Congressman John Culberson is a free market, Constitutional conservative who is committed to Thomas Jefferson’s vision of limited government and individual liberty by preserving the 10th Amendment sovereignty of the States. John's goal is to “Let Texans Run Texas.” John Culberson was elected in 2000 to represent the 7th District, a seat first held by President George H. W. Bush when he was elected as the district's first congressman in 1966. In 1970, Bill Archer was elected as our second congressman, and he rose to become Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
In his first term, John's freshman colleagues elected him to represent them on the House Steering Committee, which makes committee assignments and selects committee chairmen. John made sure all of his freshmen colleagues got their first choice in committee assignments, and by placing himself last, when a spot opened up on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, John was selected to serve. He has used the power of the purse entrusted to Congress to rein in the Obama Administration repeatedly. As chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Subcommittee, John persuaded the ATF to drop the Obama Administration's proposal to ban .223 and other rifle ammunition. John's work defending our Second Amendment rights have earned him the National Rifle Association's highest rating of A+ and 100%, and the National Shooting Sports Association named him their 2015 Legislator of the Year.
The CJS Subcommittee oversees the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation, and other related agencies. As Chairman, John is committed to ensuring that the Attorney General respects the rule of law and providing America’s law enforcement officers with the resources they need to protect our lives and property.
As a long-time space-enthusiast and NASA advocate, one of John’s top priorities is to see NASA return to the glory days of Apollo to ensure America remains the world-leader in space exploration. He is also a zealous advocate for increasing national investment in medical and scientific research, and recognizes that breakthroughs in these areas are vital to the economic and technological challenges we face in the 21st century.
John's highest priority is securing our southern border with zero tolerance for illegal entry into the United States. He understands this is a law enforcement issue, and he is aggressively using the power of the purse to pressure DOJ prosecutors to enforce our existing immigration laws. John is also using financial pressure to force DOJ to cut off federal law enforcement funding to sanctuary cities.
John is a lead co-author of a Constitutional amendment to balance the budget, and he had been a lead co-author of the Fair Tax to replace the income tax with a national retail sales tax. John also believes in cost-effective transportation projects that reduce congestion on Houston’s busy freeways. His signature transportation project, the Katy Freeway expansion, is the nation’s first and so far only Interstate highway with locally operated toll lanes. The project was finished years ahead of schedule, and according to TxDOT has cut travel time in half. A life-long Texan, John Culberson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1981. After college, he worked for his father’s political consulting and advertising agency before earning a Juris Doctorate degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston. Before his election to Congress, he practiced law as a civil defense attorney with the Houston firm Lorance and Thompson.
In 1986, John was elected to the Texas House of Representatives while he was a law student. He spent 14 years in the Texas House and in his last term in 1999, he was selected by his peers to serve as Minority Whip. He is best remembered in Austin for his successful effort to restore state control of the Texas prison system from a federal judge. After introducing and passing legislation in the Texas House, and drafting key pieces of federal law, John fought in court on behalf of his legislation and the ruling returned full authority over state prisons to the Texas Legislature.
John is a fifth generation Texan and a third generation Houstonian. John and his wife, Belinda, have lived in Copperfield since 1993 and have been married over 25 years. Their 19 year old daughter, Caroline, is a freshman liberal arts honors student at the University of Texas at Austin. They are members of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church.