Rep.-elect Brian Babin (R-Texas-36)

DATE OF BIRTH: March 23, 1948
BIRTHPLACE: Port Arthur, Texas
RESIDENCE: Woodville, Texas
EDUCATION: B.S., Lamar University; D.D.S., University of Texas Dental School
PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: Mayor of Woodville
FAMILY: Wife, Roxanne; five children

After two failed attempts, Brian Babin has made it to Congress. Babin replaces Rep. Steve Stockman (R) after Stockman moved to challenge Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), unsuccessfully, in the Republican primary for Senate.

Babin ran for Congress in 1996 and 1998, losing both times after controversies over campaign contributions and the resignation of his gay campaign manager.

Babin, a dentist and retired captain in the U.S. Air Force, has close ties to George W. Bush and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Both appointed him to serve on the Lower Neches Valley Authority, which oversees water quality. During the campaign, he made water conservation, repealing ObamaCare and border security top agenda items.

To pay his college tuition, Babin and wife, Roxanne, sang folk music in restaurants.