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Jeb Hensarling

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Jeb Hensarling (born May 29, 1957), American politician, has been the Republican congressman representing the Texas 5th congressional district (map (http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/preview/congdist/tx05_109.gif)) in the United States House of Representatives since 2003.

Hensarling was born in Stephenville, Texas, and grew up on the family farm in College Station. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 1982 he earned a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Jeb Hensarling (center) being sworn in by Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (left).

Prior to serving in Congress, Hensarling was State Director for Texas Senator Phil Gramm from 1985 until 1989. Then from 1991 to 1993 he served as executive director of the Republican Senatorial Committee.

Leaving politics, Hensarling next served as a vice president at two different companies before becoming owner of San Jacinto Ventures in 1996 and CEO of Family Support Assurance Corporation in 2001. He continues to hold both positions. He served as vice president of Green Mountain Energy from 1999-2001.

Congressman Hensarling was elected to his first term in 2002, defeating Democratic opponent Ron Chapman with 58% of the vote. He was reelected in 2004 with 64% of the vote over Democratic challenger Bill Bernstein.

Hensarling is a member of the House Budget and Financial Services Committees.

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