Nick Lampson (D-TX)

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Nick Lampson

 

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Nicholas V. “Nick” Lampson 

XXX Congressional Candidate Texas District 14

 

of Nick Lampson from Nick Lampson for Congress

Nick was one of six children born to a welder and a homemaker. His father passed away when he was 12 years old, and Nick took his first job at that young age sweeping floors to supplement the family’s income. Nick’s mother received $19 dollars per month from Social Security, as long as Nick stayed in school. This money helped his family stay together in those difficult years, and Nick has been a steadfast voice for protecting Social Security throughout his time in government. Nick is married to wife, Susan. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.

For nearly two decades, Lampson served as the popular voter registrar and tax assessor-collector in Jefferson County. He modernized the office and improved collection rates. Lampson was first elected to Congress in 1996.

Lampson is running for the U.S. House of Representatives with one priority in mind – to serve the people who live, work, and raise their families here. Nick knows congressional service is not about national politics, media pundits, and power plays. He always puts his constituents first. In 2002, the Houston Chronicle conducted a survey that showed Nick Lampson had taken on more constituent cases than any other area Congressman. Nick’s outstanding record of successfully handling problems for his constituents is well-known.

Nick consistently votes for deficit reducing alternatives to our federal budget. In recognition of his fiscal responsibility, Lampson accepted an invitation to become a Blue Dog in 2007. In 2004, when Republican leaders in the House were trying to raise our national debt limit to more than $8 trillion, Nick Lampson stood up to this gang of wasteful spenders. Nick voted against increasing our debt because borrowing from our children and grandchildren is not sound budget policy. He has continued his fight to turn the tide on the wasteful spending.

Nick has worked to make sure homeland security starts at home. In the aftermath of September 11th, he organized meetings between local, state, and federal officials in Texas to encourage better communication in the event of an emergency. He supports efforts to increase security at this region’s ports, chemical plants, and oil refineries. He wants to see more guards and better surveillance technology along our borders. And, unlike some in Congress, he views this issue as more than just a stump speech. Nick knows we cannot waste money on “bridges to nowhere” in Alaska at the same time we are under-funding homeland security.

Nick’s parents are the children of Italian immigrants. His mother raised six children with a fifth grade education. But she made sure all of her children went to college. On her 80th birthday, Nick’s mother received her GED. Nick is a former teacher. His wife, Susan, is a teacher as is his youngest daughter, Stephanie. Nick Lampson has been a strong proponent of public education. He has fought hard against efforts to get rid of programs like Head Start and early childhood education. Nick knows that funding our children’s education is important because it allows our future generations to grow up to be independent and self-sufficient. Education will always to be a top priority for Nick Lampson.

Perhaps what Nick Lampson is best known for in Congress are his efforts on children’s safety issues. He founded the first-ever Congressional Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus, which worked to create the national Amber Alert program. In time, this caucus became the largest bi-partisan caucus on Capitol Hill, having almost equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats. Nick has been recognized by John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for his work. Nick continues to work on issues relating to Missing and Exploited Children. Protecting our children isn’t just good policy – it’s our moral responsibility.

Nick wants to continue his work on behalf of the people of Southeast Texas. He will always put us first. Nick will always fight hard and make his constituents proud.

 

Biography of Nick Lampson from Congress.gov

a Representative from Texas

born in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Tex.

  • February 14, 1945
Education
  • graduated from South Park High School
    • Beaumont, Tex.
    • 1964
  • B.S.
    • Lamar University
    • Beaumont, Tex.
    • 1968
  • M.Ed.
    • Lamar University
    • Beaumont, Tex.
    • 1971

Work and Political

  • teacher
  • tax assessor
    • Jefferson County, Tex.
    • 1977-1995
  • elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses
    • (January 3, 1997-January 3, 2005)
  • unsuccessful candidate
    • reelection in 2004
  • elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Tenth Congress
    • (January 3, 2007-January 3, 2009)
  • unsuccessful candidate
    • reelection to the One Hundred Eleventh Congress in 2008.