DeLay denounces draft bill as ploy

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, accused Democrats Tuesday of trying to manipulate the U.S. electorate by alleging a draft was in the offing.

Bush adminstration backs foster care bill

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The Bush administration came out strongly Tuesday in support of legislation designed to place foster children in permanent homes more quickly.

Ethics panel smacks Tom Delay

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The House of Representatives ethics committee has admonished the No. 2 member of the legislative body for trying to improperly influence a member.

Ethics panel chides DeLay, others on vote

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A U.S. House ethics committee has admonished three lawmakers for actions during the vote on the Medicare Modernization Act last year.

House defeats gay marriage amendment

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. House Thursday defeated a Republican effort to enact a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Bush requests $7.1 billion in hurricane aid

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The White House has requested $7.1 billion in emergency aid for storm victims, but lawmakers say the final total of the latest request may be more.

Hill leaders pledge impartiality in Delay case

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- House ethics investigators have rejected criticisms that partisanship will inhibit their examination of ethic charges against Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Texas speaker denies any wrongdoing

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick has denied any wrongdoing in accepting a $100,000 corporate campaign contribution involved in a fundraising scandal. Craddick, a Republican, has said he broke no law in picking up the check cited in state charges filed Tue

House Dems introduce election agenda

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- In an attempt to shore up voter support, U.S. House Democrats Wednesday released a broad election year agenda called "Partnership for America's Future."

Texas grand jury indicts GOP operatives

HOUSTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A Texas grand jury has indicted three top aides to U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay in connection with GOP fundraising in the state in 2002.

House panel may deadlock on Delay inquiry

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The possibility of a partisan deadlock may keep the House from looking into an ethics complaint against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas.

SpaceWatch: NASA faces final budget debate

A series of articles by UPI examining efforts by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to begin the new space exploration plan outlined by President George W. Bush on Jan. 14, 2004. This week: If NASA's battle over its fiscal year 2005 budget
FRANK SIETZEN, United Press International

Analysis: Space plan takes a tiny step

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- NASA took a calculated risk last week when it announced a series of contract awards for studies relative to the agency's new moon-Mars missions.
FRANK SIETZEN, United Press International

Group asks White House for Swift contacts

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Tuesday asked the White House to detail contacts with an anti-Kerry veterans group.

Abandoned Texas children found in Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Seven adopted Texas children are recovering in Houston after being found abandoned in a Nigerian orphanage, the Dallas Morning news reported Tuesday.
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Tom DeLay
Jim Ellis, a co-defendent of Tom DeLay, leaves the 331st District Court of Travis County, in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, November 22, 2005, during a break in the proceedings. An attorney for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay asked a Travis County, Texas, district court on Tuesday to throw out money-laundering and conspiracy charges against DeLay, Jim Ellis and John Colyandro. (UPI Photo/Chris Carson)

Thomas Dale "Tom" DeLay (pronounced /dəˈleɪ/; born April 8, 1947) is a former member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Texas's 22nd congressional district from 1984 until 2006. He was Republican Party (GOP) House Majority Leader from 2003 to 2005, when he resigned because of criminal money laundering charges in connection with a campaign finance investigation. He was convicted of money laundering in 2010 and sentenced to three years in prison but is free on bail while appealing his conviction.

Tom DeLay began his career as a politician in 1978 when he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. In 1985, he became a born-again Christian. In 1988, after just a few years in the U.S. House, Tom DeLay was appointed Deputy Minority Whip. In 1994 he helped Newt Gingrich effect the Republican Revolution, which gave the Republicans the victory in the 1994 midterm election and swept Democrats from power in both houses of Congress, putting Republicans in control of the House of Representatives for the first time in forty years. In 1995, he was elected House Majority Whip.

With the Republicans in control of both chambers in Congress, Tom DeLay, along with Gingrich and conservative activist Grover Norquist, helped start the K Street Project, an effort to advance Republican ideals. Tom DeLay was elected House Majority Leader after the 2002 midterm elections. In the eyes of some Democrats, he was renowned for his enforcement of party discipline and retribution against those who did not support the legislative agenda of President George W. Bush. On policy issues, not just political strategy and tactics, DeLay was known as one of Capitol Hill's fiercest, staunchest conservatives during his years in Congress, earning very high marks from conservative interest groups (e.g., business, gun rights, pro-life) and very low marks from liberal ones (e.g., civil liberties, labor unions, environmental protection).

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