U.S. Rep. District 35 - Democrat
(Biographies from candidate websites or provided by campaigns)
Lloyd Doggett: Working for Us
U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s record shows his willingness to stand up for Texas families. He serves on the House Budget Committee and House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over all tax and trade measures, as well as Social Security and Medicare. He is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Human Resources, which has jurisdiction over issues that relate to the public assistance provisions of the Social Security Act, including child care, child and family services, child support, foster care, adoption, and low-income energy assistance. He served a two-year term as Chairman of the Texas Democratic delegation and in January, 2011 was re-elected to another two-year term.
“No to Wall Street Bailouts”
Congressman Doggett voted against the big bank bailouts and voted to pass the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, that helps end bailouts and puts a cop on the Wall Street beat to protect families from corporate greed.
“A Family Doctor for Every Family”
Congressman Doggett strongly supported health insurance reform with a goal that every family have access to a family doctor and to ensure big insurance companies treat families fairly.
He was born, raised, and educated in Central Texas – the only place he has ever called home. After graduating at the top of his class at UT Austin’s College of Business Administration, where he also served as student body president, he graduated with honors from UT’s School of Law.
“Untiring Work Ethic”
It was his untiring work ethic that distinguished his 11 years of service in the Texas Senate – he worked to keep public education affordable for all and opposed deficit financing schemes, supporting “pay as you go” budgeting believing you can care for people and be careful with their tax dollars. He authored the Texas Sunset Act, requiring periodic review to modify or abolish ineffective state laws and bureaucracies. He also authored the law that created the Texas Commission on Human Rights to prohibit discrimination.
Elected in 1988 to serve as Justice to the Texas Supreme Court, he wrote opinions supporting the right to a trial by jury and authored an important rule bolstering the public’s access to information. Lloyd Doggett served as Chair of the Supreme Court Task Force on Judicial Ethics and was recognized as an “Outstanding Judge in Texas” by the Mexican-American Bar of Texas, awarded the James Madison Award from the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, and received the First Amendment Award from the National Society of Professional Journalists. In April 2011, he received the American Bar Association’s Justice Award for his work on legislation that assists with funding for legal services to the disadvantaged.
Congressman Doggett has been honored with the national AARP 2008 Legislative Achievement Award for his leadership on Medicare. For his work ensuring families have access to health care, he received awards from the National Association of Community Health Centers and the Texas Association of Community Health Centers. For his work protecting the environment, Doggett was honored in 2006 by the Texas League of Conservation Voters with its inaugural Environmental Champion Award.
For his efforts on behalf of small business and economic development, the Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Commerce honored Doggett as the 2006 Business Advocate of the Year in government. As both a product of and active proponent for public education, Doggett was one of eight alumni honored in a Hall of Fame. Doggett was honored as the 2011 Legislator of the Year by Voices for Adoption for his work on his bipartisan Child Family Services Improvement Act, which the President signed into law.
Doggett’s wife, Libby, serves as Director of an initiative at the Pew Charitable Trusts to promote smart state policies and investments in quality, home-based programs for new and expectant families. They have two daughters. Lisa, an Austin physician, directs a clinic that focuses on treating the uninsured. Cathy, a former schoolteacher, now trains teachers how to be more effective in the classroom. The Doggetts have three granddaughters, Ella, Clara, and Zayla.