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October 23, 2012

Meet Randy Weber, candidate for U.S. Rep. District 14

PORT ARTHUR — Randy Weber got involved with politics because of one man: Ronald Reagan.

The Pearland native was inspired by the 40th president’s approach to government when he ran for re-election in 1983. Weber then told his wife, Brenda, that he was going to work for the Reagan campaign.

“He believed in lower taxes, smaller government and more individual freedom, and here’s one thing that people forget,” Weber said recently during a phone interview, “he also believed in individual responsibility. In other words, yes, Americans are entitled to freedom, but by golly there’s responsibility that comes with it.”

From that moment on, Weber was steeped in the Republican Party. And that is where he remains today as he runs for the District 14 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Weber’s roots formed in Brazoria County where he served on the Pearland City Council from 1990 to 1996. At the time, he was simultaneously running his own air conditioning company, Weber’s Air & Heat, which he started from scratch in 1981, and serving the city as an elected official.

His company brought him business from both Brazoria and Galveston Counties, but Weber has not strayed too far from his root system. He has lived within a 5-mile radius for 58 of his 59 years, he said.

Weber met his wife, who hails from Nederland, in the area, as well. They met while they were both students at Alvin Community College. The Webers moved on and graduated from the University of Houston at Clear Lake, his degree in business and hers in education. They have been married for 36 years.

“We are working people,” Weber said, “just like ya’ll.”

And Weber would not forget for whom he would work should he be elected to Congress in November. He has been doing it as a representative in the Texas House of Representatives since 2008.

“My role is to represent my district,” he said. “I’ve done it in the Texas House of Representatives. I’ll do it in Congress. I work for the people who elected me.”

His time traveling throughout the district, meeting those people for whom he would work, Weber said he has heard many voters complain about the Affordable Care Act and the growing federal deficit. Businesses are concerned, as well, and afraid to invest during the worst recession in 80 years, he said.

“Businesses are watching to see if we’re going to oust President Obama because they don’t know what over-regulating, over-burdensome law or regulation is going to come out of him next,” he said.

Weber wants to take his business common sense to Washington D.C. to stop the out-of-control spending, repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut taxes, he said.

“The government spends way too much,” he said. “It’s not effective. It’s not efficient.”

Putting tax dollars back in the hands of taxpayers so that they can put that money back into the economy is what Weber wants to do.

“We got to put some sanity back in Congress,” he said. “Maybe we shouldn’t try to govern so much and get out of the way.”

bcrum@panews.com

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