Tell us about your work / research. What kinds of things do you do?
I represent Texas' 7th Congressional District, which is in west Houston. I serve on the House Appropriations Committee and I am the Chairman of the Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee on Appropriations. I am responsible for funding the Departments of Commerce and Justice, NASA, NOAA and the National Science Foundation.
What sparked your initial interest in your career?
I served in the Texas legislature prior to being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?
Founding Father Thomas Jefferson influences my legislative decisions. He believed that if you apply the Constitution to any problem that the knot would untie itself.
What element of your work / study do you think is the most fascinating?
As the Chairman of the Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee on Appropriations, I fund NASA and am equally passionate about ocean exploration. I am passionate about providing both with the resources they need to fulfill their missions.
What other jobs led you to your current career?
Prior to being an elected official, I was an attorney and I have a passion for the law and the U.S. Constitution. I ran for office so that I could protect the Constitution, promote the 10th Amendment, and let Texans run Texas.
What are your degrees and certifications?
Bachelor of Arts in History- Southern Methodist University, Juris Doctor- South Texas College of Law
What are your hobbies?
I am an amateur astronomer and I love reading historical literature.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career like yours?
Being an elected official is about serving others and fighting for what you think is right. Get involved in causes that are important to you and make sure to vote.