Nick Lampson

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Nick Lampson represents the 22nd District of Texas in Congress. He won that seat in 2006, after Tom Delay was forced to resign. He had previously served four terms in the U.S. Congress, representing the 9th Congressional District of Texas from 1996-2004, when he lost his reelection bid after the Delay-organized 2003 Texas redistricting.

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Lampson Biography

Lampson's maternal and paternal grandparents settled in Stafford, TX nearly a century ago, where they established farms and became founding members of their church. Nick's parents grew up, met and married in Fort Bend County, and the Lampson children spent a great deal of time on their grandparents' farms working the fields and learning what it meant to be part of a community larger than themselves.

One of six children born to a welder and a homemaker, Nick swept floors to supplement the family's Social Security income after his father died. The $19 per month Nick's mother received, as long as he stayed in school, helped all six children go on to earn degrees while working themselves through school.

Lampson's first public service was as a voter registrar and tax assessor-collector in Jefferson County, where he modernized the office and improved collection rates. In 1996, he was elected to the first of four terms in the U.S. Congress, serving the 9th Congressional District of Texas, served on the transportation committee, pushed for increased air traffic and shipping safety.

Founded the first Congressional Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, worked to create the Amber Alert program, and led national and international efforts to raise awareness of child-safety issues. Following a controversial redistricting in the state of Texas, Lampson ran for reelection in the 2004 election as the representative for district 2. The new 2nd district covered much of what was covered by the old 9th district. Lampson was defeated by Republican candidate Ted Poe, and left office in 2005.

On May 4, 2005, Lampson announced that he was going to run in Texas' 22nd Congressional District to challenge Majority Leader Tom DeLay in the 2006 election. The 22nd had absorbed several parts of Lampson's former territory, including much of Galveston. Many experts believed that the 22nd, long considered a Republican district, had become much more competitive as a result of DeLay's attempts to make the other Houston-area districts more Republican. (see Gerrymandering) )

A graduate of Lamar University, with masters in higher education administration, Lampson worked as a public school teacher and a college instructor. He and his wife Susan have two grown daughters, three grandchildren, and are active members of their church.

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