Lloyd Alton Doggett II (born October 6, 1946) is an American attorney and politician who is a U.S. Representative from Texas. A member of the Democratic Party, he has represented a district based in the state capital and his hometown, Austin, since 1995, currently numbered as Texas's 35th congressional district.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 35th district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Constituency established|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 25th district
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Chris Bell|
|Succeeded by||Roger Williams|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 10th district
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2005
|Preceded by||J. J. Pickle|
|Succeeded by||Michael McCaul|
|Justice of the Texas Supreme Court|
|Preceded by||Ted Robertson|
|Succeeded by||Priscilla Owen|
|Member of the Texas Senate
from the 14th district
August 18, 1973 – January 8, 1985
|Preceded by||Charles F. Herring|
|Succeeded by||Gonzalo Barrientos|
|Born||Lloyd Alton Doggett II
October 6, 1946
Austin, Texas, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas School of Law
Doggett received both a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law.
Dogget has held office as a legislator in the Texas State Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. He has also held office as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court, before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Early life, education and careerEdit
Born in Austin, Doggett received both a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as student body president his senior year. While attending the University of Texas at Austin, he also joined Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.
His electoral career began in 1973, when he was elected to the Texas State Senate, a position which he filled until 1985. In 1984, he was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate seat vacated by the perennial Republican, John Tower, but he lost to the Republican candidate, Phil Gramm. Doggett authored the bill creating the Texas Commission on Human Rights, as well as a law outlawing "cop killer" bullets and a "sunset law" requiring periodic review of government agencies. He gained attention in 1979, as a member of the "Killer Bees" — a group of 12 Democratic state senators who opposed a plan to move the state's presidential primary to March 11. The intent was to give former governor John Connally a leg up on the 1980 Republican nomination. The Killer Bees wanted a closed primary. When this proposal was rejected, they walked out of the chamber and left the Senate two members short of a quorum. The bill was withdrawn five days later.
U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit
Described as an “endangered species”, Doggett was one of only three white Democratic House members from Texas in the 113th Congress (the others being Gene Green and Beto O'Rourke) in a state with mostly Republicans and minority members of the Democratic Party. He is one of the most liberal white Democrats from a Southern district, and one of the most liberal congressmen ever to represent Texas in Congress. He has been described as a strong voice for his party on taxes and environmental policies and as a "muscular progressive".
Doggett was a frequent critic of Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker, while allying with David Bonior, the [Democratic] Minority Whip, when Bonior was leading “an effort to diminish Gingrich's power by raising continual questions about his ethics.” He has been a close ally of Nancy Pelosi. In 2002, Doggett supported Pelosi's successful bid to become the party's House leader over fellow Texan Martin Frost, a more moderate candidate.
On the local level, Doggett helped ensure the development of the Austin Outpatient Clinic, which opened in 2011 as the largest veterans’ clinic of its kind in the country.  In 2014, he secured passage of legislation to expand the Missions National Park and supported it being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
- Committee on Ways and Means
- Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
- House Songwriters Caucus (Co-Chair)
- International Conservation Caucus
- Congressional Arts Caucus
- Safe Climate Caucus
Doggett has long supported more open government, and is also a leading advocate for campaign finance reform. On the Ways and Means Committee, he has sought to close many overseas tax shelters. Doggett has authored legislation to create tax incentives for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and to create a nationwide Silver Alert system. From 2011 to 2016, he served as Ranking Member on the Human Resources Subcommittee and in 2017 became Ranking on the Tax Policy Subcommittee. His priorities there have included preventing education, child abuse, health care, prescription drug prices, poverty, and eliminating multinational tax shelters and loopholes.
Doggett is pro-choice. In 2003 he voted against a bill that would have banned all partial-birth abortions. He was given a 100% by the NARAL. He voted in favor of a bill to provide federal funding for embryonic stem cell research in 2007.
Doggett is a strong supporter of environmental preservation. He is one of the leading opponents in the House of drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve in Alaska. The League of Conservation Voters gives Doggett a 100 percent rating, an indication Doggett supports that group's interpretation of environmental preservation. In the 110th Congress (2007-08), he wrote climate change legislation that would have gone further to reduce greenhouse gases than bills supported by his party’s leaders. [SOURCE:https://www.congress.gov/bill/110th-congress/house-bill/6316]
In June 2009, Doggett voted in favor of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, a bill that would have established an emissions trading system for American producers of carbon dioxide. Doggett remarked “It has been a difficult and significant decision”. “I just decided that I will have a better chance to make changes later in the process if I acted in good faith now. But don't think this means I'm signing off on the conference report”, Doggett added.
- Gay Rights
Doggett voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in the 109th Congress. He voted against HR 4380 and HR 2587, bills that would have banned adoption by same-sex couples. In 1996, Doggett voted for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), but became a cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA, in 2011.
Doggett introduced legislation focused on restricting American companies from using overseas strategies to reduce their corporate tax rates When Obama unveiled his plan in May 2009 to significantly change how U.S.-based multinationals are taxed, it included aspects of Doggett’s proposals to crack down on tax dodgers. [SOURCE: http://www.tax-news.com/news/Obama_Announces_International_Tax_Crackdown_____36605.html] He voted against the 2010 tax compromise, criticizing the renewal of the Bush tax cuts, saying “This bill is largely a mish-mash of rejected Republican ideas that cost too much to accomplish too little.” He led a group of Democrats who “criticized the inclusion of a Social Security payroll tax reduction, saying it would endanger the soundness of the program.”
In 2010, Doggett was responsible for an amendment to an education jobs bill which would mandate Texas keeping the same amount of education funding for three years in order to receive $832 million in federal money. Rick Perry called it “an unconstitutional anti-Texas amendment” and would later file a lawsuit after the Department of Education declined the application for funds.
In 2015, Doggett introduced legislation to close a loophole that allows tax write-offs for senior executive bonuses, calling it “a perverse incentive for companies: the more you pay your executives, the less you’ll pay in taxes.” SOURCES: http://www.cq.com/doc/member-467?3, https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2103?q=%7B"search"%3A%5B"Stop+Subsidizing+Multimillion+Dollar+Corporate+Bonuses+Act"%5D%7D&r=1 http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/democrats-push-to-tax-excessive-employee-pay/article/2611587
Doggett has backed bills with the intention of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting cap-and-trade as well as clean technologies. Doggett supported the 2009 climate-change bill, “despite claiming it didn't do enough to protect the environment.” He said it stripped the EPA of too much power and was too beneficial to coal plants and “other polluters.” Doggett supports auctioning carbon allowances, and has worked to make legislation usually associated with the House Ways and Means Committee to be associated with the Energy and Commerce Committee.
In March 2010, Doggett voted in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Prior to his vote, Doggett cited concerns with the bill not including enough affordability, insurance competition provisions, and consumer protection provisions. Originally an advocate of a public option, he conceded the option in the final vote.
- Criticism of healthcare opponents
In August 2009 a “rally” against the health care plans broke out after Doggett said that he would support the bill even if his constituents were opposed to the legislation. The protestors, who chanted “just say no”, were later criticized by Doggett, who called them a “mob” and “extremists”, and said the group was part of the “party of no.” Of the situation, he said: “Their fanatical insistence on repealing Social Security and Medicare is not just about halting health care reform but rolling back 75 years of progress.” Doggett stated that he was committed to individual choices.
Doggett reportedly tried to answer questions, but felt the demonstrators opposed all government programs, including Social Security and Medicare, in addition to the health care plan. He said that “[i]n Texas, not only with the weather but with the politics, it is pretty hardball around here ... I have a pretty thick skin about all of this. But this really goes over the line.'”
Doggett supports a guest worker program for illegal immigrants. In 2004, he voted against a bill that would have required hospitals to report illegal immigrants who received hospital treatment to the U.S. Department of Justice. The Federation for American Immigration Reform gave him a score of 0% in 2003.
Doggett was one of the leading opponents of the authorization of the Iraq War in 2003 and called for a timetable for U.S. troops pulling out of Iraq. On May 24, 2007, Doggett was one of 140 Democrats and 2 Republicans to vote against HR 2206, a bill that would provide emergency supplemental appropriations for funding the war, and in 2009 he was one of only 30 Representatives to vote against HR 2346 which provided funding to continue war.
- Before 2012
In 1984 he lost the U.S. Senate election to then U.S. Representative Phil Gramm by a margin of 59 to 41 percent. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994 in what was then the 10th District after 32-year incumbent Jake Pickle retired. He was one of the few Democrats to win an open seat in that year's massive Republican landslide. Running for re-election in 1996, Congressman Doggett defeated a challenger in Republican Teresa Doggett, to whom he is no relation. It marked the second election in a row in which he defeated a black female Republican. In the years following his first re-election, Doggett would consistently win around 85% of the vote, facing only Libertarian opponents. The 10th, which had once been represented by Lyndon Johnson, had long been a liberal Democratic bastion in increasingly Republican Texas.
Redistricting by the Texas Legislature in 2003 split Austin, which had been located entirely or almost entirely in the 10th district for more than a century, among three districts. Through Republican gerrymandering, Doggett's home wound up in a new, heavily Republican 10th district stretching from north central Austin to the Houston suburbs. Most of Doggett's former territory wound up on the 25th district, which consisted of a long tendril stretching from Austin to McAllen on the Mexican border. It was called "the fajita strip" or "the bacon strip" because of its shape. Doggett moved to the newly configured 25th and entered the Democratic primary—the real contest in the heavily Democratic, majority-Hispanic district. He won the primary and went on to victory in November.
On June 28, 2006, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the nearby 23rd District's lines violated the rights of Latino voters. As part of the 2003 redistricting, heavily Democratic and majority-Latino Laredo had largely been cut out of the 23rd and replaced by several heavily Republican areas near San Antonio. The decision turned on the fact that the 23rd was a protected majority-Latino district—in other words, if the 23rd was ever redrawn to put Latinos in a minority, an acceptable majority-Latino district had to be created in its place. While the new 23rd was 55% Latino, only 46% of its voting population was Latino. The Court therefore found that the 23rd was not an acceptable Latino-majority district. It also found that the 25th was not compact enough to be an acceptable replacement because the two Latino communities in the district were more than 300 miles apart, creating the impression that it had been deliberately drawn to pick up as many Latinos as possible without regard to compactness.
Due to the size of the 23rd, the ruling forced the redrawing of five districts between El Paso and San Antonio, including the 25th. For the 2006 election, Doggett regained most of his old base in Austin (though not the area around the University of Texas at Austin, which stayed in the 21st), and also picked up several suburbs southeast of the city. After skating to reelection in 2006 and 2008, he was held to only 52 percent of the vote in 2010—his closest race since 1996.
It was reported that the new Congressional maps in Texas turned Doggett's district from a strongly Democratic district into a strongly Republican one. The new map split Doggett's old territory among five districts. His home was placed in a new, heavily Republican 25th District stretching from western Austin all the way to the fringes of the Metroplex. Much of his old base, however, was placed in the newly created 35th district, a majority-Hispanic district stretching from San Antonio to eastern Austin. Doggett's home was located approximately five blocks east of the 35th. It appeared that the Republican-controlled state legislature had gerrymandered the district by packing as many Democrats in the San Antonio-Austin corridor into it as possible.
Doggett accused the Republicans of wanting to make it difficult, if not impossible, for an Anglo Democrat to be elected to Congress from Texas, saying, "The Republican Party is determined to make the Democratic Party a party of minorities — that is what this is about, as well." He added that the Republicans were deliberately trying to reduce Austin's clout in Congress by "deny(ing) the capital city an opportunity to have a district that reflects the capital city." He was faced with the choice between running in the reconfigured 25th or moving, joking that he would live in a Winnebago to be able to run in the newly created 35th.
Doggett was set to face State Representative Joaquin Castro in the District 35 primary election. The potential race was described as the biggest threat to Dogett's survival yet, with Castro being seen as a “rising star” in the Democratic party. Doggett accused Castro of working alongside Republicans throughout the redistricting process. The Republican House Redistricting Committee later clarified, saying that any discussions with Castro took place after the area for the district was decided. However, Castro opted to run in the neighboring 20th District after its incumbent, Charlie Gonzalez, announced his retirement.
Doggett eventually decided to run in the 35th District, facing Bexar County assessor Sylvia Romo. Before the primaries, he said that he would move into the district if he were to win. Political commentators suggested that Romo had the district numbers in her favor, but was attempting the difficult leap from local office to Congress, while Doggett had a huge amount of funding. Doggett has stressed his long tenure as a progressive Democrat, saying he wants to “stoutly defend Social Security, Medicare, and national health care, and also notes his strong support for both higher education programs and public education.” By contrast, Romo’s campaign stressed her tax knowledge and CPA license, focusing on her potential to help with Congressional tax reform and economic growth.
Doggett won the primary with 73.2% of the vote. He performed strongly in San Antonio, an area he had never before represented. The district is so heavily Democratic that he was heavily favored to win the general election in November. He easily defeated Republican challenger Susan Narvaiz in the general election to become the first Anglo Democrat to represent a significant portion of San Antonio since Chick Kazen left office in 1985.
Doggett won his twelfth term in the U.S. House in the general election held on November 8, 2016. With 124,612 votes (63.1 percent), he defeated the Republican Susan Griffith Narvaiz (born 1957) of San Marcos, who polled 62,384 ballots (31.6 percent). Two other contenders held the remaining 5.4 percent of the ballots cast.
This section needs to be updated.(December 2015)
|1994||Lloyd Doggett||Democratic||113,738||56.31||Jo Baylor||Republican||80,382||39.22||Other||7,866||3.89|
|1996||Lloyd Doggett||Democratic||132,066||56.20||Teresa Doggett||Republican||97,204||41.36||Other||5,721||2.43|
|1998||Lloyd Doggett||Democratic||116,127||85.21||Vincent J. May||Libertarian||20,155||14.79|
|2000||Lloyd Doggett||Democratic||203,628||84.55||Michael Davis||Libertarian||37,203||15.45|
|2002||Lloyd Doggett||Democratic||114,428||84.37||Michele Messina||Libertarian||21,196||15.63|
|2004||Lloyd Doggett||Democratic||108,309||67.60||Rebecca Klein||Republican||49,252||30.74||James Werner||Libertarian||2,656||1.66|
|2006||Lloyd Doggett||Democratic||109,839||67.25||Grant Rostig||Republican||42,956||26.30||Barbara Cunningham||Libertarian||6,933||4.25||Brian Parrett||Independent||3,594||2.20|
|2008||Lloyd Doggett||Democratic||191,755||65.82||George Morovich||Republican||88,693||30.44||Jim Stutsman||Libertarian||10,848||3.72|
|2010||Lloyd Doggett||Democratic||99,967||52.82||Donna Campbell||Republican||84,849||44.83||Jim Stutsman||Libertarian||4,431||2.34|
The Sunlight Project estimates his average net worth in 2006 was over $13 million. In 2008, the Sunlight Foundation pointed out that among the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Doggett has the 11th-highest amount of investment in oil stocks.
In April 2008 while celebrating the upcoming Earth Day Doggett fell off of his bicycle and broke his leg. This accident was similar to a bicycle crash that occurred a year previously in which his friend, the former mayor of Austin Bruce Todd, fell off his bicycle and suffered a serious head injury and several broken bones. 
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- Map of Texas Congressional districts 25-36
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- Congressman Lloyd Doggett official U.S. House site
- Lloyd Doggett for Congress
- Lloyd Doggett at DMOZ
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
Charles F. Herring
|Texas State Senator
from District 14 (Austin)
|Texas Supreme Court Justice,
|U.S. House of Representatives|
J. J. Pickle
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 10th congressional district
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 25th congressional district
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 35th congressional district
|Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority