John Culberson was born in Houston, Texas. He began working for the law firm of Lorance and Thompson as a civil defense attorney after he graduated from law school. After being elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1986, he became a member of the Republican Whip team and became Minority Whip in 1999 during his last term. He was then elected in 2000 to represent the 7th District.
In Congress, John’s priorities include restoring the 10th amendment which called to further define the balance of power, strengthening the economy by cutting taxes, creating jobs, and balancing the budget, securing the border, advancing medical and scientific research, and improving Houston transportation. Culberson describes himself as a "Fiscally conservative 'Jeffersonian Republican'... committed to Thomas Jefferson's vision of limited government, individual liberty, and states' rights."
His endorsements include the Houston Chronicle, the Texas Tribune, Politico and the American Council on Science and Health.
Protecting our quality of life also means securing our border and enforcing our laws that will keep our streets safe.
As Chairman of the Subcommittee that funds all federal law enforcement, I have focused on hiring additional prosecutors and federal investigators to truly secure the southern border and to fight human trafficking. I have also supported legislation to ensure that children are not separated from theirtrafficking. I have also supported legislation to ensure that children are not separated from their parents when the parents are apprehended because they entered the United States illegally.
I have also made record increases in the funding levels for the law enforcement grant programs that help state and local law enforcement agencies eliminate the rape kit backlog, to protect women and children against violence, and increase school safety. I successfully passed legislation with Senator John Cornyn to ensure that the National Instant Background Check database is accurate so that criminals, like the man responsible for the shooting in Sutherland Springs, cannot legally buy a gun.
We need to strictly enforce our existing gun laws to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and people suffering from mental illness. We must also balance the rights of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment in the Constitution.
I was proud to help pass the largest tax cut in American history last year. As a direct result, our economy is thundering, and American dollars stranded offshore are returning to the U.S. in record numbers. Ninety percent of Americans saw an increase in their take-home pay, millions of Americans earned bonuses, the nation’s unemployment rate has dropped, and consumer and business confidence in the economy continues to grow.
Texas is abundantly blessed with nearly immeasurable oil and gas reserves, and Texas will be the nation's principal producer of energy for decades to come. America is on the brink of being the world's largest energy exporter, due to the repeal of the oil-export ban, which I strongly supported and spearheaded in the House. Ending our dependence on foreign oil will pay dividends for Texas and Houston. Oil-and-gas jobs are critically important to the economy of the 7th District, and I have been a steadfast champion of creating an energy strategy that supports the industry and creates jobs.
Among our economic engines is the Texas Medical Center. It is the best and largest in the world and is a leader in innovation and research. I’ll will always fight to protect it, and I will continue to be a zealous advocate for increasing national investment in medical and scientific research. Breakthroughs in these areas are vital to the economic and technological challenges we face in the 21st century.
The Constitution outlines our nation’s defense as one of the federal government’s top priorities. Because of this, I have consistently voted to increase funding for our military since I first came to Congress. I have also worked to increase the quality of life for our men and women in uniform and their families, as well as our nation’s veterans.
We must ensure that our troops have the resources and support they need from Congress, while leaving strategic and tactical decisions to the commanders in the field. Congress should not micromanage or second-guess decisions made in real time on the battlefield.
Keeping my word is a fundamental part of my job as your representative. My first campaign promise was to expand the Katy Freeway, which we did ahead of schedule and under budget. Opening up the Katy Freeway was like giving west Houston coronary bypass surgery, by reducing commute times so we can spend more time with our families instead of wasting it in traffic.
Recently, through my position on the Appropriations Committee, I was able to secure funding to rebuild the 610 Loop from I-69 to I-10. This is sorely needed for the region because it is considered the most congested section of expressway in Texas.
It’s also important to support other transit solutions like METRO. I have secured more than $46 million to help support METRO’s rail lines to the north and southeast and more than $7 million to improve METRO’s bus lines. I view METRO as a partner and have worked to try to change laws making it easier for the agency to use federal money on regional transportation projects that are cost effective and move the most amount of people.
Protecting the quality of life in our neighborhoods is a vitally important part of my job, which is why I have steadfastly opposed the construction of METRO’s rail lines on Richmond and Post Oak through the Galleria. Voters did not approve the Richmond rail line, and residents along both routes have strenuously opposed the project. I changed federal law to ensure that METRO must ask voters for their approval on the cost and specific routes for any new rail lines, guaranteeing they will have the final say on METRO rail.
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