By The Hill Staff - 11/14/12 12:33 AM EST
Rep.-elect Steve StockmanSteve StockmanCruz will skip State of the Union Ethics: Lawmakers didn’t ‘knowingly’ break rules with Azerbaijan gifts Lawmakers deny knowledge of secret funding for 2013 trip MORE (R-Texas-36)
DATE OF BIRTH: Nov. 14, 1956
BIRTHPLACE: Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
RESIDENCE: Friendswood, Texas
OCCUPATION: Business consultant
EDUCATION: San Jacinto College; B.S., University of Houston — Clear Lake
PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: House of Representatives (1995-1997)
FAMILY: Wife, Patti
Steve Stockman has more congressional runs under his belt than most incoming freshmen.
He first ran for Congress in 1990, against then-Democratic Rep. Jack Brooks. He lost to Brooks both that year and again in 1992, but he prevailed in 1994, ending Brooks’s 42-year career.
He only served a single term, as the 1996 election proved an unusual year for Stockman: the district boundaries of his House seat were struck down by the courts as an illegal gerrymander, and Stockman found himself running in a new area. He lost to Democrat Nick Lampson by 6 points.
In 2006, he ran for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s Texas seat and lost.
But in 2012 he triumphed, winning the newly created 36th district in Southeast Texas, which contains parts of his old district and is a heavy-Republican area.