POLICY BRIEFINGS


New Members of the 115th Congress Cont. 2


Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13)
ELECTION: Defeated Tony Evans, R, to succeed Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D, who retired • PRONOUNCED: ah-dri-AN-o ess-PIE-yot • RESIDENCE: Manhattan • BORN: Sept. 27, 1954; Santiago, Dominican Rep.• RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Wife, Marthera Madera; two children • EDUCATION: Queens Coll., B.S. 1978 (political science) • CAREER: Substance abuse education program director • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: N.Y Assembly, 1997-2010; N.Y. Senate, 2011-present; sought Dem. nomination for U.S. House, 2012 and 2014.


John J. Faso (R-NY-19)
ELECTION: Defeated Zephyr Teachout, D, to succeed Rep. Chris Gibson, R, who retired • PRONOUNCED: like “LASSO” • RESIDENCE: Kinderhook • BORN: Aug. 25, 1952; Massapequa • RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Wife, Mary Frances; two children • EDUCATION: State U. of N.Y.-Brockport, B.A. 1974; Georgetown U., J.D. 1979 • CAREER: Lawyer • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: N.Y. Assembly, 1987-2002; Rep. nom. for governor, 2006; sought Rep. nom. for U.S. House, 2009.


Claudia Tenney (R-NY-22)
ELECTION: Defeated Kim Myers, D, to succeed Rep. Richard Hanna, R, who retired • RESIDENCE: New Hartford • BORN: Feb. 4, 1961; Utica • RELIGION: Presbyterian • FAMILY: Divorced; one child • EDUCATION: Colgate U., B.A. 1983 (political science); U. of Cincinnati, J.D. 1987 • CAREER: Lawyer; state legislature aide; newspaper publisher; Yugoslavian Consulate General aide • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: N.Y. Assembly, 2011-present; sought Republican nomination for U.S. House, 2014.


Ted Budd (R-NC-13)
ELECTION: Defeated Bruce Davis, D, to succeed Rep. George Holding, R, who ran in another district • RESIDENCE: Advance • BORN: Oct. 21, 1971; Winston-Salem • RELIGION: Non-denominational Christian • FAMILY: Wife, Amy Kate; three children • EDUCATION: Appalachian State U., B.S. 1994 (business administration); Dallas Theological Seminary, Th.M. 1998; Wake Forest U., M.B.A. 2007 • CAREER: Gun store and range owner; venture capitalist; facilities services company exec. • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: No previous office.


Dwight Evans (D-PA-02)
ELECTION: Defeated James Jones, R, in a special election to succeed Rep. Chaka Fattah, D, who resigned • RESIDENCE: Philadelphia • BORN: May 16, 1954; Philadelphia • RELIGION: Baptist • FAMILY: Single • EDUCATION: Community Coll. of Philadelphia, A.A. 1973; La Salle Coll., B.A. 1975 (English) • CAREER: Community organizer; substitute teacher • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Pa. House, 1981-present; sought Democratic nomination for lt. gov., 1986, governor, 1994 and mayor of Philadelphia, 1999 and 2007.


Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-08)
ELECTION: Defeated Steve Santarsiero, D, to succeed Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick, R, who retired • RESIDENCE: Middletown Twp. • BORN: Dec. 17, 1973; Philadelphia • RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Single • EDUCATION: La Salle U., B.S.B.A. 1996 (accounting); Penn. State U., J.D. and M.B.A. 2001 • CAREER: Lawyer; FBI agent; business consultant • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Special asst. U.S. attorney, 2011-13.


Lloyd K. Smucker (R-PA-16)
ELECTION: Defeated Christina M. Hartman, D to succeed Rep. Joe Pitts, R, who retired • RESIDENCE: West Lampeter Twp. • BORN: Jan. 23, 1964; Lancaster • RELIGION: Lutheran • FAMILY: Wife, Cindy; three children • EDUCATION: Lebanon Valley Coll., attended; Franklin and Marshall Coll., attended • CAREER: Water dispenser company and construction company owner • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: West Lampeter Twp. Board, 2005-09; Pa. Senate, 2009-present.


David Kustoff (R-TN-08)
ELECTION: Defeated Rickey Hobson, D, to succeed Rep. Stephen Fincher, R, who retired • RESIDENCE: Germantown • BORN: Oct. 8, 1966; Memphis • RELIGION: Jewish • FAMILY: Wife, Roberta; two children • EDUCATION: Memphis State U., B.B.A. 1989 and J.D. 1992 • CAREER: Lawyer • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Sought Republican nomination for U.S. House, 2002; U.S. attorney for Western Tenn., 2006-08; Tenn. Higher Education Commission vice chair, 2015-present.


Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX-15)
ELECTION: Defeated Tim Westley, R, to succeed Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, D, who retired • RESIDENCE: McAllen • BORN: Sept. 4, 1967; Corpus Christi • RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Wife, Loretta Saenz Gonzalez • EDUCATION: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical U., B.S. 1992 (aviation business administration); Texas Wesleyan U., J.D. 1996 • CAREER: Lawyer • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: No previous office.


Jodey C. Arrington (R-TX-19)
ELECTION: Defeated third-party candidates to succeed Rep. Randy Neugebauer R, who retired • RESIDENCE: Lubbock • BORN: Mar. 9, 1972; Lubbock • RELIGION: Evangelical Presbyterian • FAMILY: Wife, Anne; three children • EDUCATION: Texas Tech U., B.A. 1994 (political science) and M.P.A. 1997 • CAREER: Health care holding company president; university vice chancellor; FDIC, White House and gubernatorial aide • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Republican candidate for Texas Senate, 2014 (special).


Scott Taylor (R-VA-02)
ELECTION: Defeated Shaun Brown, D, to succeed Rep. Scott Rigell, R, who retired • RESIDENCE: Virginia Beach • BORN: Apr. 27, 1979; Baltimore, Md. • RELIGION: Christian • FAMILY: Single; one child • EDUCATION: Harvard U., A.L.B. 2013 (international relations) • MILITARY: Navy, 1997-2005 • CAREER: Real estate broker; business security consultant • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Candidate for mayor of Virginia Beach, 2008; sought Rep. nomination for U.S. House, 2010; Va. House, 2014-present.


A. Donald McEachin (D-VA-04)
ELECTION: Defeated Mike Wade, R, to succeed Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R, who ran in another district • RESIDENCE: Henrico • BORN: Oct. 10, 1961; Nuremberg, Germany (U.S. Base) • RELIGION: Baptist • FAMILY: Wife, Colette Wallace McEachin; three children • EDUCATION: American U., B.S. 1982; U. of Va., J.D. 1986; Va. Union U., M.Div. 2008, • CAREER: Lawyer • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Va. House, 1996-2002 and 2006-08; Democratic nominee for Va. attorney general, 2001; Va. Senate, 2008-present.


Tom Garrett (R-VA-05)
ELECTION: Defeated Jane Dittmar, D, to succeed Rep. Robert Hurt, R, who retired • RESIDENCE: Scottsville • BORN: Mar. 27, 1972; Atlanta, Ga. • RELIGION: Disciples of Christ • FAMILY: Wife, Flanna; two children • EDUCATION: U. of Richmond, B.S. 1995 and J.D. 2003 • MILITARY: Army, 1995-2000 • CAREER: Lawyer; deputy county attorney; state campaign and leg. aide • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Va. assistant attorney general, 2006-07; Louisa County Commonwealth’s attorney, 2008-11; Va. Senate, 2012-present.


Pramila Jayapal (D-WA-07)
ELECTION: Defeated Brady P. Walkinshaw, D, to succeed Rep. Jim McDermott, D, who retired • PRONOUNCED: pra-MIL-a JYE-a-paul • RESIDENCE: Columbia City • BORN: Sept. 21, 1965; Chennai, India • RELIGION: Unspecified • FAMILY: Husband, Steve Williamson; two children • EDUCATION: Georgetown U., B.A. 1986 (English); Northwestern U., M.B.A. 1990 • CAREER: Immigrant rights nonprofit director; public health grant fund director • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Wash. Senate, 2015-present.


Mike Gallagher (R-WI-08)
ELECTION: Defeated Tom Nelson, D, to succeed Rep. Reid Ribble, R, who retired • RESIDENCE: Green Bay · BORN: Mar. 3, 1984 ; Green Bay • RELIGION: Catholic • FAMILY: Single • EDUCATION: Princeton U., A.B. 2006 (Near Eastern studies); Georgetown U., M.A. 2012 (security studies), M.A. 2013 (government) and Ph.D. 2015 (intl. relations) • MILITARY: Marine Corps, 2006-13 • CAREER: Energy market strategist; presidential campaign aide; congressional aide • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: No previous office.


Liz Cheney (R-WY-AL)
ELECTION: Defeated Ryan Greene, D, to succeed Rep. Cynthia M. Lummis, R, who retired • RESIDENCE: Wilson • BORN: July 28, 1966; Madison, Wis. • RELIGION: Methodist • FAMILY: Husband, Philip Perry; five children • EDUCATION: Colo. Coll., B.A. 1988 (political science); U. of Chicago, J.D. 1996 • CAREER: Lawyer; State Dept. aide • POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS: State Dept. deputy asst. sec., 2002-03 and principal deputy asst. sec. 2005-06; sought Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, 2014.



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