LEADERSHIP The Honorable Ted Poe
The Honorable Ted Poe Advisory Board
“Judge” Ted Poe is an American politician who represented Texas’s 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2005 to 2019. Poe was the first Republican to represent the 2nd district. In November 2017, Poe announced that he would retire from Congress, and not seek re-election in 2018.
Poe was born in Temple in Bell County, Texas, but attended Spring Woods High School in Houston, Texas. Poe resides in Humble, Texas. He graduated in 1970, with a degree in political science from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas; he was his class president. In 1973, he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center. He participated in the school’s honor society.
From 1970 to 1976, he served in the United States Air Force Reserve’s C-130 Unit at Houston’s Ellington Air Force Base. After serving as a chief felony prosecutor in Harris County (Houston) for eight years, Poe was appointed a felony court judge in Harris County in 1981, becoming one of the youngest judges in the state. In November 2004, Poe ran for the U.S. House in the 2nd District. Poe won 55% of the vote. Poe made border security a centerpiece of his re-election strategy, calling for “more [National] Guardsmen on the border front”.
In November 2006, Poe won a second term with 65.6% of the vote, defeating Democrat Gary Binderim, who took 32.7%. In November 2008 and 2010, Poe did not face a Democratic challenger in the general election. In 2008, he defeated Libertarian Craig Wolfe, taking 88.9% of the vote to Wolfe’s 11.1%. In 2010, he defeated Libertarian David Smith with 88.6 percent of the vote to Smith’s 11.4 percent. Poe announced on November 7, 2017 that he would not seek re-election in 2018.
Congressman Poe served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade as Chairman and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations as Vice Chair. He also served on the Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement. In addition to Poe’s committee assignments, he is the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus. Since 2012, he has been the head of the Congressional Serbian Caucus. He is also a member of the Republican Study Committee, the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, the Tea Party Caucus, the House Baltic Caucus and the United States Congressional International Conservation Caucus.