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Nick Lampson, a Democrat, represented the Twenty-Second Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives between 2007-2009. He was defeated by Pete Olson (R) in the 2008 general election.
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Lampson voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.
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A lifelong resident of the oil-producing city of Beaumont, Texas and second-generation Italian-American, Lampson earned his Bachelors Degree in Biology and Masters Degree in Education from Lamar University. In 1976, he was elected property tax assessor for Jefferson County, of which Beaumont is the county seat. He served in that post for 18 years, during which he modernized the office and improved collection rates.
Lampson did not seek a ninth term as tax assessor in 1994, but in 1996 won the Democratic nomination for Texas's Ninth District, which included Beaumont. 
Just months into his first term, a family in his district suffered a widely-publicized tragedy. A 12-year-old girl from Friendswood, Texas was abducted and found murdered two weeks later. Lampson was so moved by the family's courage and the caring response of the community in banding together to search for the child, that he established the first-ever Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, which now numbers more than 120 members from both parties.
Lampson had been reelected three times without serious opposition, but in the 2003 Texas congressional redistricting , House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) orchestrated a controversial, mid-decade effort to get more Republican congressmen elected from Texas and Lampson was one of the targets. His district was renumbered and radically altered. In particular, Galveston, which had been the heart of the district and its previous incarnations for over a century, was removed. In its place, several heavily Republican areas in and around Houston were added to the district.
Lampson's 2004 Republican opponent was Ted Poe, a longtime felony court judge in Harris County, home to most of Houston. Lampson lost to Poe, 43-55%.
- See Congresspedia pages on the 2003 Texas congressional redistricting and the Texas redistricting scandal for more details.
He is married to Susan Floyd Lampson, a special education teacher in Beaumont. The couple has two grown daughters, Stephanie and Hillary.
On March 25, 2007 Rep. Lampson, underwent quadrupedal bypass surgery and will remain in the Houston area for 3 to 4 weeks while he recovers. Lampson spokesman Bobby Zafarnia said, "The physicians have indicated that the surgery proceeded well and that Congressman Lampson will make a full recovery". 
2006 congressional election
On May 4, 2005, Lampson announced his intentions to run in Texas's 22nd Congressional District (DeLay's district). The 22nd had absorbed several parts of Lampson's former territory, including much of Galveston. DeLay resigned in April 2006 amid several indictments for violating Texas election law in 2002. His name was unable to be replaced on the ballot, and local Republican officials rallied behind Shelley Sekula-Gibbs as their preferred write-in candidate. Texas Governor Rick Perry announced on August 29, 2006, that a special election would take place for the unexpired term of Tom DeLay, coinciding with the general election on November 7, 2006.
Lampson defeated Sekula-Gibbs 52%-42% to win the seat.
|This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Texas superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.|
Money in politics
This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.
|Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle|
|Donor||Amount (US Dollars)|
|American Assn for Justice||$ 10,000|
|American Federation of Teachers||$ 10,000|
|American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees||$ 10,000|
|Blue Dog PAC||$ 10,000|
|BRIDGE PAC||$ 10,000|
|International Assn of Fire Fighters||$ 10,000|
|International Longshoremens Assn||$ 10,000|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$ 10,000|
|Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union||$ 10,000|
|Operating Engineers Union||$ 10,000|
|Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.|
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
|Links to more campaign contribution information for Nicholas Lampson
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
|Fundraising profile:||2008 election cycle||Career totals|
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- Revolving door profile for Nicholas Lampson from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Nicholas Lampson from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Nicholas Lampson from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and Affiliations
- House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Railroads
- House Committee on Agriculture
- Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry
- Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry
- House Committee on Science and Technology
- Subcommittee on Environment and Energy -Chair
- Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
More Background Data
10701 Corporate Dr #118
Stafford TX 77477
Articles and resources
- ↑ Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
- ↑ "Elections 2006," CNN.
- ↑ "Capital Eye: Superdelegates"
- Todd Ackerman, "Lampson in Houston hospital after heart surgery", Houston Chronicle, March 26, 2007.
- Nick Lampson for District 22, official campaign site.
Local blogs and discussion sites
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November 7, 2006
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US House of Representatives, Jefferson County Tax Assessor-Collector, Date Re-Elected to the House: November 7, 2006
|Other Party Membership: January 3, 2009|
Date of Birth: February 14, 1945
November 7, 2006