Tribpedia: Michael Burgess

In U.S. House, Texans' Seats of Power Have Expiration Dates

From left to right: Republican U.S. Reps. Jeb Hensarling of Dallas, Michael McCaul of Austin and Lamar Smith of Austin.
From left to right: Republican U.S. Reps. Jeb Hensarling of Dallas, Michael McCaul of Austin and Lamar Smith of Austin.

Texas Republicans currently hold seven chairmanships in the U.S. House, giving the state an outsized role in moving forward key legislation. But most of those members are due to hand over their gavels in the next five years. Whether the GOP holds on to the chamber or Democrats take over, Texas could see its influence wane.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Aug. 30, 2015.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, speaks to a group of Hillary Clinton supporters at a campaign event held at the home of Mark and Sharon Naughton in Iowa City on Aug. 30, 2015.

Texas Delegation Spends Campaign Cash on Presidential Candidates

Members of Texas' congressional delegation are making their support for presidential candidates known — in thousand-dollar increments from their own campaign accounts. 

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.

State Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, and Chairman Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, embrace prior to Wednesday's Joint Committee on Appropriations discussing the state budget May 20, 2015.
State Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin, and Chairman Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, embrace prior to Wednesday's Joint Committee on Appropriations discussing the state budget May 20, 2015.

The Brief: Some Big Decisions Made on Budget With More Pending

Budget conferees on Wednesday settled on funding levels for public education and border security, but big decisions on property tax cuts and roads funding remain for Thursday.

Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on Oct. 5, 2014.
Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on Oct. 5, 2014.

Inside Texas Politics: Ebola

This week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics with host Jason Wheeler, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy and Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey is dominated by talk of the first appearance of the Ebola virus in the U.S. 

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (left), R-Flower Mound, joined Attorney General Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for a news conference on June 23, 2014, after touring a Lackland Air Force Base facility in San Antonio that was serving as a shelter for unaccompanied minors who crossed the border.
U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (left), R-Flower Mound, joined Attorney General Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for a news conference on June 23, 2014, after touring a Lackland Air Force Base facility in San Antonio that was serving as a shelter for unaccompanied minors who crossed the border.

Abbott, Cruz Blame Obama for "Humanitarian Crisis"

Warning of the dangers faced by undocumented and unaccompanied children crossing the border into the U.S., Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday called on the Obama administration to more strictly enforce immigration laws. 

 

Jill Ramirez, the director of outreach for the Latino Healthcare Forum, passes out flyers and explains components of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 5, 2013.
Jill Ramirez, the director of outreach for the Latino Healthcare Forum, passes out flyers and explains components of the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 5, 2013.

The Brief: Texas Political News for Dec. 17, 2013

California Republican Darrell Issa supplemented a report critical of the health care navigator program with a field hearing in Texas on Monday to further explore those criticisms with a panel tilted heavily toward GOP members.