The Hill’s 2012 New Members Guide: Page 84 of 93

Rep.-elect Marc Veasey (D-Texas-33)

DATE OF BIRTH: Jan. 3, 1971

BIRTHPLACE: Tarrant County, Texas

RESIDENCE: Fort Worth, Texas

OCCUPATION: Teacher and sportswriter

EDUCATION: B.S., Texas Wesleyan University

PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: Representative in the Texas State House

FAMILY: Wife, Tonya; one child

Marc Veasey beat Republican opponent Chuck Bradley in a new district created by the state’s redistricting process.

His campaign focused on four main issues; education, healthcare, jobs and immigration, as well as his belief that school closures and teacher layoffs in North Texas were due to Republicans cutting $5.4 billion from the public education system. 

He was an early favorite to win the race in this Dem-leaning district and had the backing of Democratic leadership, including House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.).

Veasey has long been interested in politics. He told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram earlier this year that it started when he was 13 years old watching TV at his grandmother’s house, when the White House press briefing came on.

“I was fascinated with politics from then on,” he said.