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}}{{TOCnestright}}'''Randy Weber''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House]], representing [[Texas' 14th congressional district]]. Weber was first elected to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. He defeated [[Nick Lampson]], (D), [[Zach Grady]] (L), and [[Rhett Rosenquest Smith]] (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
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}}{{TOCnestright}}'''Randy Weber''' (b. July 2, 1953 in Pearland, Texas) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House]], representing [[Texas' 14th congressional district]]. Weber was first elected to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. He defeated [[Nick Lampson]], (D), [[Zach Grady]] (L), and [[Rhett Rosenquest Smith]] (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
  
 
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.
 
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.

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Randy Weber
Randy Weber.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 14
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorRon Paul (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,334,236
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas State House
2009-2013
Personal
BirthdayJuly 2, 1953
Net worth$600,501
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Randy Weber (b. July 2, 1953 in Pearland, Texas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House, representing Texas' 14th congressional district. Weber was first elected to the U.S. House in 2012. He defeated Nick Lampson, (D), Zach Grady (L), and Rhett Rosenquest Smith (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

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.

Biography

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.[1]

Weber is the owner of an air-conditioning company and Grand Jury Commissioner for Brazoria County. He served on the Pearland City Council from 1990-1996.

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.[2]

Career

  • 1990-1996: Pearland City Council[1]
  • 2008-2013: Texas House of Representatives[1]
  • 1981-present: Owner, Weber’s Air and Heat[1]
  • 2013-present: U.S. House of Representatives from Texas

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Weber serves on the following committees:[3]

Texas House

2011-2012

Randy Weber served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

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.[4]

Campaign themes

2012

Weber's campaign website listed the following issues:[5]

  • 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."

2010

On his website Weber listed six main issues and his positions:[6]

  • 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."

Elections

2012

See also: Texas' 14th congressional district elections, 2012

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 May 29, 2012, Republican primary. 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.[7][8][9]

U.S. House, Texas District 14 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRandy Weber 53.5% 131,460
     Democratic Nick Lampson 44.6% 109,697
     Libertarian Zach Grady 1.5% 3,619
     Green Rhett Rosenquest Smith 0.4% 1,063
Total Votes 245,839
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, Texas District 14 Runoff Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRandy Webber 62.8% 23,295
Felicia Harris 37.2% 13,792
Total Votes 37,087

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U.S. House, Texas District 14 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRandy Weber 27.6% 12,088
Green check mark transparent.pngFelicia Harris 18.9% 8,287
Michael Truncale 14.2% 6,212
Jay Old 14% 6,143
Robert Gonzalez 9.8% 4,305
Bill Sargent 7.6% 3,328
John Gay 4.7% 2,075
George Harper 1.9% 813
Mark Mansius 1.3% 554
Total Votes 43,805

Endorsements

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Weber won re-election to the 29th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the March 2nd primary. He defeated Libertarian Jim Foreman in the general election on November 2, 2010.[13]

Texas House of Representatives, District 29
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Randy Weber (R) 33,011 84.68%
Jim Foreman (L) 5,969 15.31%

2008

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.[14] Weber raised $250,978 for his campaign; Murphy raised $30,997.[15]

Texas House of Representatives, District 29
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Randy Weber (R) 40,439 60.47%
Kevin Murphy (D) 26,433 39.52%

Campaign donors

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.[16]

Randy Weber's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 14) Won $1,334,236
Grand Total Raised $1,334,236

2012

Breakdown of the source of Weber's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[17]

2010

Weber raised a total of $130,073 in 2010. Below are Eissler's top 6 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[18]

Contributor 2010 total
Randy Weber Campaign $8,019
McCorvey, Anthony $5,000
Perry, Bob J. $5,000
Warren Chisum Campaign $4,000
Friends of the University of Houston $3,000
Waste Management $3,000

2008

Below are Weber's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[19]

Contributor 2008 total
Stars Over Texas PAC $45,000
Texas for Lawsuit Reform $22,500
Bob J Perry $20,000
Randy Weber $15,000
Greater Houston Builders Assoc $5,500

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Weber's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $351,004 to $849,999. That averages to $600,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232.[21]

Voting with party

2013

The website Open Congress 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.[22]

Scorecards

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."[23] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.

2011

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."[24]

Personal

Weber is married to his wife, Brenda. Together, they have three children.[1]

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Preceded by
Ron Paul
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas District 14
2013-present
Succeeded by
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Texas House District 29
2009–2013
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