Joe Barton

Joe Barton REPRepublican

American politician; U.S. Representative for Texas

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Joe BartonREPRepublican American politician; U.S. Representative for Texas
73
Years of Age
35
Years of Experience
TXResidence (state)

Joseph Linus Barton (born September 15, 1949) is an American politician who represented Texas's 6th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1985 to 2019. The district included Arlington, part of Fort Worth, and several small towns and rural areas south of the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex. He was also a member of the Tea Party Caucus. In 2014, Barton became the longest-serving member of the Texas congressional delegation.Barton described himself as "a constant defender of conservative ideals and values". He advocated for deregulation of the electricity and natural gas industries, and served as vice-chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committees. He denied that manmade carbon emissions had contributed to global warming, was a proponent of the use of fossil fuels, voted in favor of the May 2017 GOP plan to replace Obamacare, supported President Donald Trump's ban on immigration from certain predominantly Muslim nations, and supported the death penalty for people caught spying. Barton led a successful effort to repeal the oil export ban in the House in 2017. His environmental record of defending industries against tighter pollution controls earned him the nickname "Smokey Joe."Barton came to national prominence after telling a citizen at a town hall meeting to "shut up." He came to national attention again when sexually explicit photos that he had shared with women surfaced online in 2017. In November 2017, Barton announced that he would not seek re-election in 2018.

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Campaign Funding

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$349,381
Total Raised
$749,112
Total Spent
$21,655
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Oil & Gas$55,250
81%
Electric Utilities$45,150
35%
Misc Energy$19,600
35%
Lawyers/Law Firms$19,450
33%
Health Professionals$18,660
31%
Automotive$17,200
30%
Lobbyists$16,529
25%
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$13,694
24%
Retail Sales$13,500
24%
Telecom Services$13,500
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education5 - 5 of 3
Purdue University
Master of Science
1973
Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Arts
1972
Waco High School
1968
Past Positions1 - 6 of 6
Representative
United States House of Representatives
1984 - 2019
Natural Gas Decontrol Consultant
Atlantic Richfield Oil and Gas Company
1982 - 1984
White House Aide
Energy Secretary James Edwards
1981 - 1982
White House Fellow
Energy Secretary James Edwards
1981 - 1982
Assistant to Vice-President
Ennis Business Forms, Incorporated
1973 - 1981
Plant Manager
Ennis Business Forms, Incorporated
1973 - 1981
Other Experience1 - 22 of 22
Vice President
Houston County Chamber of Commerce
1977 - 1980
Vice President
Houston County Industrial Development Authority
1980
Co-Founder
Houston County Volunteer Ambulance Service
1976
Co-Chair
Asthma Awareness Day
Member
First United Methodist Church
Member
Dallas Energy Forum
Chair Emeritus
House Energy and Commerce Committee, United States House of Representatives
Current
Co-Chair
Congressional Privacy Caucus
2003 - 2009
Founder
Congressional Privacy Caucus
2003 - 2009
Chair
Crockett Parks and Recreation Board
1979 - 1980
Former Member
Communications and Technology Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Energy, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Energy and Commerce), United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Health (Energy and Commerce), United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Energy (Energy and Commerce), United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, United States House of Representatives
Former Vice Chair
Energy and Commerce Committee, United States House of Representatives
Founder
Texas Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Task Force
Member
Tea Party Caucus
Member
Republican Study Committee
Member
House Republican Steering Committee
Member
Department Of Energy Cost Control Task Force