Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

U.S. Rep. Joe L. Barton (R)

Industry
Oil & Gas
Education
B.S., Texas A&M University, 1972; M.S., Purdue University, 1973
Spouse
Terri
Committees
Not yet assigned
Financial Statements

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.

Property

  • 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

Analysis

  • 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.