John Culberson
Lamar High School

Republican congressman from Texas, representing that state's 7th congressional district


John Abney Culberson (born August 24, 1956), American politician, is a Republican congressman from Texas, representing that state's 7th congressional district (map) in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2001. The district takes in large portions of western Houston and surrounding Harris County.

Born in Houston, Culberson attended West University Elementary School and Lamar High School. He graduated from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1981 with a degree in history. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law in 1989. He is a distant relative of former Governor of Texas Charles Allen Culberson.

During his time in law school, Culberson was elected to the Texas House of Representatives, serving his first term in 1987. He was a member of the Republican Whip team, becoming Minority Whip in 1999 during his last term. Culberson began working for the law firm of Lorance and Thompson after he graduated from SMU. Culberson led the effort to regain state control of the Texas prison system.

Culberson won the Republican nomination for the 7th District in 2000 after 15-term incumbent Bill Archer announced his retirement. He finished first in the Republican primary--the real contest in this heavily Republican district--and defeated Peter Wareing in the runoff. He won easily in November, taking about 75% of the vote. He has since been reelected three times, including a completely unopposed run in [[2002], and a run in 2006 against debate teacher Jim Henley, who did not take money from lobbyists, and captured 39% of the vote in a heavily republican district. He has continued Archer's pattern of conservative voting; his Website includes the slogan "Letting Texans run Texas."

Culberson is a member of the Appropriations Committee.

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