Tribpedia: Tom Leppert

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Tom Leppert, currently running in the Texas GOP primary for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison, is a businessman and former mayor (2007–11) of Dallas, where he lives with his wife, Laura. They have three children.

Born on June 15, 1954, in New York City, Leppert was raised in Glendale, Ariz., where his mother ...

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Senate Runoff Race Spending Topped $45 Million

All those campaign ads weren't cheap. The Republican race to replace U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has drawn more than $45 million in spending. Outside groups contributed heavily to the final tally, nearly all of which was spent to influence voter opinion on Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz.  

5/12/12  Texas U.S. Senate candidate Tom Leppert talks to members of the community (left and right) Michael Osuna and Steve Chappell  at the Christ Fellowship Church in  McKinney, TX during a candidate meet and greet.
5/12/12 Texas U.S. Senate candidate Tom Leppert talks to members of the community (left and right) Michael Osuna and Steve Chappell at the Christ Fellowship Church in McKinney, TX during a candidate meet and greet.

Leppert Takes Mayoral Record Into U.S. Senate Race

During Tom Leppert's tenure as Dallas mayor, the city's crime rate dropped and major projects advanced. But critics say Leppert, now a U.S. Senate hopeful, had always looked at the job as a political stepping stone.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, right, at a U.S. Senate candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, right, at a U.S. Senate candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.

U.S. Senate Race a GOP-Only Battle

While Texans wait for the courts to determine most of the state's political races, the candidates for U.S. Senate have begun a campaign blitz in the run-up to this spring’s primary. Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports.