About Joe

Congressman Joe Barton has dedicated himself to helping the people he represents in the 6th District by fighting for the rights put forth by our founding fathers. He turned a campaign slogan – “Joe Barton listens to us in Texas and works for us in Washington” – into a way of life by consistently voting to lower taxes and limit government interference. Congressman Joe Barton was first elected to serve the Sixth District of Texas in 1984.  He is the Chairman Emeritus and the most senior Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over energy, public health, commerce, trade, telecommunications, and other marketplace interests.

Barton has committed himself to passing energy legislation that promotes high supply, low demand, consumer-friendly prices while ensuring environmental protection.  Most recently, Barton led the fight in the House to repeal the antiquated ban on crude oil exports. This job creating legislation was signed into law in December 2015. The Dallas Morning News wrote in January 2016, “The House is full of members who vote on bills certain to never become law, and somehow claim victory. Barton knows that victory is measured in the bills that pass.”

In the past year, he led the efforts to stop President Obama’s radical EPA from crushing the Texas economy and killing jobs with needless over-regulations based more in politics than science.

Barton remains a steadfast leader on tax reform through the promotion of lower taxes and financial freedom, and he continues to fight for the basic rights put forth by our Constitution.

He has always supported our troops and their mission abroad.  Barton believes that in a time of uncertainty the only sure way to defend and protect Americans is through a strong and unified national defense.

Barton has long believed that life begins at conception and we must do everything in our power to stand for the unborn. The recent revelations at Planned Parenthood have only reignited the fire and he will continue the fight until all abortion is illegal.

As founding co-chairman of the Congressional Privacy Caucus, he continues working to preserve the financial and medical privacy of you and your children and promotes safety and privacy in the ever-expanding Internet universe.

Barton also works hard to help organizations who help people in the 6th District. His work in Washington has brought needed funding to the Hope Clinic in Ellis County, which provides medical care to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it.

Joe Barton was born on September 15, 1949 in Waco, Texas.  He attended Texas A&M University, where he was the outstanding industrial engineering student for the Class of 1972, and he went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University.  In 1981, he was selected for the prestigious White House Fellows Program, and served as an aide to then-Energy Secretary James B. Edwards.

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