The most conservative Texan in Congress Conaway,
Hensarling tie for first.
Elected in 2002, Congressman Jeb Hensarling is an outspoken advocate for limited government and unlimited opportunity. At the end of 2012, Jeb completed his service as Chairman of the House Republican Conference and was elected by his colleagues to serve as the Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services for the 113th Congress.
A life-long conservative dedicated to advancing the principals of faith, family, free enterprise, and freedom, Jeb has consistently fought to reduce our debt and stop out-of-control Washington spending. Prior to becoming Conference Chairman, Jeb:
With his work to rein in wasteful Washington spending and put our country back on a fiscally-sustainable path, National Review Online dubbed him "Rep. Budget Reform" and the Dallas Morning News called him a "truth teller" who "has become one of the most important GOP members of Congress."
As Conference Chairman, Jeb worked to empower House Republicans with the tools necessary to deliver a timely and effective message to their home districts and beyond. In this leadership role, he built on the success of his predecessors and introduced new innovations to help House Republicans communicate in this quickly-changing era of new media and message delivery.
After having served as the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, where he was a leader on consumer choice, competitive markets, and smart regulation in our financial markets, Jeb was selected by his colleagues in 2012 to become Chairman of the committee in the next Congress.
Born in Stephenville, Texas, Jeb grew up working on his father’s farm near College Station where he learned the value of hard work. As an active student leader at Texas A&M University, Jeb earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1979. Later, he went on to earn a law degree from the University of Texas in 1982.
Before coming to Congress, Jeb spent ten years in the private sector, serving as an officer for a successful investment firm, a data management company, and an electricity retail company. Jeb and his wife Melissa are members of St. Michael and All Angels Church and reside in Dallas with their two children – Claire and Travis.
"Dallas' Hensarling, 55, has advanced from rising star to fully arrived in a decade in the Congress. Now one of the most important Republicans there, he chairs the House Republican Conference and has established himself as a fiscal policy expert." — Dallas Morning News, October 2012