Randy Weber

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Randy Weber
Randy Weber official congressional photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 14th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Ron Paul
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 29th district
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Mike O'Day
Succeeded by Ed Thompson
Pearland City Councilman
In office
1990–1996
Personal details
Born Randall Keith Weber
(1953-07-02) July 2, 1953 (age 64)
Pearland, Texas, U.S.
Political party Republican (1990–present)
Spouse(s) Brenda
Children 3
Residence Alvin, Texas, U.S.
Alma mater University of Houston–Clear Lake
Profession Small businessman and politician
Website House website

Randall Keith Weber (born July 2, 1953)[1] is an American businessman and a politician. He is a member of the United States House of Representatives. He has represented Texas' 14th congressional district since 2013, succeeding Ron Paul. He defeated former Congressman Nick Lampson on November 6, 2012, by a 53% to 45% margin. He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing the 29th district. He is a member of the Republican Party.[2]

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

He graduated from Alvin Community College and in 1977 earned a BS in public affairs from the University of Houston–Clear Lake. In 1981, he founded Weber’s Air & Heat Air-Conditioning Company.[3]

Early political career[edit]

He was a city councilman of Pearland, Texas for six years. In addition he served as Brazoria County Grand Jury Commissioner, Brazoria County Redistricting Committee, Texas Republican Party Convention delegate, president of Brazoria County Cities Association, member of the Brazoria County Republican Party, and chairman of the Pearland Area Republican Party Headquarters.[4]

Texas House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

After State Representative Glenda Dawson died on September 12, 2006,[5] a special election was held on December 19. Businessman Mike P. O'Day earned 48% of the vote, falling just short of the 50% threshold. Weber earned 28% of the vote, qualifying for the run-off.[6] In the January run-off, O'Day defeated him 57%–43%.[7]

O'Day decided to retire. Weber ran for the March 2008 primary and won with 59% of the vote.[8] He won the general election with 60% of the vote.[9] He won re-election to a second term in 2010 with 85% of the vote.[10]

Tenure[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Border & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee (Vice Chairman)
  • Public Education Committee[11]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2012

After Republican U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas' 14th congressional district decided to retire, nine Republicans decided to run in the newly redrawn district. Weber received endorsements from Governor Rick Perry and Ron Paul. He ranked first with 28% of the vote, but failed to reach the 50% threshold. In the run-off, he defeated Pearland City Councilwoman Felicia Harris 62%–37%.[12] He faced former Congressman Nick Lampson in the general election; Lampson jumped into the race after the 14th had been redrawn to include much of the territory he had represented in Congress from 1997 to 2005. In the general election held on November 6, 2012, Weber defeated Lampson by a 53% to 45% margin.[2] Based upon Weber's vote total in 2012, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball named Weber one of their "Underachievers" because he received only 54% of the vote in his Congressional district while Mitt Romney received 59%.[13]

Committee assignments[edit]

Controversies[edit]

In January 2014, during President Obama's State of the Union address, Weber in a tweet referred to the President as "Kommandant-In-Chef" [sic] and "the Socialist dictator." After the White House apologized for failing to send a more high profile leader to a demonstration in Paris following the January 2015 terrorist attacks in that city, Weber tweeted, "Even Adolph [sic] Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris."[15] Weber then wrote that he needed to "apologize to all those offended by my tweet". He did not choose to withdraw his earlier tweet made during the State of the Union address.[15]

Weber was reelected on November 8, 2016. He polled 160,631 votes (61.9 percent) to 99,054 (38.1 percent) for the Democrat Michael Cole.[16]

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to Brenda Weber, a Pearland schoolteacher, for over 30 years. They have three children and four grandchildren.[3] He lives in Alvin, Texas.[17]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mike O'Day
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 29th district

2009–2013
Succeeded by
Ed Thompson
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ron Paul
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 14th congressional district

2013–present
Incumbent
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Jackie Walorski
Seniority in the U.S. House of Representatives
308th
Succeeded by
Brad Wenstrup