|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 33rd district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||District established|
|Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 95th district
January 11, 2005 – January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Glenn Lewis|
|Succeeded by||Nicole Collier|
January 3, 1971 |
Tarrant County, Texas
|Residence||Fort Worth, TX|
|Alma mater||Texas Wesleyan University|
|Occupation||real estate broker|
|Website||Representative Marc Veasey|
Marc Veasey (born January 3, 1971) is an American politician from Fort Worth, Texas. Veasey is currently the United States Representative for Texas's 33rd congressional district, winning the office in November 2012. Previously he was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 2005 to 2013, where he served as Chair Pro Tempore of the House Democratic Caucus. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
- 1 Early life, education, and early career
- 2 Texas House of Representatives
- 3 U.S. House of Representatives
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Electoral history
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Early life, education, and early career
Veasey was born on January 3, 1971 to Connie and Joseph Veasey. With his parents and brother, Ryan, Veasey and his family lived in numerous rental houses in the Stop Six neighborhood of Fort Worth, Texas. When he was ten years old, his parents divorced, and Marc, Ryan and their mother moved in with their maternal grandmother in the Como neighborhood of Fort Worth.
Veasey worked as a substitute teacher and sportswriter, as well as writing scripts for an advertising agency. One summer, he volunteered for United States Representative Martin Frost, and was hired as a field representative. Veasey worked for Frost for five years.
Texas House of Representatives
As a result of the 2003 Texas redistricting, Frost lost his reelection effort in 2004 to Pete Sessions. In the 2004 elections, Veasey challenged Democratic State Representative Glenn Lewis for Texas's 95th House district. He defeated the incumbent 54%-46% in the Democratic primary. He won the general election unopposed. He was re-elected in 2006 (91%), 2008 (96%), and 2010 (100%).
Veasey represented Texas House District 95 from 2005 to 2013. He was the Chair Pro Tempore of the House Democratic Caucus. He has sponsored measures to create career and technology training in high schools. He authored HB 62 which honored Tim Cole, a Texas Tech University student wrongly convicted of raping a fellow student in 1985. Marc also authored a bill requiring a study to lead to greater enforcement of the James Byrd Jr. hate crime bill.
- Elections Committee
- Environmental Regulation Committee
- Pensions, Investments, and Financial Services Committee
- Redistricting Committee
- Voter Identification & Voter Fraud Select Committee (Vice Chair)
U.S. House of Representatives
Veasey declared his candidacy for Texas's 33rd congressional district, a new congressional district for the United States House of Representatives that was created by reapportionment following the 2010 United States census. The district is based in Tarrant and Dallas counties. It is a heavily Democratic district: the Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI) was D+14. The district is also highly diverse: 66% Hispanic and 17% African American.
Eleven candidates filed to run in the Democratic primary. Veasey finished first, but failed to reach the 50% threshold needed to win the primary outright. He received 37% of the vote. State Representative Domingo García ranked second with 25% of the vote, qualifying for the run-off election. Veasey won Tarrant with 49% of the vote, while Garcia won Dallas with 44% of the vote. In the run-off primary election, Veasey defeated Garcia 53%-47%. He carried Tarrant with a whopping 68% of the vote. Garcia couldn't make up the difference in Dallas, in which he won overwhelmingly with 70% of the vote. In the general election, he defeated Republican Chuck Bradley 73%-26%. He won Tarrant with 78% of the vote and Dallas with 66% of the vote. Veasey is the first African American representative elected from Tarrant County.
Veasey won re-nomination in the March 4 primary election by defeating Tom Sanchez, 13,285 votes (73.5 percent) to 4,797 (26.5 percent). He faces no Republican opponent in the general election but Jason Reeves qualified for the ballot as a Libertarian.
- Committee on Armed Services
- Committee on Science, Space and Technology
Veasey is married to Tonya Jackson, a former Texas Senate aide. The couple have a son, named Adam Clayton. Veasey's uncle, Robert James English, was a television reporter and worked for Jim Wright, the former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
|2004||State Representative||Primary||Marc Veasey||Democratic||4,880||54.29%||Glenn Lewis (i)||Democratic||4,109||45.71%|
|2004||State Representative||General||Marc Veasey||Democratic||33,769||100.00%|
|2006||State Representative||Primary||Marc Veasey (i)||Democratic||3,665||100.00%|
|2006||State Representative||General||Marc Veasey (i)||Democratic||18,259||90.53%||John Paul Robinson||Libertarian||1,909||9.47%|
|2008||State Representative||Primary||Marc Veasey (i)||Democratic||17,505||100.00%|
|2008||State Representative||General||Marc Veasey (i)||Democratic||39,150||95.52%||Hy Siegel||Libertarian||1,838||4.48%|
|2010||State Representative||Primary||Marc Veasey (i)||Democratic||4,337||100.00%|
|2010||State Representative||General||Marc Veasey (i)||Democratic||19,835||100.00%|
|2012||U.S. Representative||Primary||Marc Veasey||Democratic||6,938||36.77%||Domingo Garcia||Democratic||4,715||24.99%||Kathleen Hicks||Democratic||2,372||12.57%|
|David Alameel||Democratic||2,064||10.94%||Manuel Valdez||Democratic||884||4.69%|
|Steve Salazar||Democratic||482||2.56%||Chrysta Castaneda||Democratic||395||2.09%|
|Jason E. Roberts||Democratic||342||1.81%||Carlos Quintanilla||Democratic||286||1.52%|
|Kyev P. Tatum, Sr.||Democratic||201||1.07%||J. R. Molina||Democratic||189||1.00%|
|2012||U.S. Representative||Primary Runoff||Marc Veasey||Democratic||10,766||52.73%||Domingo Garcia||Democratic||9,653||47.27%|
|2012||U.S. Representative||General||Marc Veasey||Democratic||85,114||72.51%||Chuck Bradley||Republican||30,252||25.77%||Ed Lindsay||Green||2,009||1.71%|
- "State Rep. Marc Veasey". texastribune.org. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- Tinsley, Anna M. (2012-07-22). "Marc Veasey hopes his years in politics will help open a new chapter | Local Elections |". Star-telegram.com. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
- "Marc Veasey: Leader and Candidate for District 33 - Metropolitan - Daily Campus - Southern Methodist University". Smudailycampus.com. 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
- "Star Telegram: Search Results". 2008-12-14.
- Mosier, Jeff (2004-03-10). "Archives | The Dallas Morning News, dallasnews.com". Nl.newsbank.com. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
- "Star Telegram: Search Results". 2004-01-03.
- "Star Telegram: Search Results". 2004-03-14.
- Tinsley, Anna M. (2010-08-28). "Marc Veasey, Roger Williams set to join North Texas congressional delegation | Elections &". Star-telegram.com. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
- Tinsley, Anna M. (2010-08-28). "Fort Worth's Veasey wins runoff for U.S. House seat | Elections & Politics | News from F". Star-telegram.com. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
- "Democratic primary election returns". team1.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
- Young, Stephen (July 10, 2014). "Meet Jason Reeves, the Guy Guaranteed to Finish at Least Second to Marc Veasey". Unfair Park (Dallas Observer). Retrieved July 14, 2014.
- "Star Telegram: Search Results". 2004-12-12.
- "The Graham Leader". The Graham Leader. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mark Veasey.|
- Congressman Marc Veasey official U.S. House website
- Marc Veasey for Congress
- Marc Veasey at DMOZ
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Profile at the Texas Tribune
- Profile at TexasDirectory.com
- Profie at Texas Political Almanac
- Profile at Vote-TX.org
|Texas House of Representatives|
|Texas Representative from the 95th district
|United States House of Representatives|
newly created district
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 33rd congressional district
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority