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Joshua Kowert was a Republican candidate in the 2008 congressional elections for the 4th Congressional District (map) of Texas. He was seeking the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas), but lost a primary election to Hall on March 4, 2008. 
Positions, record and controversies
Joshua was born in Austin, Texas in 1981. He spent most of his childhood growing up in Austin, and then later Keller, near Ft. Worth. During his youth, he dedicated his time to his studies, sports, and community involvement. He was involved with the DARE role model program in high school, as well as meals on wheels and youth mentoring with his future finace Baylee.
After graduating in the top 10% of his class, Joshua attended college at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. There he continued his community involvement, helping establish the Grayson County Community development board with several classmates his senior year. He graduated from Austin College in May 2004 Cum Laude, with a BA in International Economics and Finance. He was in the top 15 students of his class.
After graduating from Austin College, he spent the summer in Washington DC interning in the Congressional Office of Congressman Pete Sessions (R TX-32). Upon his return to Texas, he was hired by a Dallas based law firm as their lobbyist in Austin during the 2005 session. He was the youngest registered lobbyist in Texas at the time.
When the session concluded, he went to work for the Sherman ISD as a substitute teacher, teaching grades K-12, and then later accepting a position at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
In 2006, Joshua returned to school, this time at American University in Washington DC, where he studied International Economic Relations. He will be receiving his Masters degree in May 2008.
In Washington, Joshua worked at the American Academy of Diplomacy, a non-profit foreign policy think tank comprised of former high ranking State Department and government officials.
Money in politics
Committees and affiliations
Kowert will be assigned committees if and when he is elected to Congress.
More background data
Articles and resources
- 2008 U.S. congressional elections
- Portal:Texas and the U.S. Congress
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 2008 Republican Party Primary Election Returns, Texas Secretary of State's Office, retrieved March 6, 2008
- ↑ 2008 Race Tracker page on Texas’s 4th Congressional District
- ↑ Official Kowert for Congress website