|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 10th district
January 3, 2005
|Preceded by||Lloyd Doggett|
|Chairman of the United States House Committee on Homeland Security|
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Peter T. King|
|Born||Michael Thomas McCaul
January 14, 1962
|Alma mater||Trinity University,
St. Mary's University
Michael Thomas McCaul, Sr. (born January 14, 1962) is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 10th congressional district, serving since 2005. Since the beginning of the 113th Congress, he has been the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district stretches from Austin to Houston. He is currently the wealthiest member of Congress.
Early life, education, and law career
McCaul grew up in suburban Dallas to a fourth generation Irish Texan family. He graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Antonio's Trinity University in 1984 and his Juris Doctor from St. Mary's University in 1987. McCaul also attended Harvard University, taking courses in the Kennedy School of Government.
McCaul worked as an attorney and a federal prosecutor before entering politics. He was the Chief of Counterterrorism and National Security for Texas's branch of the US Attorney's office also worked under the Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section. After he left the USDOJ, McCaul took a position as a Deputy Attorney General in 1998 with the Texas Attorney General's Office and served in this capacity until 2002.
U.S. House of Representatives
He ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004. He won a crowded Republican primary in the newly created 10th District. The district was thought to be so heavily Republican that no Democratic candidate even filed, effectively handing the seat to McCaul.
In 2006 he defeated Democratic candidate Ted Ankrum and former Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik with 55% of the vote. McCaul won re-election once again in 2008, against Democratic candidate Larry Joe Doherty and Libertarian candidate Matt Finkel by a 54% to 43% margin.
In 2010, he was re-elected to a fourth term by a wide margin (76.26%) against Democratic candidate Ted Ankrum (22.26%) and Libertarian candidate Jeremiah “JP” Perkins (1.47%).
In August 2011 AlterNet reported that McCaul, along with John Culberson and Ted Poe, was attempting to remove the right of deceased soldiers families to choose which prayers, if any, were to be read at a soldier's funeral. The three politicians were said to be attempting to impose Christian ceremonies on the military funerals of everybody who has served in the military, regardless of whether or not the deceased was Christian and with or without the consent of the family of the deceased. The three politicians stated their demands were a response to Veterans Affairs (VA) banning Christian prayers at military funerals, however, VA state this claim is "blatantly false" as VA respects a families "rights to pray however they choose at our national cemeteries".
In September 2013, McCaul said that he would trust Russians rather than Americans to account for Syria's chemical weapons stockpile. He did say that the monitoring and destruction of the chemical weapons in Syria would have to be overseen by an international commission of the United Nations, emphasizing that Putin and Russia have superior leverage over Syria to better accomplish the removal of WMD from the Syrian arsenal.
- Committee on Ethics
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Committee on Homeland Security
- Committee on Science, Space and Technology
- Congressional High Tech Caucus (Co-Chair)
- Green Schools Caucus
- International Conservation Caucus
- Sportsmen's Caucus
McCaul is married to Linda Mays McCaul. She is the daughter of Clear Channel Communications chairman Lowry Mays and sister of its CEO Mark Mays. In 2011, Roll Call named McCaul the wealthiest member of the United States Congress, surpassing U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA). His current net worth is estimated at $294 million, which is approximately 300% higher than it was last year ($74 million). In 2004, Roll Call estimated his net worth at just $12 million. His wealth increase was due to large monetary transfers from his wife's family. Michael and Linda live in the West Lake Hills neighborhood of Austin, Texas with their children, daughters Caroline, Jewell, Avery, and Lauren, and a son, Michael.
- "State of Texas 2008 General Election Returns". Texas Office of the Secretary of State. 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
- Griffith, Justin (August 5, 2011). "TX Congressmen to force Christian prayer over my dead body.". rockbeyondbelief.com. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
- DiBrance, Alex (August 23, 2011). "Texas Legislators and Christian Groups Fight to Insert God Into Vets' Funerals -- Against Families' Wishes". AlterNet. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
- "McCaul: Put Russian boots on the ground in Syria."
- "The 50 Richest Members of Congress (2011)". Roll Call. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
- Congressman Michael McCaul official U.S. House site
- Michael McCaul for Congress
- Michael McCaul 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 SourceWatch
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 10th congressional district
|Chairman of House Homeland Security Committee
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority