|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 19th district
June 3, 2003
|Preceded by||Larry Combest|
|Born||Robert Randolph Neugebauer
December 24, 1949
St. Louis, Missouri
|Spouse(s)||Dana Collins Neugebauer|
|Alma mater||Coronado High School
|Occupation||Accountant, real estate developer|
Robert Randolph Neugebauer, known as Randy Neugebauer (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.
Early life, education and career 
Neugebauer (pronounced Naw-guh-bow-er) 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. 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. Neugebauer graduated from Coronado High School and later from Texas Tech University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting.
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.
Early political career 
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 
Committee assignments 
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Financial Services
- Committee on Science, Space and Technology
Party leadership 
"Baby Killer" remark 
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!" 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. However, reporters and others in the room insisted Neugebauer precisely shouted “Baby killer!", referring to Stupak. 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. 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.
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. Neugebauer’s comment was covered by media worldwide, including Canada’s Macleans magazine, the United Kingdom's The Times and Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald.
Political campaigns 
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.
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% of Neugebauer's former territory. Neugebauer won by 18 points, and has been reelected three more times with no substantive opposition.
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.
Neugebauer faced opposition in the May 29 Republican primary from Chris Winn, who resigned as the Lubbock County Republican chairman to enter the race. Neugebauer handily defeated Winn, 45,372 (74.3%) to 15,675 (25.7%).
Campaign funding 
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. 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. 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 antiabortion groups.
Personal life 
Neugebauer married his high school sweetheart, the former Dana Collins, and they have two sons, Todd Neugebauer, President of Aspect Holdings, LLC, and Toby Neugebauer, the co-CEO of Quantum Energy Partners along with Wil VanLoh, Scott Soler, and D Verma. The Congressman additionally serves as a deacon at his local Baptist church.
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- Abilene Reporter News, Neugebauers mother dies in Abilene, September 19, 2008, http://www.reporternews.com/news/2008/sep/19/neugebauers-mother-dies-in-abilene-at-78/
- "Official website". Randy.house.gov. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
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- Washington Post, House scolds GOP for weekend actions, March 23, 2010, http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/03/hoyer-scolds-gop-for-weekend-a.html?wprss=44
- CBS News, Stupak: Randy Neugebauer should apologize on house floor, March 23, 2010, http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20000997-503544.html
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- Need to know, March 22, 2010, http://www2.macleans.ca/category/need-to-know/?current=117149#post117149
- The Times, March 22, 2010, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7070716.ece
- Sydney Morning Herald, Triumph for president who dared to dream, March 23, 2010, http://www.smh.com.au/world/triumph-for-president-who-dared-to-dream-20100322-qr87.html
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- "About Jim Landtroop". kcbd.com. Retrieved November 5, 2010.
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- "Republican primary election returns, May 29, 2012". enr.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
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- Aspect Energy, LLC, Retrieved April 14, 2013, http://www.aspectenergy.com/index.php?p=mng.r_todd_neugebauer
- Huffington Post, Baby killer heckler outed, March 22, 2010, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/craig-crawford/baby-killer-heckler-outed_b_508834.html.
- U.S. Representative Randy Neugebauer official U.S. House site
- Randy Neugebauer for U.S. Congress official campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Staff salaries, trips and personal finance (federal office) at LegiStorm.com
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 19th congressional district
|United States order of precedence|
Chris Van Hollen
|United States Representatives by seniority
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