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Randy Weber
Randy Weber official congressional photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 14th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byRon Paul
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 29th district
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byMike O'Day
Succeeded byEd Thompson
Personal details
Born
Randall Keith Weber

(1953-07-02) July 2, 1953 (age 68)
Pearland, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Brenda Weber
Children3
EducationAlvin Community College
University of Houston–Clear Lake (BS)
WebsiteHouse website

Randall Keith Weber (born July 2, 1953)[1] is an American businessman and politician who has represented Texas's 14th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives since 2013. He was previously a member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing the 29th district. He is a member of the Republican Party.[2]

Early life, education, and business career

Weber graduated from Alvin Community College and in 1977 earned a BS in public affairs from the University of Houston–Clear Lake. In 1981, he founded Weber's Air & Heat Air-Conditioning Company.[3]

Early political career

Weber was a city councilman of Pearland, Texas, for six years. He also served as a Brazoria County Grand Jury Commissioner, a Brazoria County Redistricting Committee member, a Texas Republican Party Convention delegate, president of Brazoria County Cities Association, a Brazoria County Republican Party member, and chair of the Pearland Area Republican Party Headquarters.[4]

Texas House of Representatives

Elections

After State Representative Glenda Dawson died on September 12, 2006,[5] a special election was held on December 19. Businessman Mike P. O'Day earned 48% of the vote, falling just short of the 50% threshold. Weber earned 28% of the vote, qualifying for the runoff.[6] In the January runoff, O'Day defeated him 57%–43%.[7]

After O'Day retired, Weber ran for the March 2008 primary and won with 59% of the vote.[8] He won the general election with 60% of the vote.[9] He was reelected in 2010 with 85% of the vote.[10]

Tenure

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2012

After U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas's 14th congressional district decided to retire, nine Republicans ran in the newly redrawn district. Paul and Governor Rick Perry endorsed Weber. He ranked first with 28% of the vote. In the runoff, he defeated Pearland City Councilwoman Felicia Harris, 62%–37%.[13] He faced former Congressman Nick Lampson in the general election; Lampson jumped into the race after the 14th had been redrawn to include much of the territory he had represented in Congress from 1997 to 2005. In the November 6 general election, Weber defeated Lampson, 53% to 45%.[2] Based upon Weber's vote total, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball named Weber one of its "Underachievers" because he received only 54% of the vote in his district while Mitt Romney received 59%.[14]

2016

Weber was reelected on November 8, 2016. He polled 160,631 votes (61.9%) to Democratic nominee Michael Cole's 99,054 (38.1%).[15]

Tenure

In January 2014, during President Obama's State of the Union address, Weber in a tweet called Obama "Kommandant-In-Chef" [sic] and "the Socialist dictator." After the White House apologized for failing to send a higher-profile leader to a demonstration in Paris after the January 2015 terrorist attacks in that city, Weber tweeted, "Even Adolph [sic] Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris."[16] Weber then wrote that he needed to "apologize to all those offended by my tweet". He did not delete his tweet made during the State of the Union address.[16]

In April 2015, Weber met with Aleksandr Torshin, the alleged handler for Russian spy Maria Butina,[17] according to internal documents from Center for the National Interest.[18]

The American Conservative Union gave him a 92% evaluation, Americans for Prosperity gave him a 94% evaluation, Campaign for Working Families, Concerned Women for America, and Faith and Freedom Coalition each gave him 100% evaluations, Conservative Review gave him a 73% evaluation, Eagle Forum gave him an 80% evaluation, National Journal gave him an 89% evaluation, and the John Birch Society gave him a 67% evaluation.

In December 2020, Weber was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated[19] incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[20][21][22]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of "election subversion." She also reprimanded Weber and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: "The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions."[23][24] New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, citing section three of the 14th Amendment, called for Pelosi to not seat Weber and the other Republicans who signed the brief supporting the suit, arguing that "the text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that."[25]

In June 29, 2021, Weber and other members of the Republican Study Committee went to the Texas/Mexico border for a photo op with refugees. He got a ride from 2020 congressional primary candidate and participant in the storming of the United States Capitol Anthony Aguero, and posted a video of them on his Facebook page.[26]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Personal life

Weber has been married to Brenda Weber, a Pearland schoolteacher, for over 30 years. They have three children and eight grandchildren.[3] He lives in Alvin, Texas.[31]

References

  1. ^ Randy Weber – Texas – Bio, News, Photos – Washington Times Archived 2013-01-10 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Pinkerton, James. GOP's Weber beats Lampson in race to succeed Ron Paul, Houston Chronicle, November 7, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Meet Randy – Randy Weber". randyweber.org. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  4. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  5. ^ Hanson, Eric; Chronicle, Copyright 2006 Houston (2006-09-12). "State Rep. Glenda Dawson, of Pearland, dies". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  6. ^ "Our Campaigns - TX State House 029 - Special Election Race - Dec 19, 2006". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  7. ^ "Our Campaigns - TX State House 029 - Special Election Runoff Race - Jan 16, 2007". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  8. ^ "Our Campaigns - TX State House 029 - R Primary Race - Mar 04, 2008". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  9. ^ "Our Campaigns - TX State House 029 Race - Nov 04, 2008". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  10. ^ "Our Campaigns - TX State House 029 Race - Nov 02, 2010". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  11. ^ Texas House of Representatives : Representative Thompson, Ed
  12. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Our Campaigns - TX District 14 - R Runoff Race - Jul 31, 2012". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  14. ^ Kondik, Kyle. Sanford Joins “the Underachievers”, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, May 9, 2013.
  15. ^ "General Election Results". Texas Secretary of State. November 8, 2016. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  16. ^ a b Ohlheiser, Abby (13 January 2015). "Texas Rep. Randy Weber said Obama is basically worse than Hitler. He has since apologized". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  17. ^ Helson, Kevin. "Butina Affidavit". U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  18. ^ Lynch, Sarah (June 22, 2018). "Exclusive: Alleged Russian agent Butina met with U.S. Treasury, Fed officials". Reuters. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  19. ^ Blood, Michael R.; Riccardi, Nicholas (December 5, 2020). "Biden officially secures enough electors to become president". AP News. Archived from the original on December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  20. ^ Liptak, Adam (2020-12-11). "Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  21. ^ "Order in Pending Case" (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. 2020-12-11. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  22. ^ Diaz, Daniella. "Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court". CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  23. ^ Smith, David (2020-12-12). "Supreme court rejects Trump-backed Texas lawsuit aiming to overturn election results". The Guardian. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  24. ^ "Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Rejecting GOP Election Sabotage Lawsuit" (Press release). Speaker Nancy Pelosi. December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  25. ^ Williams, Jordan (2020-12-11). "Democrat asks Pelosi to refuse to seat lawmakers supporting Trump's election challenges". TheHill. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  26. ^ Videos Show Capitol Rioter Translating For GOP Lawmakers During Border Trip, Forbes Magazine, Andrew Solender, July 2, 2021. Retrieved July 3, 2021.
  27. ^ "What is the House Freedom Caucus, and who's in it?". Pew research center. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  28. ^ "Members". House Baltic Caucus. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  29. ^ "Members". U.S. - Japan Caucus. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  30. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  31. ^ McCutcheon, Michael; Barone, Chuck (2013). 2014 Almanac of American Politics. The University of Chicago Press.

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Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mike O'Day
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 29th district

2009–2013
Succeeded by
Ed Thompson
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ron Paul
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 14th congressional district

2013–present
Incumbent
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Preceded by
Jackie Walorski
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Succeeded by
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