25|
|Bachelor's||United States Military Academy, 1983|
|Master's||Oxford University, 1993|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Place of birth||Houston, TX|
Riddle's campaign website listed the following five issues:
- Excerpt: "Many families and businesses are making cuts and other hard choices when it comes to balancing their budgets. Why should government be any different? We now owe more than $14.3 trillion, that’s more than $46,000 for every man, woman and child in the United States."
- Excerpt: "Not only has government forgotten the purpose of education, it has forgotten its own purpose too! There is room enough for freedom to have competing systems of education."
- Excerpt: "It is high time that this great nation develops a plan that will lead us to energy independence. Being energy independent is vital to the well-being of this nation and to our national security. As global demand for energy expands at a dramatic rate we must have a real course of action that will produce real results for Americans."
- Excerpt: "Repeal Obamacare and replace it—there’s no justification to transform the entire health care system in America—how about getting at the problem: deal with the few million uninsured, reduce costs for everybody through common sense solutions."
- U.S. Border Security
- Excerpt: "My step-son Danilo recently arrived in this country, having just emigrated from the Philippines—a long journey and his first plane flight. It took us 17 years to follow the process legally. His mother and I are most assuredly not for amnesty of illegal aliens."
- Obama impeachment
- Riddle is campaigning on a platform that involves impeaching President Barack Obama. He has promised to begin the impeachment process as soon as he enters Congress, because of a treaty in which Obama ceded seven islands in the Arctic Ocean to Russia. In actuality, the island were ceded in 1991 under President George H.W. Bush.
- Riddle also stated that he wanted to impeach Obama because of "President Obama’s abuse of power and blatant disregard to the Constitution."
Riddle ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 25th District. He and Roger Williams defeated Bill Burch, Dianne Costa, James Dillon, Dave Garrison, Justin Hewlett, Charles Holcomb, Brian Matthews, Ernie Beltz, Jr., Chad Wilbanks and Michael Williams (Texas Commissioner of Education) in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. He was then defeated in the subsequent runoff.
|U.S. House, Texas District 25 Runoff Republican Primary, 2012|
|Wes Riddle (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2012||$126,162.43||$31,297.32||$(41,449.30)||$116,010.45|
|Pre-Primary||May 30, 2012||$116,010.45||$12,636||$(71,071.97)||$57,574.48|
|July Quarterly||July 16, 2012||$60,889.07||$21,336.35||$(28,461.81)||$53,763.61|
|Pre-Runoff||July 20, 2012||$53,763.61||$875||$(7,111.18)||$47,527.43|
As of the 2012 election, Riddle was married to wife, Aida.
- Texas' 25th 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
- YouTube channel
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "Former TV reporter eyes Marchant's House District 24 seat," September 7, 2011 (dead link)
- Campaign website, Issues
- Think Progress, "Republican Congressional Candidate Wants To Impeach Obama For ‘Giving Away’ Seven Arctic Islands," June 22, 2012
- Texas GOP, "Republican candidate list," accessed May 10, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State, "Unofficial Republican primary results," May 29, 2012 (timed out)
- Associated Press, Primary runoff results," accessed August 31, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report-2012 Republican Party Primary Runoff," accessed August 30, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Wes Riddle's Summary Report," accessed July 27, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Wes Riddle April Quarterly," accessed July 27, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Wes Riddle Pre-Primary," accessed July 27, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Wes Riddle July Quarterly," accessed July 27, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Wes Riddle Pre-Runoff," accessed July 27, 2012
- NYdailynews.com, "BLOG: Politex: U.S. Rep. Ron Paul endorses Wes Riddle in 25th Congressional District runoff," July 10, 2012 (timed out)
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed June 2, 2014
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