Steve Bartlett

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Steve Bartlett
Steve Bartlett 1990 congressional photo.jpg
56th Mayor of Dallas
In office
Preceded by Annette Strauss
Succeeded by Ron Kirk
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1983 – March 11, 1991
Preceded by James M. Collins
Succeeded by Sam Johnson
Dallas City Council
In office
Personal details
Born Harry Steven Bartlett
(1947-09-19) September 19, 1947 (age 69)
Los Angeles, California
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Gail Coke Bartlett
Residence Virginia[1]
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin (B.A. 1971)
Occupation Former president & CEO of Financial Services Roundtable (President and CEO 1999–2012)
Committees U.S. House Banking Committee (1983–1991)

Harry Steven Bartlett, known as Steve Bartlett (born September 19, 1947) is the former President and CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, an advocacy group lobbying the U.S. federal government on financial services legislation, a position which he held from 1999 to 2012.[2] He is a former U.S. congressman from Texas's 3rd congressional district, a mayor of Dallas, Texas, and member of the Dallas City Council.

Political offices[edit]

On May 1, 1976, Bartlett was defeated as a delegate in the Republican presidential primary pledged to then U.S. President Gerald R. Ford, Jr. His defeat occurred ironically in Texas's 3rd congressional district, which he later represented in Congress. Victory went to a slate of delegates pledged to Ronald W. Reagan and headed by future State Senator John N. Leedom and Barbara Staff, one of three Reagan co-chairmen in the Texas campaign that year.[3][4]

Bartlett served as a U.S. Representative from 1983 until his resignation in 1991.[5] He won the open seat over former state Representative Kay Bailey Hutchison, later the state treasurer, U.S. senator, and an unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate. The position became vacant when the long-term incumbent, James M. Collins ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate against the Democrat Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr., of Houston.

While in Congress, Bartlett served as a member of the House Banking Committee, where he "led the successful push to let the market set interest rates on government-insured mortgages."[1] He served as Deputy Whip and was a sponsor or principal cosponsor of nearly 20 major pieces of legislation,[citation needed] including the Enhanced Secondary Mortgage Market Act, Fair Labor Standards Act Reforms, FHA Deregulation and the Americans with Disabilities Act.[6]

Bartlett left the House when he was elected to the nonpartisan position as mayor of Dallas. As mayor, Bartlett led an effort to reduce violent crime and adopted a $5 billion capital improvements plan. He worked to significantly improve an economic revitalization, a downtown renaissance, and 30,000 new residential units in or adjacent to downtown Dallas.[citation needed] Bartlett served as the city's executive until 1995.

Private sector and lobbying[edit]

Bartlett was hired to head the Financial Services Roundtable in 1999.[1] In 2012, he was replaced as president and CEO by former Republican presidential candidate and the former Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota.[7]

Following his government service, Bartlett served on a number of boards of directors, including IMCO Recycling, Kaufman and Broad Home Corporation, Sun Coast Industrial and the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. In addition, he also served on the Board of Governors of the National YMCA, the Fannie Mae National Advisory Council and the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Board. In 2001 he served on the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education.[8]

Bartlett has been recognized for his leadership skills by the National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of Independent Business; Ebony, Essence, and Jet magazines; Texas Association for Retarded Citizens; Anti-Defamation League; National Council of La Raza; American Electronics Association; Watchdogs of the Treasury; and Best Dad by the NF Foundation.[2]

In 2011, Bartlett earned about $2 million a year at Financial Services Roundtable.[1]

Other activities[edit]

Bartlett has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and as a member of the Leadership Group on U.S.-Muslim Engagement.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Bartlett was born in Los Angeles, California and reared in Lockhart, Texas. He attended Kimball High School in Dallas, where he met his future wife at a Young Republicans bake sale;[1] he graduated in 1966.[5] Barlett attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a B.A. in 1971.[5] He also became a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Bartlett is married to the former Gail Coke; the Bartletts have three children and three grandchildren.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Protess, Ben (July 14, 2011). "Wall Street Lobbyist Aims to 'Reform the Reform'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  2. ^ a b c "Biography of Bartlett". The Financial Services Roundtable. 
  3. ^ Texas Republican presidential primary returns, May 1, 1976, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P.O. Box 12927, Austin, Texas
  4. ^ Billy Hathorn, "Mayor Ernest Angelo, Jr., of Midland and the 96-0 Reagan Sweep of Texas, May 1, 1976," West Texas Historical Association Yearbook Vol. 86 (2010), p. 82
  5. ^ a b c United States Congress. "Steve Bartlett (id: B000204)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  6. ^[vague]
  7. ^ "Roundtable Management", FSR webpage. Pawlenty is listed as President and CEO and Bartlett as Former President and CEO. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  8. ^ Archived April 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Steve Bartlett, bio, U.S.-Muslim Engagement webpage.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James M. Collins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 3rd congressional district

January 3, 1983 – March 11, 1991
Succeeded by
Sam Johnson
Political offices
Preceded by
Annette Strauss
Mayor of Dallas
Succeeded by
Ron Kirk