|Name||Joe L. Barton|
Ennis, Texas , United States
|| September 15, 1949
|Last Modifed||Mr. Matt|
Oct 23, 2012 11:01am
Married - Methodist -
|Info||Congressman Joe Barton was elected to represent the Sixth District of Texas in 1984, and currently serves as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy & Air Quality of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce. He also serves on the House Science Committee and is a member of the House Republican Steering Committee, a council which sets strategy for House Republicans. |
"Well known for his work ethic and sincerity" (National Journal, 06/01), Barton is currently leading the House charge to pass a comprehensive national energy policy. His Chairmanship includes jurisdiction over a majority of the nation's energy and clean air concerns, and Barton has committed himself to passing legislation promoting an environment of high supply, low demand and consumer-friendly prices. This Congress the Subcommittee has held hearings on issues including nuclear energy, electricity deregulation, oil production, pipeline safety and renewable energy sources, and will next year open the Clean Air Act for reauthorization. Barton is also the author of both the first electricity deregulation legislation to pass a House Subcommittee, The Electricity Competition and Reliability Act of 1999, and the first comprehensive energy policy legislation to pass a House Committee in almost a decade, The Energy Advancement and Conservation Act.
In the last two Congresses, Barton has continued to work diligently to protect individual rights. As a founding member and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Privacy Caucus (CPC) he has worked with his colleagues to preserve Americans' financial and medical privacy, and has in particular used his role as one of Congress' "technology policy players" (Forrester Research, 03/01) to promote legislation and technology directed at protecting privacy on the internet. The founding Co-Chairman of Asthma Awareness Day on Capitol Hill, Barton has also consistently supported legislation to advance research and increase funding for diabetes, cancer and the issues of home, rural and mental health, and in 1997 was responsible for passing landmark legislation to reform the way the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves medical devices. One of Congress' leaders in the war on drugs, Barton was instrumental in obtaining the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) designation for Dallas/Fort Worth, and has utilized his position as Delegate to the Mexico-U.S. Interparliamentary Groups to strengthen the commitment between Mexican and American officials to fight drugs on our borders.
Previously best known for his authorship of the Tax Limitation Amendment, a constitutional amendment requiring a 2/3 vote of the House and Senate before raising taxes, Barton has remained committed to legislation promoting lower taxes and financial freedom. He has supported eliminating the marriage penalty and estate tax, reducing capital gains taxes, retiring the current tax code and reforming bankruptcy laws.
Barton continues to be successful in bringing home results for the Sixth Congressional District by consistently ensuring funding for local projects and bringing exposure to the superior communities, schools, industry and opportunities of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He continues to hold regular town hall meetings for his constituents, as well as issue-oriented "advisory" meetings, which provide constituents with in-depth information and a chance to hear from experts in the relevant field. He also began a Sixth District Women's Focus Group during the 105th Congress, designed to provide an open, informal dialogue on issues important to the women of the Sixth District. He reaches out to local students by regularly visiting elementary and secondary schools throughout the district to participate in career days, anti-drug events and classroom discussions, and has served as a guest lecturer for the Texas Christian University course taught by former House Speaker Jim Wright, and as part of the Southern Methodist University Lecture Series. He was recently named a "key Texas lawmaker" by the Dallas Morning News (07/06/01).
Joe Barton's ancestors settled in Texas during the 1840's. He was born on September 15, 1949 in Waco, Texas, and is a graduate of Waco High School. He earned a four-year Gifford-Hill Opportunity Award scholarship to Texas A&M, where he was the outstanding industrial engineering student for the Class of 1972. After earning a Master's of Science degree in Industrial Administration from the Krannert School of Industrial Administration at Purdue University, he joined Ennis Business Forms in Ennis and Crockett, where he rose to the position of Assistant to the Vice President.
In 1981, he was selected for the prestigious White House Fellows Program and served as an aide to then- Department of Energy Secretary James B. Edwards. In 1982, he returned to Texas as a natural gas decontrol consultant for Atlantic Richfield Oil and Gas Company, before being elected to Congress.
Barton is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ennis, Texas. He is the proud father of three children, and grandfather to two grandchildren