|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 2nd district
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Steve Pearce|
|Succeeded by||Steve Pearce|
June 29, 1949 |
|Residence||Hobbs, New Mexico|
|Occupation||Oil company executive|
|Website||Harry for Congress|
Early life, education and career
Teague grew up in an impoverished family of sharecroppers and lived the first nine years of his life in rural central Oklahoma without running water. His family moved to Hobbs, New Mexico when he was nine years old. He attended Hobbs High School but dropped out at the age of 17 to work in the oil fields to support his sick parents. He is married to Nancy Teague and has two children and five grandchildren. Teague is a small business owner of a company that now employs 250 people and is a member of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association.
Early political career
Teague was elected as a Democrat to the Republican-controlled Lea County Board of Commissioners. He served on the Board for eight years, and was elected chairman by his fellow Board members for three and a half of those years.
U.S. House of Representatives
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Early in the 111th Congress, Teague introduced legislation that would modify the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 by providing for the refundability of the child tax credit for five years and extending credit for electricity produced using certain renewable resources. This legislation has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.
Teague is a co-sponsor of the Southwest Border Violence Reduction Act of 2009, which would direct the United States Attorney General to expand resources for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives initiative to identify, investigate, and prosecute firearms trafficking across the U.S. border with Mexico. The bill has been referred to both the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
On January 28, 2009, the House agreed to an amendment, proposed by Teague, to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The amendment requires the Recovery.gov website to have links to job information at public agencies receiving funding under the bill and at private firms contracted to perform work under the bill. Later that day, the House voted, 244-188, to pass the Act.
In June 2009, Teague voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act. At a meeting that occurred following the vote, a group of Tea Party activists disrupted the meeting because they were upset that Teague was meeting with constituents on a one-on-one basis, and to express their frustration with the vote. A 2009 Pew Environment Group poll had found that 69% of voters in New Mexico's 2nd district would support an energy bill that mandated electric utilities to generate 20% of their electricity from renewable sources and reduce carbon emissions.
In 2008, Republican incumbent Steve Pearce of the 2nd congressional district declined to run for re-election, instead unsuccessfully seeking the U.S. Senate seat left open by the retirement of Pete Domenici. Teague ran for the Democratic nomination against Bill McCamley, winning with 52 percent of the primary vote. The winner of the five-way Republican primary was Edward R. Tinsley, a Capitan rancher and the owner of the K-Bob's Steakhouse restaurant chain.
Although the 2nd has historically been the most conservative district in New Mexico, polls showed the race to be very competitive. Ultimately, Teague won in the general election with 56 percent of the vote to Tinsley's 44 percent. He received strong support from the western side of the district, as well as from its large Latino population. Teague and the Democratic Party outspent Tinsley and the Republican Party by over $3 million in the 2008 campaign.
His victory returned the 2nd to the Democrats for the first time in 28 years.
- Korte, Tim (2008-11-04). "Teague ends 28-year GOP hold in 2nd District". KOB-TV. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
- Elect an entrepreneur - Harry Teague. CNN Money.
- Korte, Tim (2008-11-08). "US House Race in NM Pits Oilman Against Rancher". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
- Nylen, Leah. 111th House Freshmen: Harry Teague, D-N.M. (2). CQ Politics. November 5, 2008.
- Calmes, Jackie (29 January 2009). "House Passes Stimulus Plan With No G.O.P. Votes". The New York Times. Retrieved February 7, 2009.
- FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 887 (Affordable Health Care for America Act) House.gov
- FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 477 (American Clean Energy and Security Act) House.gov
- More rude nonsense from Tea Partiers. New Mexico Politics: New Mexico FBIHOP
- "Will Teague hear what his constituents are saying? | NMPolitics.net – Get the real story". Nmpolitics.net. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
- Kaplun, Alex (November 17, 2009). "Political fallout of vote for climate bill tested in House race in N.M.". E&E Publishing. Retrieved 2010-07-01.
- Eyewitness News 4
- Harry Teague for Congress official campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Profile at SourceWatch
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 2nd congressional district
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