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  • 1. Congress Info By: Mandy Turner
  • 2. We are in the 111th Congressional session. There are 535 total members in congress. here ...
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  • 10. Texas' current U.S. Senators are Senator John Cornyn and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. We have a total of 32 representatives, one for each district.
  • 11. Senator John Cornyn
    • First elected in 2002 for six years. He was re-elected in 2008 for another six year term. Total time will be 2002-2014.
    • Was born in Houston, Texas, but raised in San Antonio.
    • In 2007, his years of hard work yielded the OPEN Government Act. The legislation expanded transparency by closing loopholes in the FOIA, helping requestors obtain timely responses and ensuring agencies have strong incentives to act on requests.
  • 12. Additional info about Sen. Cornyn:
    • He wrestled while attending high school in Japan and threw the discus and shot put for the track and field team.
    • He owns several firearms and hunt as often as he can.
    • And, his favorite color is blue!
  • 13. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison:
    • Elected in 1993 and re-elected in both 2000 and 2006. She is serving her 3 rd term.
    • She was born in Galveston, Texas but was raised in La Marque.
  • 14. Also about Sen. Hutchison
    • First and, to date, the only -- woman elected to represent the state in the Senate.
    • In 2001, she was named one of the thirty most powerful women in America by Ladies Home Journal.
  • 15. Our District:
  • 16. Rep. Joe Barton
    • Has served 25 years, first elected in 1984 and re-elected to his 12th term in the House. in 2006.
    • He was the primary House author of the Energy Policy of 2005.
    • Born in Waco, Texas
    • Voted against the Health Care Bill
    • Pays wife for campaign work
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  • 17. Senate leaders:
  • 18. The president of the Senate- Vice President Joe Biden.
    • Was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania but moved to Delaware.
    • First elected in 2009 for his first term
    • Re-election will run in 2012
    • During his first years as senator from Delaware he pushed campaign finance reform measures during his first term.
    • Biden is the first Roman Catholic and the first from Delaware to become vice president of the United States.
  • 19. President Pro Tempore: Robert Byrd
    • Born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina but represents West Virginia
    • Elected 2007, and has been pro tempore twice before
    • Re-election will be when next president enters office
    • is the author of five books including his most recent one, Letter to a New President released in 2008.
    • longest-serving member in congressional history and he’s the first person to serve for half a century as a U.S. senator, uninterrupted
  • 20. Majority Leader: Lisa Brown
    • Born in Robinson, Illinois
    • Elected in 2005, re-election will be in 2011
    • Serving her fourth term in the Senate.
    • Brought her infant son onto the floor during a late-night debate, showing how dedicated she was to family-friendly workplace policies
  • 21. Minority Leader: John Boehner
    • Born in Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Elected in 2007 for the first time as minority leader, but had been majority leader before
    • Boehner authored the Pension Protection Act, one of the most sweeping reform of America's pension laws in more than 30 years
    • In 2008, was considered one of 6 th most powerful congressmen and most powerful republican
  • 22. Asst. Majority Leader: Richard Joseph Durbin
    • Born in East St. Louis, Illinois
    • Elected in 2006 for his 5 th term
    • re-election will be in 2012
    • Supports improving healthcare and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Lung Association after banning smoking on airlines (to prevent children from the harm)
  • 23. Asst. Minority Leader: Jon Kyl
    • Born in Oakland, Nebraska and attended University of Arizona
    • Elected in 2006
    • Considered to be a conservative 
  • 24. House Leaders:
  • 25. Speaker of the House: Nancy Pelosi
    • Born in Baltimore, Maryland
    • Elected in 2009, for her second term as Speaker, re-election will be 2011
    • Held position in the House as minority leader for three terms before becoming the Speaker
    • In the past has been against abortion and the Iraq war, pushed for the healthcare reform with Obama
  • 26. Minority Leader: John Boehner
    • Serving in 2007 for the first time as minority leader, but had been majority leader before
    • Born in Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Boehner authored the Pension Protection Act, one of the most sweeping reform of America's pension laws in more than 30 years
    • In 2008, was considered one of 6th most powerful congressmen and most powerful republican
  • 27. Minority Whip: Eric Cantor
      • Born in Richmond, Virginia
      • Elected in 2008 for first term as minority whip, but served as chief deputy whip for the previous six years
      • Supports the United States-Israel relations
      • August 2008 news reports surfaced that Cantor was being considered as John McCain’s Vice Presidential running mate
      • Met his wife on a blind date
  • 28. Majority Leader: Lisa Brown
    • Born in Robinson, Illinois
    • Elected in 2005, re-election will be in 2011
    • Serving her fourth term in the Senate.
  • 29. Majority Whip: Jim Clyburn
    • Elected in 2008 for his first term as Majority Whip re-election will be in 2011
    • Born in Sumter, South Carolina
    • Has constantly voted for increases in minimum wage income and to restrict employer interference with labor union organization
    • He was elected president of his NAACP youth chapter when he was only 12 years old
  • 30. Current Events:
    • Health Care Bill was passed, and after adjustments were made, passed again.
  • 31. Websites used: http://cornyn.senate.gov/public/ http://www.govtrack.us/congress/findyourreps.xpd?state=TX http://www.nationalatlas.gov/printable/congress.html#tx http://www.whitehouse.gov/