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Brian BabinREPRepublican United States Representative, TX-36
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Brian Philip Babin (BABB-in; born March 23, 1948) is an American dentist, politician and member of the Republican Party who has served as the U.S. representative from Texas's 36th congressional district since 2015. The district includes much of southeastern Houston, some of its eastern suburbs, as well as Orange and some more exurban areas to the east. A graduate of Lamar University and the University of Texas Dental Branch, Babin served in the United States Air Force from 1975 to 1979. He then opened a dental practice in Woodville, south of Lufkin, and became involved in Republican politics. He worked for various state and federal campaigns and held numerous local and regional government positions, including president of the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (1981–1987), on the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (1982–1984), mayor of Woodville (1982–1984), on the Woodville City Council (1984–1989), on the Texas Historical Commission (1989–1995), chairman of the Tyler County Republican Party (1990–1995), on the Woodville Independent School District Board (1992–1995) and on the Lower Neches Valley Authority (1999–2015). Babin was the Republican nominee for Texas's 2nd congressional district in 1996 and 1998, losing to Democrat Jim Turner both times. He ran again in 2014 to succeed Steve Stockman, who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate, and was elected to succeed him.

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Campaign Funding

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$1,158,533
Total Raised
$975,803
Total Spent
$736,915
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Health Professionals$172,491
46%
Oil & Gas$80,807
38%
Air Transport$65,500
34%
Retired$59,906
31%
Chemical & Related Manufacturing$54,000
20%
Construction Services$35,700
20%
Real Estate$34,274
19%
Automotive$33,600
19%
Lawyers/Law Firms$33,249
17%
General Contractors$29,681
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
Lamar University
Bachelor of Science
1973
Forest Park High School
1966
The Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Doctor of Dental Surgery
1976
Past Positions1 - 7 of 7
Representative
United States House of Representatives
2014 - Current
Mayor
City of Woodville
1982 - 1984
Dentist
General Dental Practice
1979 - Current
Captain
United States Air Force
1975 - 1979
Served
Texas National Guard/United States Army Reserve
1969 - 1975
Dental Staff
Tyler County Hospital
Former Letter Carrier
United States Postal Service
Other Experience1 - 27 of 27
Director
Lower Neches Valley Authority
1999 - 2014
Member
Tyler County Patriots
2008
Chair
Republican Party, Tyler County
1990 - 1995
Member
Texas State Historical Commission
1989 - 1995
Member
Woodville Independent School Board
1992 - 1995
President
Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
1981 - 1987
Member
Deep East Texas Council of Governments
1982 - 1984
Director
Tyler County Chamber of Commerce
Former Chair
Reagan/Bush for President, Region II
Former County Chair
Reagan/Bush for President
Former Member
State Steering Committee, George H.W. Bush for President
Former Member
Texas Dentists for Clements
Former Regional Chair
Bill Clements for Governor
Former State Chair
Texas Dentists for George W. Bush for Governor
Member
Gideons International
Member
Southeast Texas Dental Society
Member
Tyler County Heritage Society
Member
Board of Directors, University of Texas Dental Branch Houston Alumni Association
Member
Giddeons International
Member
Woodville Lions Club
Member
International College of Dentists
Member
American College of Dentists
Member
First Baptist Church of Woodville
Former Chair
Space Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Environment (Science, Space and Technology), United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Environment Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives