Steve Stockman returned to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013 with a vision of limited government and strong support for American families, robust military and a balanced budget.
Stockman serves on the Science, Space and Technology Committee where he serves on the Subcommittee on Space and is Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Research. He also serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee where he serves on the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations; and the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats.
On November 8, 1994, with enthusiastic grassroots support of some 2,100 volunteers, Steve put an end to the 42-year congressional career of the dean of the House, Texas Congressman Jack Brooks. This earned Steve the title of “Newsmaker of the Year for 1994″ and the nickname “Giant Killer.”
During the first 100 days, Steve fought to reduce the size and scope of the federal government, starting with Congress itself. As sponsor of the Drier/Stockman package of opening day reforms, Steve dramatically pared down the hierarchy of the House by eliminating three full house committees, 23 subcommittees and cutting committee staff by one-third saving taxpayers millions of dollars each year.
Stockman’s opening day reforms required Congress to operate under the same laws as everyone else and eliminated many of the “perks” the former Democrat-controlled Congress had enjoyed. They also required Congress, for the first time, to open Congressional proceedings each day with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Steve worked tirelessly to protect the US Constitution. In less than 100 days, he pushed welfare reform legislation, a $500-per-child tax credit for families, a balanced budget amendment and regulatory relief legislation. He was known as one of the most ardent defenders of Constitution in Congress and was named “The Taxpayer’s Best Friend.”
Steve was a member of the revolutionary freshman class of the 104th Congress; Steve served on the House Committee on Banking and Financial Services and its Subcommittee on Investigations that scrutinized the Clintons over their involvement in the Whitewater scandal. He also served on the House Committee on Science and its Subcommittees on Energy and the Environment.
Steve worked hard to represent the immediate concerns of families and employers in his Texas district. He was the original author of bills to give federal tax credits to anyone who had children in private school or were home educated – later to become a popular alterative to vouchers. Congressman Stockman also co-authored “Megan’s Law,” the well-known law that protects children from pedophiles by allowing notification of communities when a sex offender moves into their midst.
In addition to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, his Texas district contained the highest number per capita of oil and gas refineries and downstream petrochemical plants in the world. Steve authored a comprehensive oil and gas regulatory relief bill, while working to encourage domestic production through exploration credits and incentives.
Other projects included working to save shrimpers by reworking the Endangered Species Act, helping rice farmers avoid mandatory use of farm land and sponsoring a bill making the sale of alcohol to minors illegal.
Congressman Stockman voted to cut taxes, his own pay and pension, and the number of congressional committees. Stockman never asked for nor received a federal earmark to benefit his district. Instead, he believed the best “earmark” he could do for his district was to leave a balanced budget for the next generation.
Some of the awards and commendations awarded Steve were the “Taxpayers Best Friend Award” by Citizens for Tax Reform; a consistent “100 percent” rating by the American Conservative Union; “Taxpayer’s Hero Award” by Citizens Against Government Waste and “Pro-Family Congressman” of the year by the American Family Association.
After leaving Congress in 1997, Steve acquired his series 6 and 36 securities-insurance licenses, served as vice president of a Texas national bank, and later president of a fiber optics company. Steve served as a national and international political consultant for a variety of government and political entities. Congressman Stockman works with non-profits shipping medicine and medical equipment to third world countries.
Congressman Stockman has taught political technology for the Leadership Institute for years all over the country and served as director of its Campus Leadership Program. As director, Steve helped start more then 1,000 conservative groups on college campuses. In addition, he raised well over a million dollars for the program. Both Steve and Patti served with Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation. Steve was a speaker at the UN global warming conference in Copenhagen, Denmark on behalf of Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT).
Later, the Leadership Institute appointed him Vice President of Executive Development. Steve moved to Texas in 1979 and earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. His wife Patti is employed by NASA where oversees all the agency policy on privacy and records management. Patti has also served on the Board of Directors for Concern Woman for America. She is also active in various Christian and conservative causes and enjoys participation in Bible Study Fellowship, International.
Stockman was returned to Congress in 2012 by winning two upset elections, representing Texas’ newly-created 36th District