Jodey Arrington

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Jodey Arrington
Jodey Arrington 115th congress photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 19th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Randy Neugebauer
Personal details
Born Jodey Cook Arrington
(1972-03-09) March 9, 1972 (age 45)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Anne Arrington
Alma mater Plainview High School
Texas Tech University
McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University
Occupation Executive
Religion Christianity
Website House website

Jodey Cook Arrington /ˈærɪŋtən/ (born March 9, 1972) is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 19th congressional district. He was a member of both the gubernatorial and presidential administrations of George W. Bush.[1] He was named appointments manager for Governor Bush in 1996. In 2000, he was appointed Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of Presidential Personnel.[2] In December 2001, Donald E. Powell, the 18th Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation hired Arrington as the agency's chief of staff.[3]

He later served as deputy federal coordinator for the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding. In 2006, Arrington left the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding to return to his alma mater, Texas Tech University as its systemc Chief of staff and later as vice chancellor for research and commercialization. Arrington currently serves as president of Scott Laboratories in Lubbock.

Early life and education[edit]

Arrington was raised in Plainview in Hale County on the South Texas Plains to Gene and Betty Arrington. His father played basketball at Texas Tech,[4][5] having lettered in 1958, 1959, and 1960[6] under coach Polk Robison. In high school, Arrington was a multi-sport athlete, and was a state-ranked tennis player.[7]

After graduating from Plainview High School, Arrington attended Texas Tech, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta men's fraternity. He also walked on to the football team under Spike Dykes. He graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, but remained at Texas Tech to pursue a Master of Public Administration degree, which he completed in 1997. In 2004, he earned a Certificate of International Business Management from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Governor's Office[edit]

In 1996, Arrington was hired by Governor George W. Bush as an appointments manager.[8]

White House[edit]

After Bush's election as president in 2000, Arrington was asked to join the White House staff as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of Presidential Personnel,[9] where he served under Clay Johnson III. For the next year, Arrington briefed and made recommendations to the President, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Chief of Staff Andy Card. During his time in the Office of Presidential Personnel, Arrington managed an executive search team that helped the Office fill over 5,000 total executive level, board, and commission positions.[citation needed] He specialized in appointments relating to energy, the environment, and natural resources.[10]

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation[edit]

In late December 2001, at age 28, Arrington became one of the youngest chiefs of staff in the history of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation,[11][12] where he served under the 18th chairman, Donald E. Powell.[13] As Powell's chief of staff, Arrington managed and oversaw the offices of the Chairman, Policy Development, and Public Affairs, all of which he reorganized to increase efficiency. In 2002, Arrington began chairing the FDIC Board Appeals Committee[13] and served in Powell's place on the Audit Committee.[citation needed]

Gulf Coast rebuilding[edit]

In 2005, in the wake of FEMA's response to Hurricane Katrina, President Bush established the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding by executive order.[14] Bush appointed Don Powell as Federal Coordinator, who appointed Arrington as Deputy Federal Coordinator and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Arrington worked with the Governors of the affected states, as well as military officials, local authorities and charitable organizations.[1][3][15] Powell and Arrington were responsible for developing and executing the Federal Government's recovery efforts, as well as coordinating with local, state and federal officials. By the end of Arrington's first year in the Gulf Coast, he had aided Powell in the procurement and implementation of much of the $120 billion spent on infrastructure and assistance relief.[1]

Texas Tech[edit]

After a year with the Federal Coordinator's post, Arrington returned home to his alma mater, Texas Tech, to serve as its System's Chief of Staff.[16] The Tech System includes Texas Tech University, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and Angelo State University. He also served as the primary liaison to the Vice Chancellors throughout the System.[citation needed]

In 2011, Arrington was named Vice Chancellor for Research and Commercialization at Texas Tech University System. During his seven-year tenure with the Texas Tech University System, Arrington served as chairman on the Task Force for Enrollment Growth and was the chief architect of “Leading the Way,” the strategic plan for the universities within the TTU System.[17]

One of Arrington's biggest contributions was his role in helping TTUHSC secure the naming rights to the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health.[18] Since securing the naming rights in 2007, the institute has been responsible for raising nearly $10 million for healthcare issues affecting women.[citation needed]

Scott Laboratories[edit]

In 2014, Arrington became president of Scott Laboratories in Lubbock, Texas. As President of a healthcare innovation holding company, which includes a comprehensive health system, Arrington's primary role is launching and growing new ventures as well as supporting new revenue opportunities at the health system.

He is currently focused on developing a tele-health startup, launching an innovative insurance product, and establishing a digital marketing platform for the health system.[19]

Political career[edit]

Arrington was elected to the United States Congress representing Texas District 19 in the November 2016 national election.[20]

He ran unsuccessfully in 2014 in a special election for the Texas State Senate District 28. He was defeated by fellow Republican Charles Perry, 53 to 30 percent, who still holds the seat.[21]

With Republican Representative Randy Neugebauer of Texas's 19th congressional district choosing to retire in 2016, Arrington decided to run for his seat. Glen Robertson led a nine-candidate field in the primary election held on March 1 with 27,791 (26.7 percent) of the ballots cast, followed by Arrington's 26,980 (26 percent). In third place was Michael Bob Starr, the former commander of Dyess Air Force Base who led handily in Abilene and finished with 22,256 votes (21.4 percent). Laredo surgeon Donald R. May finished fourth with 9,592 votes (9.2 percent).[22][23]

In the runoff election held on May 24, 2016, Arrington defeated Robertson, 25,214 (53.7 percent) to 21,769 (46.3 percent) to become the Republican nominee.[24] He faced no Democratic opponent in the congressional general election on November 8, 2016. Arrington polled 176,314 votes (86.7 percent)' the Libertarian Troy Bonar trailed with 17,376 votes (8.5 percent), and the Green candidate, Mark Lawson, polled 9,785 votes (4.8 percent).[25]

The 19th District has a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+26, making it the third-most Republican district in Texas and the 12th-most Republican district in the nation. When Arrington takes office on January 3, 2017, he will become only the fifth person to represent this district since its creation in 1935.

Political stances[edit]

National security[edit]

Arrington supported President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order curtailing Middle Eastern immigration. He stated that “It is important that our commander in chief puts the safety of Americans first. Given concerns about the inadequate vetting of refugees and problems with our immigration system, this temporary pause is intended to ensure the safety of our citizens.”[26]

Unemployment benefits[edit]

In defending a proposal to cut access to the SNAP program (food stamps), Arrington cited the biblical passage Thessalonians 3-10. “He says even when we were with you we give you this rule, ‘If a man will not work he shall not eat.’ And he goes on to say ‘We heard that some of you are idle.’ I think that every American, Republican or Democrat wants to help the needy among us. And I think it’s a reasonable expectation that we have work requirements. I think that gives more credibility, frankly, to SNAP."[27]

Awards and honors[edit]

Arrington was the recipient of the 2003 Distinguished Public Service Award as part of the 22nd annual Center for Public Service Symposium in Lubbock, Texas.[28]


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  17. ^ "Arrington Leaves TTU System for Private Sector | Texas Tech University System". Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
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  19. ^ "New Medical Facility Coming to Lubbock". Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
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  21. ^ "Perry Wins Special Election for Senate Seat". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Republican primary returns". Texas Secretary of State. March 1, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2016. 
  23. ^ Matt Dotray (March 2, 2016). "Robertson and Arrington make runoff election in Congressional race". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved March 3, 2016. 
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  25. ^ "Election Results". Texas Secretary of State. November 8, 2016. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  26. ^ Blake, Aaron. "Coffman, Gardner join Republicans against President Trump’s travel ban; here’s where the rest stand". Denver Post. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
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Preceded by
Randy Neugebauer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 19th congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Brad Schneider
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Don Bacon