About Ted Poe

tp_homeTed Poe’s grandmother encouraged him to do things that benefit the greater good, leaving your surroundings better than when you arrived. She instilled in him the love of Texas, faith, service and country. Since then, Ted has dedicated his life to public service.

After graduating from Abilene Christian University, Ted enlisted in the Air Force Reserves in a C-130 Unit stationed at Ellington Air Force Base and earned a law degree from the University of Houston. After graduating, he accepted a position as Prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. During his eight years of service, he became a Chief Felony Prosecutor and tried the most serious of all criminal cases. He never lost a jury trial. During this time, he also taught at the University of Houston.

tp_homeHe then became one of the youngest judges ever appointed in Texas and one of the first Republicans elected to the bench since Reconstruction. He spent over 20+ years in the Harris County Courthouse, moving over 20,000 felony criminal cases. In the courtroom, Judge Poe saw problems with the punishment of criminals in Harris County and believed that individuals convicted of crime are served best by a sentence that teaches the consequences of their actions. His innovative punishments – dubbed “Poetic Justice” — included ordering thieves to carry signs, requiring abusive spouses to publicly apologize, and ordering murderers to place a photo of their victims on their prison cell wall.

Judge Poe took his desire to serve the greater good to another level when he decided to run for Congress. When he came to Washington, he saw that crime victims had no organized voice in Congress. So, he partnered with a Democrat to create the bipartisan Victims’ Rights Caucus. The Caucus has been instrumental in passing legislation that protects our communities and restores victims, including the Adam Walsh Child Predator Act, the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act, the SAFER Act (included in the Violence Against Women Act), and the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. In Congress, Ted serves on the Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees and serves as Chairman of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee.

For his work in Washington, Congressman Poe has received the following awards and honors:

  • Congressional Champion from Save the Children
  • Small Business Champion Award from the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council
  • Super Friend of Seniors from the 60 Plus Association
  • Statesman of the Year form Texas Asian Republican Caucus
  • ProtectHer Award from New Friends New Life, an organization that restores and empowers formerly trafficked teen girls and sexually exploited women and their children
  • Port Person of the Year from the American Association of Port Authorities
  • Border Defender of the Year from the Friends of the Border Patrol for his efforts to exonerate Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean
  • Hero of Main Street Award from the National Retail Federation
  • Visionary Leadership Award from the National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • Social Change Award from Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
  • Visionary Award from Park People (Houston)
  • True Blue Award from the Family Research Council
  • Friend of the Farm Bureau Award
  • Legislator of the Year Award from the North Texas Crime Commission
  • Thomas Jefferson Award from the International Foodservice Distributors Association
  • The Themis Award from the Child Justice & Courageous Kids Network
  • The 2014 President’s Award from the National District Attorneys Association
  • The 2013 Pathbreaker Award from Shared Hope International
  • Congressional Crime Fighter Award from the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN)
  • Defender of Housing Award from the Greater Houston Builders Association
  • Taxpayer Hero Award from Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW)

The following organizations have endorsed Congressman Poe for reelection:

  • National Rifle Association (A+ Ranking)
  • The Houston Chronicle
  • The Jewish Herald-Voice
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • Houston Association of Realtors
  • C Club of Houston
  • Texas Medical Association (TEXPAC)
  • National Right to Life (100% pro-life voting record)
  • The National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition
  • The Business and Commerce PAC, political arm of the Texas Association of Business
  • National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO)
  • Texas Farm Bureau AgFund
  • HOSPAC, the bipartisan political action committee of the Texas Hospital Association