Randolph Blake Farenthold (born December 12, 1961) is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 27th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Early life and education
Farenthold was born and raised in Corpus Christi, the son of Mary Sue (née Ogg) and George Randolph Farenthold. His paternal grandfather was Belgian, born in Brussels. Farenthold attended Incarnate Word Academy and the University of Texas at Austin where he received a BS in Radio, Television, and Film. He also graduated from St.
Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio.
Farenthold's pre-political career includes working as a radio disc jockey in high school and college, seven years of practicing law at the Kleberg Law Firm in Corpus Christi and founding Farenthold Consulting LLC, a computer consulting and web design firm.
Farenthold co-hosted Lago in the Morning, a conservative talk radio program, until he began his political campaign.
U.S. House of Representatives
Farenthold was presumed to have defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. Solomon Ortiz by 799 votes on election night but Ortiz asked for a manual recount. On Monday, November 22, Ortiz conceded to Farenthold. Farenthold's final margin of victory over Ortiz was 47.85 to 47.1 percent—the original 799 votes.
Farenthold's victory was viewed by many as one of the biggest upsets of an election in which Republicans gained 63 House seats nationwide. Ortiz represented the district since its creation in 1982, and had never faced serious opposition before.
Farenthold has joined the Republican Study Committee, as well as the Tea Party Caucus. His congressional district runs along the south Texas gulf coast from Corpus Christi to Brownsville.
Farenthold lives with his wife Debbie and two daughters Morgan and Amanda in Corpus Christi. He is the step-grandson of Sissy Farenthold, a long-time liberal Democratic icon in Texas, who was married to his grandfather, George Farenthold, from 1950-1985.
February 20th, 2012