Nicholas Lampson

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Nick Lampson is a former member of Congress

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.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Lampson voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

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Early life

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.

Legislative career

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. [1]

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.

Texas redistricting

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%.

Family life

He is married to Susan Floyd Lampson, a special education teacher in Beaumont. The couple has two grown daughters, Stephanie and Hillary.

Health problems

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". [2]

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.[2]

2008 elections

2008 superdelegate

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.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Nicholas Lampson, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

  • Dem Con Watch
  • Lampson's campaign accepted $5,000 from the Obama campaign.[3]
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    Committees and Affiliations

    More Background Data


    DC Office:
    436 Cannon HOB
    Washington DC 20515
    Phone: 202.225.5951
    Fax: 202.225.5241
    Web Email

    District Office

    10701 Corporate Dr #118
    Stafford TX 77477
    Phone: 281.240.3700
    Fax: 281.240.2959

    Articles and resources


    1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
    2. "Elections 2006," CNN.
    3. "Capital Eye: Superdelegates"

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