Kenny Marchant

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Kenny Marchant
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Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee
In office
January 3, 2019 – January 3, 2021
Preceded byTed Deutch
Succeeded byJackie Walorski
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 24th district
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2021
Preceded byMartin Frost
Succeeded byBeth Van Duyne
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
In office
January 13, 1987 – January 3, 2005
Preceded byWilliam W. Blanton
Succeeded byJim Jackson
Constituency99th district (1987–2001)
115th district (2003–2005)
Personal details
Kenny Ewell Marchant

(1951-02-23) February 23, 1951 (age 71)
Bonham, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Donna Marchant
EducationSouthern Nazarene University (BA)

Kenny Ewell Marchant (born February 23, 1951) is an American politician who served as the U.S. representative for Texas's 24th congressional district, from 2005 to 2021. A member of the Republican Party, he represented several areas around Dallas and Fort Worth.

On August 5, 2019, Marchant announced that he would not seek re-election to Congress in 2020. He was succeeded by fellow Republican Beth Van Duyne.[1]

Early life, education and career

Marchant was born in Bonham, Texas, but grew up in Carrollton, a Dallas suburb. He graduated from R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton and attended college at Southern Nazarene University (SNU) in Bethany, Oklahoma, at which he graduated with a Business Administration degree. He worked as a real estate developer and he owned a homebuilding company prior to entering politics.

Marchant served on the Carrollton City Council from 1980 to 1984, and was mayor of Carrollton from 1984 to 1986, both nonpartisan positions.

Texas House of Representatives

He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1987 to 2004. During three of his nine terms in the Texas House, Marchant served as chairman of the Committee on Financial Institutions. He pushed for legislation that reorganized the Texas Banking Code. In 2002, he was chosen as Chairman of the Texas House Republican Caucus. In 2004, he was named a Top Ten Legislator by Texas Monthly and Legislator of the Year by the Texas Municipal League.[2]

U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

Marchant was also a member of the Republican Study Committee,[3] the Tea Party Caucus and the U.S.-Japan Caucus.[4]

In the 110th Congress, Marchant served on the United States House Committee on Financial Services, Committee on Education and Labor, and Oversight and Government Reform Committee.[5]

Political positions

Marchant worked closely with Bush when he was governor of Texas, and bills himself as a staunch conservative. However, he has occasionally broken ranks with the GOP, as he did to increase the minimum wage.[6] He has said that his top priority on Capitol Hill will be cutting the federal deficit with fiscal conservative policies. In 2017, he voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Marchant expressed opposition to the proposed "Green New Deal" resolution in 2019, alleging that it would cost up to $93 trillion without having any effect on the global climate.[7][8]

Marchant cosponsored legislation H.R. 1503 to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require candidates for the presidency "to include with the campaign committee's statement of organization a copy of the candidate's birth certificate" plus supporting documentation.[9] Introduced without the Republican leadership being informed,[10] Florida Today commented that the bill "stems from fringe opponents of President Barack Obama who, during the 2008 election campaign, questioned whether Obama was born in Hawaii."[11]

On December 18, 2019, Marchant voted against both articles of impeachment against Trump. Of the 195 Republicans who voted, all voted against both impeachment articles.

Texas v. Pennsylvania

In December 2020, Marchant was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives who signed an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden prevailed[12] over incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of the election held by another state.[13][14][15]

Political campaigns

During the 2003 Texas redistricting, the 24th District, represented by 13-term Democrat Martin Frost, was reconfigured to be significantly more Republican. The old 24th had covered mostly Democratic areas around Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington. However, the reconfigured district shed its portions of Arlington and Fort Worth, replacing them with more suburban and Republican territory around Dallas. Had the district existed in 2000, George W. Bush would have won it with 68 percent of the vote.

Marchant ran for the redrawn district and was elected to Congress in 2004. He was reelected in 2006 (with 60% of the ballots cast) and 2008 (with 56% of the ballots cast). In 2014 he joined the newly founded Friends of Wales Caucus.[16]

Marchant won his seventh term in the House in the general election held on November 8, 2016. With 154,845 votes (56.2 percent), he defeated Democrat Jan McDowell, who received 108,389 (39.3 percent). Two other candidates held the remaining 4.5 percent of the ballots cast.[17]

Marchant narrowly won his eighth term in the House in the general election held on November 6, 2018. With 133,317 votes, 50.6%, with Democrat Jan McDowell receiving 125,231 votes, 47.5%. The margin of victory of 3.1% over his Democratic opponent was a marked reduction from the same campaign between the two in 2016, with a difference of 16.9% then. Libertarian Mike Kolls received 4,870 votes, 1.8%.[18]

Personal life

Marchant is married to Donna Marchant and has four children[19][20] and seven grandchildren.[21] They live in Coppell, a Dallas suburb.[19] Marchant's son Matthew Marchant is a former mayor of Carrollton, Texas.[22]


  1. ^ Martin, Jonathan (August 5, 2019). "Kenny Marchant Will Be Fourth Texas Republican Congressman to Retire in 2020". New York Times. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  2. ^ "About". U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant. Retrieved October 22, 2019. ...was named a "Top Ten Legislator" by Texas Monthly, "Legislator of the Year" by the Texas Municipal League...
  3. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  4. ^ "Members". U.S. - Japan Caucus. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  5. ^ "Legislation". Congressman Kenny Marchant - 24th District of Texas. Archived from the original on March 26, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  6. ^ McKenzie, William (January 20, 2008). "Works well with others? What a flaw!". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on October 4, 2008.
  7. ^ Marchant, Kenny (February 15, 2019). "No airplane, home or cow is safe from the Democrats' Green New Deal". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  8. ^ "Kenny Marchant". Facebook. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  9. ^ Smith, Ben (March 13, 2009). "Birther bill hits Congress". Retrieved March 13, 2009.
  10. ^ Preston, Mark (March 13, 2009). "Republican wants WH candidates to prove citizenship". CNN. Retrieved March 13, 2009.
  11. ^ Kim Eun Kyung (March 14, 2009). "Posey to president hopefuls: Prove it". Florida Today. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  12. ^ Blood, Michael R.; Riccardi, Nicholas (December 5, 2020). "Biden officially secures enough electors to become president". AP News. Archived from the original on December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  13. ^ Liptak, Adam (December 11, 2020). "Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  14. ^ "Order in Pending Case" (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. December 11, 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  15. ^ Diaz, Daniella. "Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court". CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  16. ^ Bowman, Bridget (February 28, 2014). "Dragons, Daffodils and a Drop of Whiskey for Welsh Caucus". Rollcall. Archived from the original on November 4, 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  17. ^ "2016 General Election". Texas Secretary of State. November 8, 2016. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  18. ^ "2018 General Election". Texas Secretary of State. November 6, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  19. ^ a b "Biography". U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  20. ^ "Congressman Kenny Marchant: It Has Been an Honor to Serve You in Congress". U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant. August 5, 2019. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  21. ^ "Republican US Rep. Kenny Marchant announces retirement". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. August 8, 2019. Retrieved August 4, 2022.
  22. ^ Bays, Sarah (May 19, 2017). "Reflections of a Carrollton mayor". Carrollton Leader. Carrollton, Texas. Retrieved October 22, 2019.

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Preceded by Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 99th district

Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 115th district

Succeeded by
Jim Jackson
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from Texas's 24th congressional district

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