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Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)

U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over all tax and trade measures as well as Social Security and Medicare. He is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Human Resources, which has jurisdiction over issues that relate to child care, child and family services, child support, foster care, adoption, and unemployment compensation. He is also a member of the Social Security Subcommittee and Oversight Subcommittee.

For his work on this subcommittee and leadership on issues important to all children, Representative Doggett was awarded the 2015 “Congressional Champion for Real and Lasting Change” Award from Save the Children. He has also been named “Champion of Children” by the First Focus Campaign, a national, bipartisan child advocacy group, and recognized by the National Children’s Alliance. In addition, he was named the Public Official of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, recognizing his work to advance the cause of social justice for working Texas families through his commitment to health care, public and higher education, civil and human rights, and social practice.

Congress approved Representative Doggett’s Protect Our Kids Act to reduce child abuse and neglect. The bipartisan bill establishes a national commission, appointed by the President and Congress, to develop recommendations to reduce the number of children who die from abuse and neglect. In a Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee hearing last year on the issue of child deaths stemming from neglect and abuse, Representative Doggett concluded that “we are aware that there are so many, many children across the country who lose their lives or are permanently scarred by abuse from a caretaker. We know that there are many reasons why this happens—our goal must be to improve our understanding of these causes and what we can do to prevent this kind of maltreatment of children.”

As a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Representative Doggett has been a vocal advocate for tax code reform and has sought to close tax loopholes that favor large corporate interests to the detriment of small businesses and individual taxpayers. He was featured in a CBS News 60 Minutes segment by Lesley Stahl and on MSNBC’s Morning Joe regarding his longstanding efforts to address multinational corporate tax abuse. He has also been a leading advocate of budget scrutiny of “tax expenditures” made available through preferential treatment in the tax code.

Representative Doggett has long opposed efforts to privatize Social Security, while having promoted affordable prescription drug coverage for seniors and worked to boost federal support for education, maintaining that America’s competitiveness begins with an opportunity for students to achieve all of the education for which they are willing to work. Representative Doggett introduced a permanent extension of the American Opportunity Tax Credit that he successfully authored, which provides an annual $2,500 tax credit for students seeking more education after high school. This permanent extension of Representative Doggett’s vital tax cut would make the credit more generous, make it work more efficiently for students who receive Pell grants, and help simplify the tax code.
President Obama has repeatedly called on Congress to make this tax cut permanent. “Higher education success should depend on how hard you work, not how much you can afford to spend,” said Representative Doggett. “This ‘More Education’ tax cut that I authored ensures more young Americans can achieve their full potential. Making this tax cut for tuition and textbooks permanent and easier to claim for families is critical to our future competitiveness.”

In December 2014, President Obama signed into law legislation that included Representative Doggett’s bill to expand San Antonio Missions National Historical Park by 137 acres near Missions Espada, San José, and San Juan. The inclusion of more historical areas within the boundary of the park allows the National Park Service to protect significant cultural resources, including labors—original Spanish farm
fields near Mission San Juan.

For his efforts to expand Missions National Park and his 100 percent voting record on national parks issues, Representative Doggett was awarded the National Parks Conservation Association’s “Friend of the National Parks” award in a ceremony at Mission San Jose Granary.

Representative Doggett has also been a longtime, vocal advocate of enacting real, meaningful, comprehensive immigration reform to unite families, including the DREAM Act. He has also worked to ensure veterans have better access to the health care facilities and to the educational benefits they earned.

Representative Doggett was awarded the Interfaith Action of Central Texas Hope Award for his long history of advocacy for policies promoting social justice and education. He has also been honored with the national AARP 2008 Legislative Achievement Award for his leadership on Medicare. For his work ensuring that families have access to health care, he received awards from the National Association of Community Health Centers and the Texas Association of Community Health Centers. For his work protecting the environment, Representative Doggett was honored in 2006 by the Texas League of Conservation Voters with its inaugural Environmental Champion Award.

Austin Chronicle readers again named Lloyd Doggett as the “Best Elected Official for 2012,” saying that during his career in Congress he has always risen “to defend the values of Austin, Travis County, and his entire district, no matter how hard the Republicans have tried to take him out of the game.” It was the seventh time that he’d been honored by the Chronicle, which noted in 2008 that he serves “with distinction, courage, and forthrightness.”

Representative Doggett’s strong defense of consumer rights earned him a Public Interest Champion award from the Public Interest Research Group in 2003. For his efforts on behalf of small-business and economic development in Central Texas, the Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Commerce honored him as the 2006 Business Advocate of the Year in government. For his support of the San Antonio VIA Metropolitan Transit system, he was given an Excellence Award.

When attending the University of Texas in Austin, he was elected Student Body President in 1967 and graduated first in his class from the College of Business Administration. Later, he graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with honors, having served as an Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review. Elected to the Texas Senate, he became known for his untiring work ethic. He authored 124 state laws, including the creation of the Texas Commission on Human Rights to prohibit discrimination, and the Texas Sunset Act, which continues to seek greater efficiency and accountability by requiring periodic review of government agencies.

Elected in 1988 to serve as a Justice to the Texas Supreme Court, Lloyd Doggett wrote opinions supporting the right to a trial by jury and authored an important rule bolstering the public’s access to information. He served as Chair of the Supreme Court Task Force on Judicial Ethics and was recognized as an “Outstanding Judge in Texas” by the Mexican-American Bar of Texas, awarded the James Madison Award from the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, and received the First Amendment Award from the National Society of Professional Journalists.