Lawyer losses out to businessman in bid for 14th Congressional seat

David Yates Aug. 1, 2012, 6:33am


A small business owner, not a lawyer, will square off against Democratic challenger Nick Lampson for the right to represent the 14th Congressional District in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday's runoff election resulted in Randy Weber easily defeating Pearland attorney Felicia Harris in the Republican runoff race for District 14, which is composed of Jefferson, Galveston and Brazoria Counties.

Weber handily defeated Harris, earning 62.77 percent of the votes to Harris's 37.22 percent.

"I'm honored to be the Republican nominee for Congress in the 14th Congressional District," said Weber on his Facebook page following the election.

"Now the real work begins. Voters will have a clear choice between two different visions for our country. More government and a liberal approach that led to ObamaCare, or a deep commitment to limited government and the conservative principles that made this country the greatest on earth."

Longtime Congressman Ron Paul, who opted not to run for another term, has held the 14th District seat since 1997. The district was redrawn after the 2010 census.

Paul became a supporter of Weber, as did Gov. Rick Perry. Harris had the support of congressmen from two neighboring districts, Ted Poe and Pete Olson.

Weber was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008, and has served on the committees of Environmental Regulation and Public Education, and as Vice Chair of Border and Intergovernmental Affairs.

According to his website, Weber started his air conditioning company, Weber's Air & Heat, in 1981 from scratch, and grew his business by demonstrating the "work ethic of a true Texan."

"It is his real-world experience in the private sector that underpins his commitment to lower taxes, his contempt for wasteful spending, and his firm dedication to better schools."

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