Kenny Ewell Marchant (born February 23, 1951) is an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 24th congressional district, from 2005 to 2021. A member of the Republican Party, he represented several areas around Dallas and Fort Worth.
|Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee|
January 3, 2019 – January 3, 2021
|Preceded by||Ted Deutch|
|Succeeded by||Jackie Walorski|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Texas's 24th district
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2021
|Preceded by||Martin Frost|
|Succeeded by||Beth Van Duyne|
|Member of the Texas House of Representatives|
January 13, 1987 – January 3, 2005
|Preceded by||William W. Blanton|
|Succeeded by||Jim Jackson|
|Constituency||99th district (1987–2001)|
115th district (2003–2005)
Kenny Ewell Marchant
February 23, 1951
Bonham, Texas, U.S.
|Education||Southern Nazarene University (BA)|
Early life, education and careerEdit
Marchant was born in Bonham, Texas, but grew up in Carrollton, a Dallas suburb. He graduated from R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton and attended college at Southern Nazarene University (SNU) in Bethany, Oklahoma, at which he graduated with a Business Administration degree. He worked as a real estate developer and he owned a home-building company prior to entering politics.
Texas House of RepresentativesEdit
He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1987 to 2004. During three of his nine terms in the Texas House, Marchant served as chairman of the Committee on Financial Institutions. He pushed for legislation that reorganized the Texas Banking Code. In 2002, he was chosen as Chairman of the Texas House Republican Caucus. In 2004, he was named a Top Ten Legislator by Texas Monthly and Legislator of the Year by the Texas Municipal League.
U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit
- Committee on Ways and Means
- Committee on Ethics (Ranking Member)
In the 110th Congress, Marchant served on the United States House Committee on Financial Services, Committee on Education and Labor, and Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Marchant worked closely with Bush when he was governor of Texas, and bills himself as a staunch conservative. However, he has occasionally broken ranks with the GOP, as he did to increase the minimum wage. He has said that his top priority on Capitol Hill will be cutting the federal deficit with fiscal conservative policies. In 2017, he voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Marchant expressed opposition to the proposed "Green New Deal" resolution in 2019, alleging that it would cost up to $93 trillion without having any effect on the global climate.
Marchant cosponsored legislation H.R. 1503 to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require candidates for the presidency "to include with the campaign committee's statement of organization a copy of the candidate's birth certificate" plus supporting documentation. Introduced without the Republican leadership being informed, Florida Today commented that the bill "stems from fringe opponents of President Barack Obama who, during the 2008 election campaign, questioned whether Obama was born in Hawaii."
On December 18, 2019, Marchant voted against both articles of impeachment against Trump. Of the 195 Republicans who voted, all voted against both impeachment articles.
Texas v. PennsylvaniaEdit
In December 2020, Marchant was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives who signed an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden prevailed over incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of the election held by another state.
During the 2003 Texas redistricting, the 24th District, represented by 13-term Democrat Martin Frost, was reconfigured to be significantly more Republican. The old 24th had covered mostly Democratic areas around Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington. However, the reconfigured district shed its portions of Arlington and Fort Worth, replacing them with more suburban and Republican territory around Dallas. Had the district existed in 2000, George W. Bush would have won it with 68 percent of the vote.
Marchant ran for the redrawn district and was elected to Congress in 2004. He was reelected in 2006 (with 60% of the ballots cast) and 2008 (with 56% of the ballots cast). In 2014 he joined the newly founded Friends of Wales Caucus.
Marchant won his seventh term in the House in the general election held on November 8, 2016. With 154,845 votes (56.2 percent), he defeated Democrat Jan McDowell, who received 108,389 (39.3 percent). Two other candidates held the remaining 4.5 percent of the ballots cast.
Marchant narrowly won his eighth term in the House in the general election held on November 6, 2018. With 133,317 votes, 50.6%, with Democrat Jan McDowell receiving 125,231 votes, 47.5%. The margin of victory of 3.1% over his Democratic opponent was a marked reduction from the same campaign between the two in 2016, with a difference of 16.9% then. Libertarian Mike Kolls received 4,870 votes, 1.8%.
Marchant is married to Donna Marchant and has four children as well as either four grandchildren or seven grandchildren. They live in Coppell, a Dallas suburb. Marchant's son Matthew Marchant is a former mayor of Carrollton, Texas.
- Martin, Jonathan (August 5, 2019). "Kenny Marchant Will Be Fourth Texas Republican Congressman to Retire in 2020". New York Times. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
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...was named a "Top Ten Legislator" by Texas Monthly, "Legislator of the Year" by the Texas Municipal League...
- "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
- "Members". U.S. - Japan Caucus. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
- "Legislation". Congressman Kenny Marchant - 24th District of Texas. Archived from the original on March 26, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
- McKenzie, William (January 20, 2008). "Works well with others? What a flaw!". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on October 4, 2008.
- Marchant, Kenny (February 15, 2019). "No airplane, home or cow is safe from the Democrats' Green New Deal". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
- "Kenny Marchant". Facebook. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
- Smith, Ben (March 13, 2009). "Birther bill hits Congress". Politico.com. Retrieved March 13, 2009.
- Preston, Mark (March 13, 2009). "Republican wants WH candidates to prove citizenship". CNN. Retrieved March 13, 2009.
- Kim Eun Kyung (March 14, 2009). "Posey to president hopefuls: Prove it". Florida Today. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
- Blood, Michael R.; Riccardi, Nicholas (December 5, 2020). "Biden officially secures enough electors to become president". AP News. Archived from the original on December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
- Liptak, Adam (December 11, 2020). "Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
- "Order in Pending Case" (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. December 11, 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
- Diaz, Daniella. "Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court". CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
- Bowman, Bridget (February 28, 2014). "Dragons, Daffodils and a Drop of Whiskey for Welsh Caucus". Rollcall. Archived from the original on November 4, 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
- "2016 General Election". Texas Secretary of State. November 8, 2016. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
- "2018 General Election". Texas Secretary of State. November 6, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
- "Biography". U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
- "Congressman Kenny Marchant: It Has Been an Honor to Serve You in Congress". U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant. August 5, 2019. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
- Bays, Sarah (May 19, 2017). "Reflections of a Carrollton mayor". Carrollton Leader. Carrollton, Texas. Retrieved October 22, 2019.