|U.S. House, Texas, District 22|
|January 3, 2009-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||6|
|Predecessor||Nick Lampson (D)|
|Aide to United States Senator Phil Gramm|
|Aide to United States Senator John Cornyn|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 4, 2008|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Clear Lake High School, TX|
|J.D.||University of Texas School of Law|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1988-1997|
|Citations||Naval Aviator Wings of Gold|
|Service branch||United States Naval Reserve|
|Years of service||1998-present|
|Date of birth||December 9, 1962|
|Place of birth||Fort Lewis, WA|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Olson is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.
After earning his bachelor's degree from Rice University and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, Olson joined the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy from 1988-1997, when he went into the Naval Reserves. Olson was deployed on missions in Iraq, Japan, and elsewhere. He then served on the Naval Joint Chiefs of Staff and was a Senate liaison for the Navy. He switched to the Naval Reserves and served as aide to two U.S. senators over the next decade before launching his own campaign for office.
- 1998-2002: Aide to U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm
- 2002-2007: Chief of Staff to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn
- 2009-present: U.S. House of Representatives
Olson serves on the following committees:
- Energy and Commerce Committee
- Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
- Subcommittee on Energy and Power
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Olson was a member of the following House committee:
Olson's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Limited Government Conservative
- Excerpt: "My fundamental belief is that we can create the most freedom, most prosperity, and most opportunity for our nation by limiting the power and scope of the federal government. As your Representative, I work every day to ensure I am living up to that standard."
- Passing a Balanced Budget Amendment
- Excerpt: "Only in Washington is having a balanced budget a novel concept. Our families do it. Small businesses do it. And the State of Texas does it."
- Job Growth for America
- Excerpt: "With millions of Americans either underemployed or out of work, a principal focus of our government needs to be helping to get the economy moving again."
- Leading an American Energy Revolution
- Excerpt: "If we don’t control the vast majority of our own energy supply, we don’t control our own future. Whether it is economic security or national security, creating reliable and dedicated sources of AMERICAN energy is truly a critical national priority."
- Staying on Offense Against Terrorism
- Excerpt: "Preserving America’s freedom and way of life is not just a campaign talking point. I took the Oath of Office to “Preserve, Protect, and Defend the Constitution” and those words instilled a deep sense of responsibility in me."
Olson voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.
Olson is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
Olson won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 22nd District. He defeated Barbara Carlson in the May 29, 2012, Republican primary. He then defeated Kesha Rogers (D), Steve Susman (L), and Don Cook (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.
|U.S. House, Texas District 22 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Pete Olson Incumbent||64%||160,668|
|Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Texas District 22 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Pete Olson Incumbent||76.5%||35,838|
Comprehensive donor information for Olson is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Olson raised a total of $5,114,089 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.
|Pete Olson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Texas, District 22)||$1,439,596|
|2010||US House (Texas, District 22)||$1,268,559|
|2008||US House (Texas, District 22)||$2,405,934|
|Grand Total Raised||$5,114,089|
|Pete Olson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 9, 2013||$147,061.73||$103,388.61||$(151,485.63)||$98,964.71|
|July Quarterly||July 10, 2013||$98,964.71||$335,695.82||$(88,038.55)||$346,621.98|
Olson won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Olson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,439,597 and spent $1,244,947. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Olson spent $7.75 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Texas' 22nd Congressional District, 2012 - Pete Olson Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$40,303|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$40,373|
|Top contributors to Pete Olson's campaign committee|
|Energy Future Holdings Corp||$15,000|
|American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$159,400|
|Chemical & Related Manufacturing||$65,249|
Olson won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Olson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,268,559 and spent $1,251,977.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Texas, 2010 - Pete Olson Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$61,896|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$61,681|
|Top contributors to Pete Olson's campaign committee|
|Silver Eagle Distributors||$14,400|
|Union Pacific Corp||$10,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$106,900|
Ideology and leadership
The website Open Congress, tracks whom from each party each member of Congress votes most and least often with.
Olson most often votes with:
Olson least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Olson missed 84 of 3,350 roll call votes from January 2009 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Olson paid his congressional staff a total of $909,878 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Olson's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $680,033 to $2,000,000. That averages to $1,340,016, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 4.08% from 2010.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Olson's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $709,034 to $2,085,000. That averages to $1,397,017 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
Olson ranked 17th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House in 2012.
Olson was tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 36th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House in 2011.
Voting with party
Pete Olson voted with the Republican Party 98.2% of the time, which ranked 51st among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.
Olson lives in Sugar Land, Texas, with his wife, Nancy, and their two children.
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- Media coverage:
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
- Official House website "Biography," Accessed October 31, 2011
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Pete Olson," Accessed October 31, 2011
- CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Three Texas Members of Congress," January 20, 2012
- Campaign website, Issues
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- Republican candidate list
- Unofficial Republican primary results
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Pete Olson," Accessed March 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Pete Olson Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Pete Olson April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Pete Olson July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
- Open Secrets "Pete Olson 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
- Open Secrets "Pete Olson 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 26, 2011
- Gov Track "Pete Olson," Accessed June 7 2013
- OpenCongress, "Pete Olson," Accessed August 2, 2013
- GovTrack, "Pete Olson," Accessed April 2, 2013
- LegiStorm, "Pete Olson," Accessed September 17, 2012
- OpenSecrets.org "Pete Olson (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Pete Olson (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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