Sources of Income
Before being elected to Congress, Barton worked as a natural gas consultant for Atlantic Richfield Oil and Gas Company.
He previously served as an aide to Energy Secretary James B. Edwards in 1981.
Barton and/or his wife own stock in Walmart, SBC Corporation and Ennis Business Forms.
Barton receives royalties from EOG Resources, an oil and gas company.
His wife, Terri, is the director of business development and marketing for the Ennis Regional Medical Center.
Residential property in Ennis valued at $284,600
Residential property in Ennis valued at $150,940
Residential property in Arlington, Va., valued at $189,200
Barton, the ranking Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, has voted in favor of energy bills that benefit oil and gas companies, including a bill that provides royalty breaks. Barton receives royalties from an oil and gas company and is also a former consultant for the oil and gas industry.
Barton receives substantial campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry. In the 2011-2012 election cycle, he received more than $162,000 from the industry, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Barton's top campaign supporters in the last election cycle include Oil City Iron Works, Exelon Corporation and Exxon Mobil.
According to The Washington Post, Barton has helped draw down nearly $3 million in federal dollars to widen part of the U.S. 287 bypass in Ennis, where he owns homes. Barton told The Post his homes played no role in his support: "There is no personal benefit to me ... it is a general benefit to the community."
According to Roll Call, Barton has paid both his wife, Terri, and his daughter, Kristin, from his political campaign. His wife made $27,000 from the campaign in 2007, the publication reported, and his daughter was paid $106,000 from 2007 to 2011.