Tom DeLay is the founding principal of the firm that bears his name. A native of Laredo, in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, Congressman DeLay spent a number of years growing up in Venezuela. A graduate of the University of Houston, he first entered elective politics at the age of 32, when he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives for the first of what would be three terms.

Elected to Congress in 1984, Congressman DeLay rapidly rose through the ranks of elected officials as a member of the Republican minority in President Ronald Reagan’s second term. Appointed to the powerful House Executive Committee in his first term, Congressman DeLay immediately showed his ability to manage authority and navigate politics, assuming responsibility for making committee assignments for all Republican congressmen. Two years later his abilities earned him a spot on the powerful and coveted House Appropriations Committee, where he had a major voice in deciding where government resources should be spent.

Congressman DeLay demonstrated a tireless work ethic and an ability to understand how to use House Rules to his advantage, frequently winning political skirmishes pundits expected Republicans – then the minority party — would lose. In addition to using House Rules to his advantage, Mr. DeLay had an uncanny ability to count – and keep – votes. Combined with an instinctive understanding of political strategy, Congressman DeLay began planning for an eventual Republican takeover of the U.S. House. That occurred in 1994, and Congressman DeLay was elected Majority Whip, the third most powerful position in the House.

As Majority Whip, Congressman DeLay was responsible for pushing through a variety of conservative legislative priorities that had been held up for years. Combining an understanding of House rules and an unparalleled ability to assemble enough votes to pass legislation, Congressman DeLay in one term successfully “whipped” 300 out of 303 bills.

One of the most significant fights in Congressman long DeLay’s political career occurred in 1998, when the Majority Whip personally demanded the impeachment of Bill Clinton for lying under oath. The Majority Whip was successful again and for only the second time in U.S. history, Congress impeached the President of the United States. In 2003, Congress elected Congressman DeLay Majority Leader, the second most powerful position in the House.

Today, Leader DeLay remains active in politics and is highly sought after for political advice and strategy. A frequent speaker, he draws from his substantial experience to explain the importance of America returning to a political system based on faith and understanding the Constitution. He and his wife Christine live in the Houston area.

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