Welcomes lobbying reform as one of the 110th Congress first actions

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Ted Poe today assumed the oath of office for his second term as the U.S. Representative for Texas Second Congressional District.

I am deeply honored for the confidence and trust that the people of Texas Second Congressional District have again placed in me to serve as their voice in Washington, Congressman Poe said. Most issues are not partisan issues, they are people issues. I worked well with members from both sides of the aisle in the 109th Congress and I look forward to continuing to work across the aisle for my district, Texas and the Nation in the 110th Congress.

The first order of business for the 110th Congress is to debate and vote on the House Rules Package (H. Res. 6) which outlines proposals for the operation of the House of Representatives. Among other things, the House Rules Package proposes to ban Members from accepting gifts from lobbyists or organizations employing lobbyists and generally bars members from lobbyist-sponsored trips. Lobbying reform is long overdue, said Congressman Poe. I proposed a bill last year which would have prohibited Members, officers and employees of the House from accepting any gifts from registered lobbyists. I am proud to see this bill make it to the floor for a vote.

Prior to his election to Congress, Judge Poe, a former six-term felony district court judge in Harris County, Texas, gained national attention for his innovative sentencing techniques in punishing criminals ranging from ordering thieves to carry signs in front of stores from which they stole to requiring a man who abused his wife to publicly apologize on the steps of Houston City Hall. Moreover, Judge Poe spent eight years as a trial lawyer in the Harris County district attorneys office and became one of the youngest judges in the state following his appointment by Governor Clements in 1981. He was subsequently re-elected six times and moved approximately 20,000 cases through the Countys court system. Poe also served at Ellington AFB as a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves C-130 Unit.