Houston is my home. I was born and raised in West University and went to West U Elementary and graduated from Lamar High School. As a third-generation Houstonian and a fifth-generation Texan, and a 25-year resident of Copperfield, it’s an honor to represent our hometown in Congress.
Since I was first elected, my principal promise to District 7 has been to protect our quality of life so that Houston will always be a safe, fun and friendly place to raise a family and run a business.
District 7 voters have entrusted me with their votes since 2000 because I’ve kept my word to them. This has enabled me to build enough seniority in Congress to become a member of the influential House Appropriations Committee where I can deliver significant results for Houston and for Texas to protect our safety, our economy, and our quality of life.
Being on the Appropriations Committee is the reason I was able to spearhead $141 billion in hurricane relief and deliver $457 million in flood control dollars to Harris County. The most recent hurricane relief bill provides help for homeowners, business owners and to repair and expand our flood control system. The Houston Chronicle said, “we don’t want to think what would have happened to Houston after Harvey if John Culberson had not been in Congress.”
As the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, I am responsible for being a good steward of our scarce and hard-earned tax dollars. I focus our dollars effectively where they will do the most good and have the most impact to protect our safety, promote economic growth and revitalize scientific research and space exploration.
For example, I have dramatically increased the number of U.S. attorneys and judges prosecuting crime and smuggling on our southern border. I also secured millions of dollars to protect victims of human trafficking, to protect missing and exploited children and to protect women from violence.
One of my missions as chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science is to properly fund NASA and restore America’s space program to the glory days of Apollo. I believe in protecting scientific research from political pressure. I pledge to passionately protect the independence of scientists and scientific research, so we can get objective and accurate data to make good policy decisions.
While I may not be alive to witness some of the missions my committee is funding, my daughter and her children will be. And I share the feelings of my favorite Founding Father Thomas Jefferson who often said, “I like the dreams of the future better than the memories of the past.”
Next to being a father and a husband, representing my neighbors in District 7 is the greatest joy and privilege of my life. I have kept my word to grow the American economy by helping to spearhead passage of the largest tax cuts in US history; to ensure our safety by enforcing our immigration laws, securing our southern border and protecting our most vulnerable; to strengthen our flood control network; to expand the Katy Freeway in record time with no earmarks; to protect the quality of life and businesses in the Galleria and Afton Oaks by keeping rail off of Post Oak and Richmond; to expand Houston’s oil and gas industry by eliminating the oil export ban and opening up access to shale production in west Texas and offshore drilling in the Gulf, and above all by working every day to make Houston and Texas an even better place to live.
My wife, Belinda, and I have been married for more than 25 years. Our daughter, Caroline, is currently a liberal arts honors student at the University of Texas. We are members of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church and associate members of Second Baptist Church.
Proverbs tell us that our good name is our most valuable possession and is worth more than all the gold and silver on Earth. I believe this to my core, and I will always do my very best to represent you honorably and consistently as a free market fiscal conservative who is devoted to letting Texans run Texas and to making the dreams of the future come true.