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Ted Poe
Ted Poe.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 2
In office
January 3, 2005-present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 10
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
District attorney, Harris County, TX
Judge, Harris County, TX
Bachelor'sAbilene Christian University
J.D.University of Houston
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force Reserves
Years of service1970-1976
Date of birthSeptember 10, 1948
Place of birthTemple, TX
ProfessionLawyer and judge
Office website
Campaign website
Ted Poe (b. September 10, 1948) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. Poe serves the 2nd congressional district of Texas. He was first elected to the House in 2004. He ran for re-election in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Poe is a "far-right Republican leader".[1]

Poe won re-election on November 6, 2012.[2]


After receiving his bachelor's degree from Abilene Christian University, Poe served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves for six years. During that time, he also earned his J.D. from the University of Houston and started his career as a district attorney.[3] He went on to serve as county judge for over 20 years, and earned a reputation for his unique sentences.[4]


  • 2005-present: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1981-2003: Harris County judge
  • 1973-1981: Harris County district attorney

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Poe is a member of the following House committees[5]:

  • Committee on the Judiciary
    • Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement
    • Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet
  • Committee on Foreign Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia
    • Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations


House Judiciary Committee

Congressman Poe was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee in 2009 and is currently serving in his second term on the committee.[6]. The Congressman serves on the House Judiciary Subcommittees on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security[7] and on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law[8]



See also: Texas' 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Poe ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 2nd District. He ran unopposed in the May 29, 2012, Republican primary. He defeated Jim Dougherty (D), Kenneth Duncan (L), and Mark Roberts (G) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[9][10]

U.S. House, Texas District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Poe Incumbent 64.8% 159,664
     Democratic Jim Dougherty 32.7% 80,512
     Libertarian Kenneth Duncan 1.7% 4,140
     Green Mark A. Roberts 0.8% 2,012
Total Votes 246,328
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Poe won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating David W. Smith (L).[11]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 2, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Poe Incumbent 88.6% 130,020
     Libertarian David W. Smith 11.4% 16,711
Total Votes 146,731

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Poe's reports.[12]

Ted Poe (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2012$1,175,296.95$194,438.69$(58,024.51)$1,311,711.13
Pre-Primary[14]May 17, 2012$1,311,711.13$85,083.39$(31,242.72)$1,365,551.80
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Poe's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Poe won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Poe's campaign committee raised a total of $876,075 and spent $569,846.[15]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Poe paid his congressional staff a total of $867,427 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.[16]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Poe's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-21,985 to $294,999, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[17]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Poe voted with the Republican Party 91.9% of the time, which ranked 144 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[18]

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Turner
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, 2nd District
Succeeded by