Congressman Kenny Marchant was sworn in on January 4, 2005, as the new Representative for the 24th District of Texas. Upon his induction into the U.S. House, Marchant was appointed to three committees for the 109th Session of Congress. He currently serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure, Education and Workforce, and Government Reform Committees.
Congressman Marchant was born in Bonham, Texas on February 23, 1951, and was then raised in Carrollton. Congressman Marchant and his wife Donna reside in Coppell, Texas. They raised their four children (three sons and one daughter) in the 24th District and are proud grandparents of two granddaughters.
Marchant holds both a Bachelors and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma.
After graduating from Southern Nazarene University, Congressman Marchant started his own construction and home building business. As a small business owner, he was responsible for creating jobs and meeting a regular payroll, an experience that taught him the importance of entrepreneurship and free enterprise.
Marchant is active in funding educational scholarships, assisting local charities, and aiding local churches through the Marchant Family Foundation.
These are his memberships:
Past Advisory Board, Children's Medical Center
Past Member, Texas Parent Teacher Association
Past President, Metroplex Home Builders Association, Carrollton Division
Past Vice Chair, Southern Nazarene University Board of Trustees
Kenny is also an active member of the Republican Study Committee (RSC).
Congressman Marchant currently serves on the House Committee on Ways & Means. The Ways and Means Committee is often said to be the most influential committee because of its broad jurisdiction that includes tax policy, Social Security, trade, and Medicare. Congressman Marchant serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures. In the 113th Congress, he was selected by Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp to Chair the Tax Reform Working Group on Debt, Equity and Capital as part of the Committee’s effort to achieve comprehensive tax reform.
In addition, Congressman Marchant serves as a senior member on the House Committee on Education and Workforce which handles education, health, workforce, and pension policy. This marks a return to a committee he served on in the 109th and 110th Congresses.
Congressman Marchant’s commitment to public service led him to run for the Carrollton City Council, where he was elected and served for four years before being elected mayor of Carrollton. After serving two years as mayor of Carrollton, he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1986.
As a state representative, Congressman Marchant earned a reputation as a strong conservative leader and consensus-builder. In the Texas House, he served as Chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Investments, where he authored legislation strengthening oversight of credit unions, allowing interstate branch banking, enforcing state laws relating to corporate fraud, securing public investments, and allowing access to home equity. In 1999, his colleagues elected him Chair of the House Republican Caucus, a position he held for four years.
Church of the Nazarene
Past Board of Trustees, Carrollton Nazarene Church
Past General Board, General Nazarene Church
During his time in the Texas House, Kenny was named a "Top Ten Legislator" by Texas Monthly, "Legislator of the Year" by the Texas Municipal League, and "Top Pro-Family Legislator of the Year" by the American Family Association for his consistent record of sponsoring and supporting pro-family legislation. As a member of Congress, Kenny has received numerous honors and awards including "Champion of National Security" for his strong record of defending America's sovereignty, safety, and freedom; "Taxpayer Hero" for his principled stand against earmarks and excessive government spending; "Defender of Economic Freedom" for his consistent record of cutting taxes and reducing the size of government; "Defender of Liberty" for his commitment to conservative principles; and "Guardian of Small Business" for his unwavering support for small business.