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The U.S. Representative for Texas's 19th congressional district, serving since a special election in 2003.
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Robert Randolph "Randy" Neugebauer (born December 24, 1949) is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 19th congressional district, serving since a special election in 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes a large swath of West Texas, including Lubbock and Abilene. According to a 2011 survey by the National Journal, Neugebauer is the most conservative member in the House.

 

Early life, education and career

Neugebauer (pronounced Naw-guh-bow-er) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and raised in Lubbock. His father was an insurance salesman and his mother a real estate agent and interior designer. They had two children, Randy and John. When Randy was 9-years old, his parents divorced, and his father died soon thereafter. In 1963, his mother married Joe W. Smith, a bank manager. Neugebauer graduated from Coronado High School and later from Texas Tech University in 1972 with a bachelor of business administration in accounting.

Neugebauer has long been involved in the real estate business, having served as president of the development company Lubbock Land before his election to Congress. He was also the president of the state Homebuilders Association from 1996 to 1997.

Early political career

Neugebauer was a Lubbock city councilman from 1992 to 1998. He was mayor pro tempore from 1994 to 1996. While involved in Lubbock government, Neugebauer worked to reduce taxes and to privatize city services.

U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

  • Committee on Agriculture
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
    • Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry
  • Committee on Financial Services
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Chairman)
  • Committee on Science, Space and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Environment
    • Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation
  • Congressional Hispanic Conference {associate member}
  • Tea Party Caucus

Party leadership

  • Republican Study Committee

"Baby Killer" remark

On March 21, 2010, during the debate in the House of Representatives of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Neugebauer yelled out "Baby killer!" The remark was believed to have been directed at Representative Bart Stupak of Michigan, a leader of the anti-abortion Democrats in the House, who was discussing a motion filed by the Republicans. While immediate inquiries began to determine who shouted the words, it wasn't until more than 12 hours later, on March 22, 2010, that Neugebauer publicly identified himself as the person, apologized for the incident and argued that his words were "It's a baby killer," referring to the bill, not Stupak himself. However, reporters and others in the room insist that Neugebauer precisely shouted “Baby killer!", referring to Stupak. Stupak said that he doesn’t “buy” Neugebauer’s description of the outburst, said his words were “very clear,” and believes that Neugebauer should apologize for his remark on the floor of the US House. In contrast to Neugebauer's "baby killer" comment, Stupak and the Politifact watchdog group agree that "there will be no public funding of abortion in this legislation" that Neugebauer detests.

The New York Times and Colorado Springs Gazette have compared Neugebauer's comment to Joe Wilson shouting "You lie!" during President Barack Obama’s September 2009 address to Congress, and to racial and sexual slurs said to have been shouted at Democratic legislators outside the Capitol building by members of the public who opposed the bill during the 48 hours preceding Neugebauer's March 21, 2010 outburst. Neugebauer’s comment was covered by media worldwide including Canada’s Macleans magazine, the United Kingdom's The Times and Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald.

Political campaigns

Neugebauer was elected to Congress after a hotly contested special election runoff in the spring of 2003. The seat came open after 18-year Republican incumbent Larry Combest announced his retirement not long after having been reelected to a 10th term in 2002. The 19th is one of the most conservative areas of Texas (indeed, in the entire nation), and it was taken for granted that Combest would be succeeded by another Republican.

Neugebauer finished first in the crowded seven-way, all-Republican field. However, as he finished well short of a majority, he forced into a second round of balloting with fellow Republican Mike Conaway of Midland, the chairman of the Texas Board of Public Accountancy and a friend of President George W. Bush. In a close third-place finish in the first round of balloting was State Representative Carl Isett of Lubbock. In the runoff election, Neugebauer defeated Conaway by only 587 votes, becoming only the fourth person to represent the 19th since its creation in 1935. Soon afterward, Conaway won election to Congress in the newly created 11th District in 2004.

Neugebauer ran for a full term in 2004, facing 26-year incumbent Democrat Charles Stenholm of Abilene. Stenholm had previously represented the Abilene-based 17th District, but that district had been dismantled in the 2003 Texas redistricting. The largest chunk of Stenholm's former territory was thrown into Neugebauer's district. Although Stenholm had more seniority, the new district retained about 60 percent of Neugebauer's former territory. Neugebauer won by 18 points, and has been reelected three more times with no substantive opposition.

2010

In the 2010 Texas House of Representatives election, Neugebauer supported the election of the conservative Jim Landtroop to the District 85 seat. Landtroop had worked in past Neugebauer campaigns and is a member of the congressman's campaign finance committee. Landtroop upset the Democratic incumbent Joseph P. Heflin of Crosbyton.

Campaign funding

During the first seven years of his political career, from 2003 to February 2010, he has raised $6.4 million, most of these funds coming from the oil and gas, real estate, commercial banks and crop production/processing industries, and leadership PACs.[20][21] His largest corporate and association donors have been the National Auto Dealers Association, National Association of Home Builders, Quantum Energy Partners, the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the National Association of Realtors. Outspoken against abortion during Congress’ debate on health care reform legislation, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics Neugebauer has received a total of $3,000 during his career from people and committees associated with anti-abortion groups.

Personal life

Neugebauer married his high school sweetheart, Dana Collins, and they had one son named Toby who was the co-ceo of Quantum Energy Partners along with Wil VanLoh, Scott Soler, and D Verma. He additionally serves as a deacon at his local Baptist church.

 

 

Source: wikipedia

 

February 15th, 2012

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