Randy Neugebauer

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Randy Neugebauer
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 19th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 3, 2003
Preceded by Larry Combest
Personal details
Born Robert Randolph Neugebauer
(1949-12-24) December 24, 1949 (age 64)
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Dana Collins Neugebauer
Children Todd Neugebauer

Toby Neugebauer

Residence Lubbock, Texas
Alma mater Coronado High School

Texas Tech University

Occupation Accountant, real estate developer
Religion Southern Baptist

Robert Randolph "Randy" Neugebauer[1] (born December 24, 1949), is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 19th congressional district, having served since a special election in 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes a large swath of West Texas, including Lubbock and Abilene. According to a 2011 survey by the National Journal, Neugebauer is "the most conservative" member of the House.[2]

Early life, education and career[edit]

Neugebauer (pronounced NAG AH BOWER) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and reared in Lubbock. His father was an insurance salesman and his mother a real estate agent and interior designer. He has two brothers, Jon and Bradley, and a sister, Virginia Volpe.[3] When Randy was nine years old, his parents divorced, and his father died soon thereafter. In 1963, his mother married Joe W. Smith, a bank manager.[4] Neugebauer graduated from Coronado High School and later from Texas Tech University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the College of Business Administration (now Rawls College of Business).[5]

Like his mother, Neugebauer has long been involved in the real estate business, having served as president of the development company Lubbock Land before his election to Congress. He is a former president of the Texas Association of Builders from 1996 to 1997.[5]

Early political career[edit]

From 1992 to 1998, Neugebauer was a Lubbock city councilman. He was mayor pro tempore from 1994 to 1996. While involved in Lubbock government, Neugebauer worked to reduce taxes and to privatize municipal services.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Party leadership[edit]

"Baby Killer" remark[edit]

On March 21, 2010, during the debate in the House of Representatives of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Neugebauer yelled out "Baby killer!"[6] The remark was believed to have been directed at Representative Bart Stupak of Michigan, a leader of the anti-abortion Democrats in the House, who was discussing a motion filed by the Republicans. While immediate inquiries began to determine who shouted the words, more than 12 hours later, on March 22, 2010, Neugebauer publicly identified himself as the person, apologized for the incident and argued that his words were "It's a baby killer", referring to the bill, not Stupak himself.[7][8]

However, reporters and others in the room insisted Neugebauer precisely shouted “Baby killer!", referring to Stupak.[9] Stupak said that he does not “buy” Neugebauer's description of the outburst, said his words were “very clear”, and believes Neugebauer should apologize for his remark on the floor of the US House.[10][11] In contrast to Neugebauer's "baby killer" comment, Stupak and the Politifact watchdog group agree, "there will be no public funding of abortion in this legislation" that Neugebauer detests.[12]

The New York Times and Colorado Springs Gazette have compared Neugebauer's comment to Joe Wilson shouting "You lie!" during President Barack Obama's September 2009 address to Congress, and to racial and sexual slurs said to have been shouted at Democratic legislators outside the Capitol building by members of the public who opposed the bill during the 48 hours preceding Neugebauer's March 21, 2010, outburst.[13][14][15] Neugebauer's comment was covered by media worldwide, including Canada's Macleans magazine,[16] the United Kingdom's The Times,[17] and Australia's Sydney Morning Herald.[18]

Legislation sponsored[edit]

Neugebauer has sponsored the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act of 2013 (H.R. 1155; 113th Congress) (H.R. 1155), a bill meant to reduce the regulatory costs of complying with multiple states' requirements for insurance companies, making it easier for the same corporation to operate in multiple states.[19] The bill would transform the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers (NARAB) into a clearing house that set up its own standards that insurance companies would be required to meet in order to do business in other states.[19] In this new system, however, the insurance company would only have to meet the requirements of their home state and the NARAB (only two entities), not their home state and every other state they wished to operate in (multiple entities).[19]

Proponents of the bill argued that it would help lower costs for insurance companies and make insurance cheaper for people to buy. It passed the House on September 10, 2013.[20]

On April 26, 2013, Neugebauer introduced the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2014 (H.R. 1786; 113th Congress), a bill that would reauthorize the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP), which was created to improve the understanding of windstorms and their impacts and to develop measures to reduce the damage they cause.[21][22]

National World War II Memorial confrontation[edit]

On October 2, 2013, during the United States federal government shutdown of 2013, Neugebauer publicly scolded a National Park Service ranger who was enforcing the agency's closure of the National World War II Memorial due to the lapse in appropriations.[23][24] His actions were widely criticized in the media,[25][26][27][28][29][30] and he has responded that his words were taken out of context.[31][23]

Political campaigns[edit]

Neugebauer was elected to Congress after a hotly contested special election runoff in the spring of 2003. The seat came open after 18-year Republican incumbent Larry Combest announced his retirement not long after having been reelected to a 10th term in 2002. The 19th is one of the most conservative areas of Texas (indeed, in the entire nation), and it was taken for granted that Combest would be succeeded by another Republican, though at the time Combest had been the only Republican to have represented the 19th District.[32]

Neugebauer finished first in the crowded seven-way, all-Republican field. However, as he finished well short of a majority, he forced into a second round of balloting with fellow Republican Mike Conaway of Midland, the chairman of the Texas Board of Public Accountancy and a friend of President George W. Bush. In a close third-place finish in the first round of balloting was then-State Representative Carl Isett of Lubbock. In the runoff election, Neugebauer defeated Conaway by only 587 votes, becoming only the fourth person to represent the 19th since its creation in 1935. Soon afterward in 2004, Conaway won election to Congress in the newly reconfigured Texas' 11th congressional district.

Neugebauer ran for a full term in 2004, facing 26-year incumbent Democrat Charles Stenholm of Abilene. Stenholm had previously represented the Abilene-based Texas' 17th congressional district, but that district had been dismantled in the 2003 Texas redistricting. The largest chunk of Stenholm's former territory was thrown into Neugebauer's district. Although Stenholm had more seniority, the new district retained about 60 percent of Neugebauer's former territory. Neugebauer won by 18 points, and has been reelected four more times with little substantive opposition.

2010[edit]

In the 2010 Texas House of Representatives election, Neugebauer supported the election of the conservative Jim Landtroop to the District 85 seat. Landtroop had worked in past Neugebauer campaigns and is a member of the congressman's campaign finance committee. Landtroop upset the Democratic incumbent Joseph P. Heflin of Crosbyton[33] but was himself unseated after one term in a revised district by Republican Ken King of Canadian in Hemphill County.

2012[edit]

Neugebauer faced opposition in the May 29 Republican primary from Chris Winn, who resigned as the Lubbock County Republican chairman to enter the race.[34] Neugebauer defeated Winn, 45,372 (74.3%) to 15,675 (25.7%).[35]

2014[edit]

In December 2013, Chris Winn announced that he would again challenge Neugebauer in the Republican primary scheduled for March 4, 2014. A third Lubbock Republican also filed for the seat, Donald R. May, a retired retinal surgeon.[36]Neugebauer easily won re-nomination to a seventh term in the House. He polled 39,584 votes (64.4 percent); May and Winn trailed with 14,486 votes (23.6 percent) and 7,422 (12.1 percent), respectively.[37]

Campaign funding[edit]

During the first seven years of his political career, from 2003 to February 2010, he has raised $6.4 million, most of these funds coming from the oil and gas, real estate, commercial banking and crop production/processing industries, and leadership PACs.[38][39] His largest corporate and association donors have been the National Auto Dealers Association, National Association of Home Builders, Quantum Energy Partners, the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the National Association of Realtors.[40] Outspoken against abortion during Congress' debate on health care reform legislation, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, Neugebauer has received a total of $3,000 during his career from people and committees associated with pro-life groups.[41]

Personal life[edit]

Neugebauer married his high school sweetheart, the former Dana Collins, and they have two sons, Todd Neugebauer, President of Aspect Holdings, LLC,[42] and Toby Neugebauer, the co-CEO of Quantum Energy Partners. As of 2010, Neugebauer served as a deacon at a Southern Baptist church.[43]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Politics of Oil - The Center for Public Integrity". Projects.publicintegrity.org. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  2. ^ "Vote Ratings 2010". National Journal. Atlantic Media. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ Lubbock Avalanche Journal, Kathleene H. Smith Obituary, September 21, 2008.
  4. ^ Abilene Reporter News, Neugebauers mother dies in Abilene, September 19, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Official website". Randy.house.gov. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  6. ^ Gillman, Todd J. (March 22, 2010). ""Baby Killer" shout came from Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Lubbock". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  7. ^ "Neugebauer statement on ‘baby killer’ comment". NBC News. March 22, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  8. ^ Choate, Trish (March 22, 2010). "Texas Republican says he shouted 'baby killer'". Times Record News. 
  9. ^ CQ Politics, March 22, 2010, Trail Mix
  10. ^ Pershing, Ben (March 23, 2010). "Hoyer scolds GOP for weekend actions but doesn't want Neugebauer apology". The Washington Post. 
  11. ^ Levi, Michelle (March 23, 2010). "Stupak: Randy Neugebauer Should Apologize on House Floor for "Baby Killer" Remark". CBS News. 
  12. ^ "Recent statements involving Bart Stupak". Politifact. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ Noveck, Jocelyn (March 22, 2010). "Before health vote, a weekend of ugly discourse". San Jose Mercury News. AP. 
  14. ^ Abrams, Jim (March 22, 2010). "Texas Republican says he shouted 'baby killer'". The Boston Globe. AP. 
  15. ^ Abrams, Jim (March 22, 2010). "Texas Republican says he shouted ‘baby killer’". Colorado Springs Gazette. 
  16. ^ "Texas Rep. shouted "baby killer!" during health care debate". Maclean's. March 22, 2010. 
  17. ^ [1][dead link]
  18. ^ Mann, Simon (March 23, 2010). "Triumph for President who dared to dream". Sydney Morning Herald. 
  19. ^ a b c Kasperowicz, Pete (September 10, 2013). "House votes to streamline cross-state insurance sales". The Hill. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  20. ^ "H.R. 1155 - Actions". United States Congress. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  21. ^ "CBO - H.R. 1786". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  22. ^ "H.R. 1786 - All Actions". United States Congress. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  23. ^ a b Young, Adam D. (Posted: October 4, 2013 - 11:15am  ; Updated: October 5, 2013 - 12:43am). "Watchdog group files ethics complaint against Neugebauer over WWII Memorial incident". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Newspaper. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Congressman Confronts Park Ranger Over Closed WWII Memorial". NBC Washington. 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  25. ^ Bad Behavior in Washington, Editorial Board, Kansas City Star, October 4, 2013.
  26. ^ Arguing with the Public Is Not a Good Look for GOP Congressmen, Dashiell Bennett, The Atlantic Monthly, October 3, 2013.
  27. ^ Shutdown Showdown, Brandon Watson, Austin Chronicle, October 3, 2013.
  28. ^ Lawmaker lambasted for his rant at ranger, Trish Choate, Wichita Falls Times Record News, October 4, 2013.
  29. ^ GOP Congressman Makes Park Ranger Apologize for Shutdown, Neetzan Zimmerman, Gawker.com, October 3, 2013; accessed October 7, 2013.
  30. ^ Congressman Confronts Park Ranger Over Closed WWII Memorial, Mark Segraves, October 3, 2013, 4 NBC Washington; accessed October 7, 2013.
  31. ^ Texas congressman says 'beef' wasn't with ranger, Associated Press, Midland Reporter-Telegram, October 4, 2013.
  32. ^ "Congressman Randy Neugebauer : Home". Randy.house.gov. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  33. ^ "About Jim Landtroop". kcbd.com. Retrieved November 5, 2010. 
  34. ^ "GOP chairman in Lubbock County challenges Neugebauer in the primary". republicansin.com. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  35. ^ "Republican primary election returns, May 29, 2012". enr.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  36. ^ "Cole Shooter, Chris Winn Files to Run Against Randy Neugebauer in 2014 Republican Primary, December 9, 2013". KFYO (AM). Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  37. ^ "Republican primary election returns, March 4, 2014". enr.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  38. ^ Center for Responsive Politics
  39. ^ Center for Responsive Politics
  40. ^ Center for Responsive Politics
  41. ^ Levinthal, Dave (March 22, 2010). "Baby Killer' Yeller Randy Neugebauer Far From Abortion Opponents' Favorite Candidate", Center for Responsive Politics.
  42. ^ Management: R. Todd Neugebauer, Aspect Energy, LLC, Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  43. ^ Huffington Post, Baby killer heckler outed, March 22, 2010.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Larry Combest
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 19th congressional district

2003–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Chris Van Hollen
D-Maryland
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Succeeded by
G. K. Butterfield
D-North Carolina