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Fast Facts

  • 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.


  • Randy DeLay — Brother
  • Danielle DeLay Ferro — Daughter
  • Charlie Ray DeLay — Father
  • Christine Furrh DeLay — Wife
  • Ray DeLay — Brother
  • Maxine DeLay — Mother
  • Tena DeLay Neislar — Sister


  • Attended Baylor University, Waco, TX; University of Houston, Houston, TX (BS in Biology, 1970)


  • Birth Name: Thomas Dale DeLay
  • Birth Place: Laredo, TX
  • Profession: Politician

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