U.S. Congressman Ted Poe
passionate, commonsense, innovative articles and speeches on Border
Security and Illegal Immigration are consistently popular with elected
officials at all levels of government who are on the front lines of these
important issues. He is in his second term as the United States
Representative for Southeast Texas’ 2nd Congressional District.
Congressman Poe has a distinguished career of public service to the Lone
Congressman Poe first made a name for himself in Texas as a
straight-talking, no-nonsense chief felony prosecutor. As an assistant
district attorney for eight years, Poe tried hundreds of cases, even those
seeking the death penalty, and never lost a jury trial. When Poe became a
judge in 1981 he continued his dedication to justice and became one of the
youngest judges in the State of Texas, serving as a Harris County felony
court judge for 22 years.
six times to the bench in Houston, Texas, Judge Poe garnered national
media attention for his “Poetic Justice” in sentencing criminals. Among
his innovative punishments Poe ordered thieves to carry signs in front of
stores from which they stole; required men who abused their wives to
publicly apologize on the steps of Houston’s City Hall; commanded sex
offenders to place warning signs on their home after serving jail time;
and directed murderers to securely place a photo of their victims on the
wall of their prison cells creating a daily reminder of their crime.
In 1999, Judge Poe helped craft pioneering state legislation allowing
Texas judges to order public notice of a crime in probation cases. His
public punishment approach has been showcased through media venues such as
60 Minutes, 20/20, Dateline, National Geographic, and Australian, German,
French, Bulgarian, Japanese, and British newscasts. Congressman Poe
appears regularly on FOX News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, and numerous local
broadcasts as a political and legal analyst.
Today, Congressman Poe takes his passionate, commonsense, innovative
approach to problems to Washington, D.C.
Congressman Poe has obtained significant appointments to the House
Committee on Foreign Affairs (including the terrorism subcommittee) and
the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure where he is one
of only two Texans appointed to this important committee.
In February 2005, Congressman Poe was selected as one of only two members
of Congress to travel to Iraq to observe the historic Iraqi elections.
Congressman Poe was proud to visit polling locations, speak with Iraqi
voters and visit with troops from Texas and around the United States.
While in Washington, Congressman Poe founded and co-chairs
the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus to represent and advocate before
the United States Congress and the Administration on behalf of victims.
The bipartisan Congressional Victim’s Rights Caucus has helped pass
victims’ legislation including the Adam Walsh Child Safety Act which
tracks child predators across state lines once they leave prison.
Congressman Poe has a sustained passion for protecting abused, assaulted,
and neglected children. He currently serves on the Board of the National
Children’s Alliance in Washington, D.C. and the Children’s Assessment
Center of Houston.
A prominent speaker, Congressman Poe has delivered over 1,000 training
sessions and keynote addresses to law enforcement entities as well as
attorneys, judges and private citizens’ organizations in the areas of
crime, leadership practices, gang investigations, terrorism, probation and
parole, narcotics, school safety, punishment techniques, victims’ rights
and court docket management. In addition to training, Judge Poe taught
criminal justice courses at the University of Houston, conducted training
at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s National Academy in
Quantico, Virginia and taught at the United States Military Academy in
West Point, New York.
Congressman Ted Poe earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from
Abilene Christian University, where he served as class president. He went
on to receive his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston
Law Center where he was a member of the Law School Honor Society. A former
member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s C-130 Unit at Houston’s Ellington
Air Force Base, Congressman Poe’s hobbies include photography and the
study of Texas history.