- Spent his childhood in South America where his father worked with petroleum and natural gases.
- After college, he was employed at a pesticide company before opening his own extermination business.
- Began his political career in the Texas Legislature in 1978.
- Elected to the 22nd District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1984.
- Stepped down from the post of House Majority Leader (which he held from 2002 to 2005) amid allegations of questionable campaign finance activity.
- Resigned from Congress in 2006.
- Co-wrote the 2006 best-seller No Retreat, No Surrender: One American's Fight.
- A champion of child welfare issues, he and his wife started a residential community for foster kids called Rio Bend.
- Participated in the ninth season of the ABC series Dancing with the Stars, partnered with two-time champion Cheryl Burke.
- Charlie Ray DeLay — Father
- Christine Furrh DeLay — Wife
- Tena DeLay Neislar — Sister
- Ray DeLay — Brother
- Maxine DeLay — Mother
- Randy DeLay — Brother
- Danielle DeLay Ferro — Daughter
- Attended Baylor University, Waco, Texas, United States; University of Houston, Houston, Texas, United States (BS in Biology, 1970)
- Birth Name: Thomas Dale DeLay
- Birth Place: Laredo, Texas, United States
- Profession: Politician
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