Kenny Marchant

Kenny Marchant
Kenny Marchant Official.jpg
Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byTed Deutch
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 24th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2005
Preceded byMartin Frost
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
In office
January 13, 1987 – January 3, 2005
Preceded byWilliam W. Blanton
Succeeded byJim Jackson
Constituency99th district (1987–2001)
115th district (2003–2005)
Personal details
Born
Kenny Ewell Marchant

(1951-02-23) February 23, 1951 (age 68)
Bonham, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Donna Marchant
Children4, including Matthew
EducationSouthern Nazarene University (BA)
Nazarene Theological Seminary

Kenny Ewell Marchant (born February 23, 1951) is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 24th congressional district, serving since 2005. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes several areas around Dallas and Fort Worth.

On August 5, 2019, Marchant announced his intention to retire from Congress rather than run for reelection in 2020.[1]

Early life, education and career[edit]

Marchant was born in Bonham, Texas, but grew up in Carrollton, a Dallas suburb. He graduated from R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton and attended college at Southern Nazarene University (SNU) in Bethany, Oklahoma, at which he graduated with a Business Administration degree. He worked as a real estate developer and he owned a home-building company prior to entering politics.

Marchant served on the Carrollton City Council from 1980 to 1984, and was mayor of Carrollton from 1984 to 1986, both nonpartisan positions.

Texas House of Representatives[edit]

He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1987 to 2004. During three of his nine terms in the Texas House, Marchant served as chairman of the Committee on Financial Institutions. He pushed for legislation that reorganized the Texas Banking Code. In 2002, he was chosen as Chairman of the Texas House Republican Caucus. In 2004, he was named a Top Ten Legislator by Texas Monthly and Legislator of the Year by the Texas Municipal League.[2][full citation needed]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Marchant is also a member of the Republican Study Committee,[3] the Tea Party Caucus and the U.S.-Japan Caucus.[4]

In the 110th Congress, Marchant served on the United States House Committee on Financial Services, Committee on Education and Labor, and Oversight and Government Reform Committee.[5]

Political positions[edit]

Marchant worked closely with Bush when he was governor of Texas, and bills himself as a staunch conservative. However, he has occasionally broken ranks with the GOP, as he did to increase the minimum wage.[6] He has said that his top priority on Capitol Hill will be cutting the federal deficit with fiscal conservative policies. In 2017, he voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Marchant expressed opposition to the proposed "Green New Deal" resolution in 2019, alleging that it would cost up to $93 trillion without having any effect on the global climate.[7][8]

Political campaigns[edit]

During the 2003 Texas redistricting, the 24th District, represented by 13-term Democrat Martin Frost, was reconfigured. Marchant ran for the redrawn district and was elected to Congress in 2004. He was reelected in 2006 (with 60% of the ballots cast) and 2008 (with 56% of the ballots cast).

Marchant won his seventh term in the House in the general election held on November 8, 2016. With 154,845 votes (56.2 percent), he defeated the Democrat Jan McDowell, who received 108,389 (39.3 percent). Two other candidates held the remaining 4.5 percent of the ballots cast.[9]

Marchant narrowly won his eighth term in the House in the general election held on November 6, 2018. With 133,317 votes, 50.6%, with Democrat Jan McDowell receiving 125,231 votes, 47.5%. The margin of victory of 3.1% over his Democratic opponent was a marked reduction from the same campaign between the two in 2016, with a difference of 16.9% then. Libertarian Mike Kolls received 4,870 votes, 1.8%.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Marchant is married to Donna Marchant and has four children as well as four grandchildren.[11] They live in Coppell, a Dallas suburb. Marchant's son Matthew Marchant is a former mayor of Carrollton, Texas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin, Jonathan (August 5, 2019). "Kenny Marchant Will Be Fourth Texas Republican Congressman to Retire in 2020". New York Times. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  2. ^ The Washington Post, date missing
  3. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  4. ^ "Members". U.S. - Japan Caucus. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  5. ^ Congressman Kenny Marchant – 24th District of Texas – Legislation
  6. ^ McKenzie, William (January 20, 2008). "Works well with others? What a flaw!". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on October 4, 2008.
  7. ^ "No airplane, home or cow is safe from the Democrats' Green New Deal". The Dallas Morning News. February 15, 2019. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  8. ^ "Kenny Marchant". Facebook. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  9. ^ "2016 General Election". Texas Secretary of State. November 8, 2016. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  10. ^ "2018 General Election". Texas Secretary of State. November 6, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  11. ^ "About Kenny".

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Martin Frost
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 24th congressional district

2005–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Ted Deutch
Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee
2019–present
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Dan Lipinski
United States Representatives by seniority
98th
Succeeded by
Michael McCaul