Marc Veasey

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Marc Veasey
Marc Veasey, Official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 33rd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by District established
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 95th district
In office
January 11, 2005 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Glenn Lewis
Succeeded by Nicole Collier
Personal details
Born (1971-01-03) January 3, 1971 (age 43)
Tarrant County, Texas
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Tonya Veasey
Children Adam Veasey
Residence Fort Worth, TX
Alma mater Texas Wesleyan University
Occupation real estate broker
Religion Christian
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.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Veasey was born on January 3, 1971[1] 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.[2]

Veasey attended Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas.[3] He graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a bachelor of science degree in mass communications.[2][4]

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.[2] Veasey worked for Frost for five years.[5][6]

Texas House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

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.[5] He defeated the incumbent 54%-46% in the Democratic primary.[7] He won the general election unopposed. He was re-elected in 2006 (91%), 2008 (96%), and 2010 (100%).[2][8]

Tenure[edit]

Veasey represented Texas House District 95 from 2005 to 2013.[9] He was the Chair Pro Tempore of the House Democratic Caucus.[10] 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.[11]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Elections Committee
  • Environmental Regulation Committee
  • Pensions, Investments, and Financial Services Committee
  • Redistricting Committee
  • Voter Identification & Voter Fraud Select Committee (Vice Chair)[12]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2012 election[edit]

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.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15] In the run-off primary election, Veasey defeated Garcia 53%-47%. He carried Tarrant with a 68% of the vote, as opposed to Garcia's 70% in Dallas.[16] 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.[17][18] Veasey is the first African American representative elected from Tarrant County.[19]

2014 election[edit]

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).[20] He faces no Republican opponent in the general election but Jason Reeves qualified for the ballot as a Libertarian.[21]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Veasey is married to Tonya Jackson, a former Texas Senate aide.[22] The couple have a son, named Adam Clayton.[23] 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.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

Election results
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
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%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State Rep. Marc Veasey". texastribune.org. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e 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. 
  3. ^ "Marc Veasey: Leader and Candidate for District 33 - Metropolitan - Daily Campus - Southern Methodist University". Smudailycampus.com. 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  4. ^ "Star Telegram: Search Results". 2008-12-14. 
  5. ^ a b Mosier, Jeff (2004-03-10). "Archives | The Dallas Morning News, dallasnews.com". Nl.newsbank.com. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  6. ^ "Star Telegram: Search Results". 2004-01-03. 
  7. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=73749
  8. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/CandidateDetail.html?CandidateID=40128
  9. ^ "Star Telegram: Search Results". 2004-03-14. 
  10. ^ http://www.texastribune.org/directory/marc-veasey/#ui-tabs-1
  11. ^ http://www.marcveasey.com/about-marc/
  12. ^ http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Marc_Veasey
  13. ^ http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/fyiwebdocs/PDF/congress/dist33/m1.pdf
  14. ^ ftp://ftpgis1.tlc.state.tx.us/DistrictViewer/Congress/PlanC235r100.pdf
  15. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=750567
  16. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=767641
  17. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=712463
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ "Democratic primary election returns". team1.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ "Star Telegram: Search Results". 2004-12-12. 
  23. ^ "The Graham Leader". The Graham Leader. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 

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Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Glenn Lewis
Texas Representative from the 95th district
2005–2013
Succeeded by
Nicole Collier
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
newly created district
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 33rd congressional district

2013-Present
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United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
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Juan Vargas
D-California
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Filemon Vela
D-Texas