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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
Cost per vote$9.81 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryMarch 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,334,236
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas State House
2009-2013
Personal
BirthdayJuly 2, 1953
Net worth$833,002
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.

Weber is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[4] For more information pertaining to Weber's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Weber voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[6]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Weber voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Weber voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[9] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Weber voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "No" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Weber joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[12][13]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[15] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[16] Weber voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[18] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Weber voted against HR 2775.[19]

Weber announced on September 30, 2013, on his Facebook page that his pay would be withheld “for the duration” of the shutdown.[20]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Weber voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Weber voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Weber voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[24]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Weber voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[25]

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.[26]

Campaign themes

2014

Weber's campaign website lists the following issues:[27]

  • 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:[28]

  • 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

2014

See also: Texas' 14th Congressional District elections, 2014

Weber is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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 Republican primary on May 29, 2012. 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.[29][30][31][32]

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
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.[35]

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.[36] Weber raised $250,978 for his campaign; Murphy raised $30,997.[37]

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.[38]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Weber's reports.[39]

Randy Weber (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2013$44,529.79$105,845.29$(36,178.19)$114,196.89
July Quarterly[41]July 15, 2013$114,196.89$113,078.35$(55,393.93)$171,881.31
October Quarterly[42]October 15, 2013$171,881$105,237$(43,177)$233,940
Year-End[43]January 31, 2014$233,940$64,588$(50,545)$247,983
Pre-Primary[44]February 20, 2014$247,983$57,037$(32,350)$272,669
April Quarterly[45]April 15, 2014$272,669$68,071$(29,095)$311,645
Running totals
$513,856.64$(246,739.12)

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.[46] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[47]

Cost per vote

Weber spent $9.81 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Weber raised a total of $130,073 in 2010. Below are Eissler's top 6 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[48]

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:[49]

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

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[50]

Weber most often votes with:

Weber least often votes with:

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.[51]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Weber's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $401,005 and $1,264,999. That averages to $833,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Weber ranked as the 226th most wealthy representative in 2012.[52]

Randy Weber Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$833,00238.72%
2011$600,501N/A

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress 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.[53]

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."[54] 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."[55]

Personal

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

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 National Journal "Texas, 14th House District: Randy Weber (R)," November 7, 2012
  2. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Weber
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, With clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Weber
  27. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed January 22, 2014
  28. Weber for Texas Issues
  29. Republican candidate list
  30. Unofficial Republican primary results
  31. Associated Press primary runoff results
  32. Texas Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report-2012 Republican Party Primary Runoff," accessed August 30, 2012
  33. myfoxphoenix.com "Texas candidates vie to fill Ron Paul's seat, if not his shoes" Accessed May 26, 2012
  34. Campaign website Accessed May 26, 2012
  35. Official Texas Election Results
  36. Texas House official election results for 2008
  37. District 29 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
  38. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Randy Weber," Accessed March 25, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission "Randy Weber Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Randy Weber April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Randy Weber July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Randy Weber October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Randy Weber Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Randy Weber Pre-Primary," accessed April 20, 2014
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Randy Weber April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  46. Open Secrets "Randy Weber 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  47. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  48. Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
  49. Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
  50. OpenCongress, "Randy Weber," Accessed August 2, 2013
  51. GovTrack, "Randy Weber," Accessed April 2, 2013
  52. OpenSecrets.org, "Randy Weber (R-Texas), 2012"
  53. OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
  54. Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
  55. Empower Texans, "2011 Taxpayer Champions
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Ron Paul
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas District 14
2013-present
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Texas House District 29
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