Tribpedia: Pete Sessions

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan to Make Texas Fundraising Swing

Now the U.S. House Speaker, Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, is shown in 2012.
Now the U.S. House Speaker, Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, is shown in 2012.

During an upcoming U.S. House recess this month, House Speaker Paul Ryan will make several stops in some of the richest pockets of the state: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Midland and San Antonio. Several Texas congressmen are expected to be in attendance at Ryan's event in Houston.

From left: U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas; U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin; U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan; and U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis.
From left: U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas; U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin; U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan; and U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis.

Texans to Have Starring Role in Congressional Showdowns

When Congress reconvenes next week after its August recess, there are a couple of things you can count on: impassioned debate on domestic and foreign policy, and Texans having major parts in those debates.

Joined by Dave McIntosh (left), the president of the Washington, D.C-based Club for Growth, and U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at a July 15, 2015, news conference in front the U.S. Capitol to call on U.S. House and Senate leaders to eliminate any path for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.
Joined by Dave McIntosh (left), the president of the Washington, D.C-based Club for Growth, and U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at a July 15, 2015, news conference in front the U.S. Capitol to call on U.S. House and Senate leaders to eliminate any path for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

Ghost of Export-Import Bank Haunts Highway Bill

Two weeks after it was supposedly killed, the federal Export-Import Bank may soon be resuscitated by tagging its future to a massive highway funding bill. The congressional gamesmanship has conservatives vowing to kill the bank for good.

Congressman Ralph Hall waves to the crowd at Frisco 2008 community parade.
Congressman Ralph Hall waves to the crowd at Frisco 2008 community parade.

Tea Party Not Bagging Texas Congressional Seats

The GOP's Tea Party wing has made serious inroads into Texas state offices, but the movement has come up short when it comes to congressional elections, succeeding only once so far in ousting a sitting U.S. House member. Experts say that's a testament to the powers of incumbency.

WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics with (l-r) host Jason Whitely, Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy.
WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics with (l-r) host Jason Whitely, Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy.

Inside Texas Politics: The Last Days of the 84th

On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics, the focus turns to the end of the 84th Legislative session: It all ends Monday, but will it end with a bang or a whimper?

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, have both made education a central point in their gubernatorial bids.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, have both made education a central point in their gubernatorial bids.

The Brief: Davis, Abbott Supporters Differ on Education Priorities

Democrats and Republicans in Texas differ in their enthusiasm for spending more money for education, but they tend to agree on the need to invest more, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Katrina Pierson stands observing the crowd during a candidate forum for Texas Senate candidates held at the Churchill Recreation Center in Dallas, TX, on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
Katrina Pierson stands observing the crowd during a candidate forum for Texas Senate candidates held at the Churchill Recreation Center in Dallas, TX, on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

Consultant Who Stumped for Cruz Targets Sessions

U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, is facing a primary challenge from Katrina Pierson, a candidate with strong ties to the national Tea Party movement and Ted Cruz's successful campaign for U.S. Senate. For Pierson, the campaign is just the latest step in her growing immersion into Texas politics.