- Democrat U.S. congressman from Texas
- Member of the Congressional Black Caucus
- Views America as a nation awash in racism
- Opposes Voter ID laws
- Supports the passage of “comprehensive immigration reform” legislation that provides a pathway-to-citizenship for illegal aliens in the United States
Marc Veasey was born on January 3, 1971 in Forth Worth, Texas. After earning a BS in mass communication from Texas Wesleyan University, he worked variously as a sports writer, healthcare consultant, realtor, substitute teacher, community activist, and legislative aide (for five years) to Congressman Martin Frost of Texas. Veasey then served as a Democrat in the Texas State House of Representatives from 2005-13. Since 2013 he has represented Texas’s overwhelmingly Democratic 33rd Congressional District in the U.S. House, where he is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
In 2013 Veasey objected to the landmark Supreme Court ruling that struck down, as anachronistic, a Voting Rights Act provision (known as Section 4) that had required mainly Southern states to undergo—based on the presumption of their continuing racist tendencies—special federal scrutiny before being permitted to change their election laws in any way (e.g., by instituting Voter ID requirements or reconfiguring their voting districts). “There is no absolutely no doubt,” said Veasey, that Texas, on matters involving race, had not yet evolved to the point where it merited being released from the restrictions imposed by Section 4. “Many of our elected officials unfortunately still cannot be trusted to protect minority voting rights,” he explained.
When Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott subsequently announced that, on the strength of the aforementoned Supreme Court decision, he intended to implement a state Voter ID law that the federal courts had been blocking, Veasey became the lead plaintiff in a suit seeking to prevent the law’s enactment. By Veasey’s telling, such a “discriminatory” statute would “send a message to businesses and companies and people that are moving to the state of Texas in record numbers, mostly Latino and African-American, that discrimination is OK.” Singling out for scorn the Tea Party group that had created the anti-voter-fraud organization True the Vote, the congressman impugned conservatives for “actively trying to make sure that Republicans can continue to win elections at the expense of African-American and Latino voters.”
Veasey has also been outspoken in demanding the passage of a “comprehensive immigration reform” bill that provides “a pathway to legalization for the hard-working men and women who have stayed out of trouble and are living in our communities in the shadows.” In the same vein, he has condemned “Republican anti-immigrant laws that target Latinos,” citing in particular Arizona’s SB-1070 statute which deputized state police to check with federal authorities on the immigration status of criminal suspects. Moreover, Veasey has proudly “fought against Republican efforts to repeal the state DREAM Act,” which, as he explains, “lets undocumented students that were raised in Texas go to college while paying in-state tuition rates.” The congressman likewise supports the passage of a federal DREAM Act, whose path-to-citizenship provision would allow “these kids [to] work in their professions after graduation.”
Veasey favors income-tax hikes on high earners in order to fund social-welfare programs by which government can redistribute wealth from the “rich” to the poor. To spur economic growth in general, he supports high levels of federal “stimulus” spending on government projects like infrastructure development. Veasey likewise views government spending as the preferred remedy for what ails the education system at every level; thus he pledges to “fight for funding for early childhood education and voluntary pre-K programs,” and to “work to expand access to Pell grants so more children can afford a college education.”
During his years in Congress, Veasy has voted:
- against mandating that welfare recipients, in exchange for their benefits, be required to work or to at least look for employment (2013);
- in favor of establishing a framework for the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba (2013);
- against a bill seeking to ban all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in cases where the procedure is necessary to save the mother’s life, or where the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest (2013);
- against two separate bills designed to prohibit the use of taxpayer funds for abortion services, except in cases where the procedure is necessary to save the mother’s life, or where the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest (2014 and 2015);
- against a bill requiring the termination of employment for seriously tax-delinquent federal workers (2013); and
- against a bill requiring the Obama Administration to get approval from Congress before implementing a carbon tax (2013).
For additional information on Veasey’s voting record on a range of key issues during his years in Congress, click here.