Pete Olson

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Pete Olson is currently serving the 22nd Congressional District of Texas.

Pete Olson has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 22nd district of the State of Texas, since 2009 (map).

Positions, record and controversies

War on Terror

Olson supports continuing the war in Iraq, and he supported the Iraq troop surge. He says that a proper defense beings with "good intelligence and surveillance – we must use every tactic available to intercept terrorist communications, disrupt their funding, infiltrate their ranks, and keep them from carrying out their dreams of destruction on American soil." Olson also says he will work for more Port security and first responders. [1]


Olson supports exploring and producing more oil, natural gas and coal domestically. He also supports expanding incentives for nuclear power, wind, solar, geothermal, hydrogen fuel cells and other types of renewable energies. [1]


Olson does not support amnesty for illegal immigrants, or providing government benefits to illegal immigrants. He does, however, support increasing border fences, surveillance, detention facilities and border agents. [1]


To ease the burden on middle class families, Olson says he will support expanding child tax credits and tax breaks for stay at home parents. He also wants to create a stay at home parent GI Bill, that allows stay at home parents to earn credits for continuing education once their children are grown up or in school. [1]


Olson supports allowing small businesses to work together to get affordable healthcare plans for their employees at the discounted prices given to big businesses and unions. [1]

Government Spending

Olson says he will vote for legislation that requires federal agencies to prove themselves worthy of their funding. He also says he will work to eliminate excessive spending, earmarking and taxation. [1]

Space Exploration

Olson supports fully funding NASA. He believes that relying on other nations for new information on space is not in American national interests [1]

Social Issues

Olson does not support abortion, except when the mother's life is in danger. He does not support same sex marriage. [1]

Second Amendment

Olson says he will vote to protect Second Amendment rights. [1]


2008 elections

He was seeking the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Rep. Nick Lampson (D-Tex.). The primary took place on March 4, 2008. Olson received 20.72%, qualifying for a runoff election in April 2008. He faced Shelley Sekula-Gibbs.[2] Olson won the primary runoff and went on to defeat Nick Lampson in the November general election.[3] [4]

Money in politics

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Campaign contributions

The following is drawn from government records of campaign contributions to Pete Olson. Campaign contributions are one of the most direct conduits for influencing members of Congress. How to use this information. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00029285&cycle=2008</crpcontribdata>

Committees and affiliations


Olson has yet to be assigned a committee.


More background data


Campaign Contact Info

Olson for Congress Committee
13515 Southwest Freeway, Suite 207
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Luke Marchant

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Pete Olson for Congress--Issues
  2. 2008 Republican Party Primary Election Returns, Texas Secretary of State's Office, retrieved March 6, 2008
  3. Greg Giroux, "Texas GOP Runoff Goes to Ex-Senate Aide in Race for DeLay’s Old Seat", CQ Politics, April 9, 2008
  4. "Texas 2008 General Election",, November 4, 2008

External resources

External articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

110th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

Committees: n/a
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Chief of Staff U.S. Senator John Cornyn,
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 1650 Highway 6, Suite 150, Sugar land, TX 77478
Phone: / Fax:
2. 17225 El Camino Real, Suite 447, Houston, TX 77058
Phone: / Fax:

Campaign Contact:

Webform Email: / Email:

Campaign Offices:

1. Olson for Congress Committee, 13515 Southwest Freeway, Suite 207, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Phone: 281-342-7383 / Fax:

Zip Code Affiliations:

Date of Birth: December 9, 1962