Michael Cloud

Michael Cloud
Michael Cloud, Official Portrait, 115th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 27th district
Assumed office
July 10, 2018
Preceded byBlake Farenthold
Personal details
Born (1975-05-13) May 13, 1975 (age 44)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Rosel Cloud
Children3
EducationOral Roberts University (BS)
WebsiteHouse website

Michael Jonathan Cloud (born May 13, 1975) is an American politician currently serving as a member of the United States House of Representatives for Texas's 27th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life and career[edit]

Cloud graduated from Oral Roberts University with a bachelor's degree in communications.[1] He served as chair of the Victoria County Republican Party from May 2010 to May 2017.[2]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2018 special election[edit]

Cloud succeeded Republican Blake Farenthold who resigned amid controversy due to settling a sexual harassment lawsuit with public money.[3][4] He had previously won the Republican runoff for the regularly scheduled election with outside help from the Club for Growth and the endorsement of Ron Paul, who had previously represented parts of the district in Congress.[5] On June 30, 2018, he won a special election to his current seat, defeating Democratic candidate Eric Holguin 55% to 32%.[6]

Tenure[edit]

Cloud took his oath and was sworn in on July 10, 2018.[7]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral History[edit]

Texas' 27th congressional district special election, 2018[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael Cloud 19,872 54.8
Democratic Eric Holguin 11,599 32.0
Democratic Raul (Roy) Barrera 1,748 4.8
Republican Bech Bruun (withdrawn) 1,571 4.3
Democratic Mike Westergren 858 2.4
Republican Marty Perez 276 0.8
Independent Judith Cutright 172 0.5
Libertarian Daniel Tinus 144 0.4
Independent Christopher Suprun 51 0.1
Total votes 36,268 100.0
Republican hold
Republican primary results[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bech Bruun 15,845 36.1
Republican Michael Cloud 14,866 33.9
Republican Christopher K. Mapp 5,302 12.1
Republican Jerry Hall 3,616 8.2
Republican John Grunwald 3,038 6.9
Republican Eddie Gassman 1,226 2.8
Total votes 43,893 100.0
Republican primary runoff results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael Cloud 15,234 61.0
Republican Bech Bruun 9,723 39.0
Total votes 24,957 100.0
Texas's 27th congressional district election, 2018[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael Cloud (incumbent) 125,118 60.3
Democratic Eric Holguin 75,929 36.6
Independent James Duerr 4,274 2.1
Libertarian Daniel Tinus 2,100 1.0
Total votes 207,421 100.0
Republican hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/republican-michael-cloud-sworn-in-to-house-replacing-blake-farenthold
  2. ^ Svitek, Patrick (June 30, 2018). "Michael Cloud wins special election to fill U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold's seat". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "Lawmaker behind secret $84K sexual harassment settlement unmasked". Politico. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "Republican wins Texas special election for House seat". Washington Post. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "Endorsements". Cloud for Congress | Michael Cloud. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  6. ^ Tribune, The Texas (July 1, 2018). "Michael Cloud wins special election to fill U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold's seat". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  7. ^ Tribune, The Texas (July 10, 2018). "Republican Michael Cloud sworn in as Texas' newest congressman". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  8. ^ "2018 Special Election, US Representative, District 27". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  9. ^ "2018 Primary Election Official Results". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  10. ^ "Texas Election Results". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved December 5, 2018.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Blake Farenthold
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 27th congressional district

2018–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Debbie Lesko
United States Representatives by seniority
341st
Succeeded by
Troy Balderson