U.S. House of Representatives, District 35
About Lloyd Doggett
“I have always sought to be a voice for those without a lobbyist or political action committee, focusing my efforts on matters that make a real difference in the lives of our neighbors…. When your family is counting on something — an affordable home, a good job, or secure retirement plan–we should not let big government get in your way, but neither should we let other powerful forces interfere – like Wall Street banks, insurance monopolies, or predators taking advantage of the weak or vulnerable.”
Central Texas is the only place Lloyd Doggett has ever called home. He served as Student Body President at U.T. Austin and graduated at the top of his class from the College of Business Administration. He subsequently graduated with honors from University of Texas School of Law. He and his wife Libby have two daughters, Lisa, an Austin physician, and Cathy, who works in education. They have four grandchildren. Libby Doggett served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning in the U.S. Department of Education during President Obama’s Administration.
Doggett has a long and distinguished career of public service, beginning with his first term in the Texas Senate in 1973. He was a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court between 1989 and 1994. Doggett was first elected to represent Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, and he has remained in the House since then, serving in several different gerrymandered districts. He serves on the House Ways & Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over taxes, trade, Social Security, Medicare, and more. He is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Tax Policy, with jurisdiction over issues relating to revenue measures. He also serves on the Subcommittee on Human Resources and the Subcommittee on Trade.
Doggett is a venerable champion of progressive government. He is an advocate for campaign finance reform and open government, a supporter of public education and reduction of student debt. Doggett is pro-choice, and he favors humane and fair treatment of immigrants. His priorities have included education, health care, preventing child abuse, reducing prescription drug prices, fighting poverty, and eliminating multinational tax shelters and loopholes.
The United States House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the United States Congress. The House is composed of Representatives from congressional districts that are allocated to each of the 50 states on a basis of population as measured by the U.S. Census. Each district has one representative who is elected by popular vote in that district every two years. House District 35 is a gerrymandered district that includes parts of Guadalupe, Travis, Hayes, Caldwell, Comal and Bexar counties. In Comal County, the 35th District narrowly follows the I35 corridor.
Doggett’s opponent is republican David Smalling, an electric contractor and small business owner. On his website, Smalling describes himself as “a life-long Republican, National Rifle Association Life Member,” and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.