|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Texas's 33rd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Constituency established|
|Member of the Texas House of Representatives|
from the 95th district
January 11, 2005 – January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Glenn Lewis|
|Succeeded by||Nicole Collier|
Marc Allison Veasey
January 3, 1971
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
|Education||Texas Wesleyan University (BA)|
Marc Allison Veasey (/ˈviːsɪ/; born January 3, 1971) is an American politician serving as a member of the United States House of Representatives for Texas's 33rd congressional district. From 2005 to 2013, he was a member of the Texas House of Representatives, where he served as chair pro tempore of the House Democratic Caucus.
Veasey was born on January 3, 1971, to Connie and Joseph Veasey. With his parents and brother, Ryan, Veasey and his family lived in numerous rental houses in the Stop Six neighborhood of Fort Worth, Texas. When he was ten years old, his parents divorced, and Marc, Ryan and their mother moved in with their maternal grandmother in the Como neighborhood of Fort Worth.
Veasey attended Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth. He graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications.
Veasey worked as a substitute teacher and sportswriter, as well as writing scripts for an advertising agency. One summer, he volunteered for U.S. Representative Martin Frost, and was hired as a field representative. Veasey worked for Frost for five years.
As a result of the 2003 Texas redistricting, Frost lost his reelection effort in 2004 to Pete Sessions. In 2004, Veasey challenged Democratic State Representative Glenn Lewis for Texas's 95th House district. He defeated Lewis 54%-46% in the primary and won the general election unopposed. He was reelected in 2006 (91%), 2008 (96%), and 2010 (100%).
Veasey represented Texas House District 95 from 2005 to 2013. He was the chair pro tempore of the House Democratic Caucus. He sponsored measures to create career and technology training in high schools, and authored HB 62, which honored Tim Cole, a Texas Tech University student wrongly convicted of raping a fellow student in 1985. Veasey also authored a bill requiring a study to lead to greater enforcement of the James Byrd Jr. hate crime bill.
Veasey declared his candidacy for Texas's 33rd congressional district, a new congressional district for the United States House of Representatives that was created by reapportionment following the 2010 United States census. The district is based in Tarrant and Dallas counties. It is heavily Democratic: the Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI) was D+14. It is also highly diverse: 66% Hispanic and 17% African American.
Eleven candidates filed to run in the Democratic primary. Veasey finished first, with 37% of the vote, less than the 50% needed to win the primary outright. State Representative Domingo García ranked second with 25% of the vote, qualifying for the runoff election. Veasey won Tarrant with 49% of the vote, while Garcia won Dallas with 44% of the vote. In the runoff, Veasey defeated Garcia, 53%-47%. He carried Tarrant with a 68% of the vote, as opposed to Garcia's 70% in Dallas. In the general election, he defeated Republican Chuck Bradley, 73%-26%. He won Tarrant with 78% of the vote and Dallas with 66% of the vote. Veasey is the first African-American U.S. Representative elected from Tarrant County.
Main article: 2014 United States House of Representatives elections in Texas § District 33
Veasey won re-nomination in the March 4 primary, defeating Tom Sanchez, 13,285 votes (73.5%) to 4,797 (26.5%). He faced no Republican opponent in the general election but Jason Reeves qualified for the ballot as a Libertarian.
Veasey won re-nomination in the March 1 primary against activist Carlos Quintanilla with 63% of the vote. He lost Dallas County but won Tarrant County. He defeated Republican M. Mark Mitchell in the general election, 74% to 26%. Veasey spent $1.5 million on his campaign.
Veasey again defeated Quintanilla in the primary, with 70% of the vote. In the general election he defeated Republican Willie Billups and Libertarian Jason Reeves with 76%.
Veasey defeated Sean Segura in the primary, 64% to 36%. He was endorsed by the Dallas Morning News, which claimed Segura "lacks a cohesive knowledge of the district’s public policy needs."
In the general election, Veasey beat Republican Fabian Cordova Vasquez and three minor candidates, including Quintanilla, with 67% of the vote, his weakest showing to date, largely due to Quintanilla's independent candidacy.
Veasey is a supporter of a woman's right to choose.
Veasey voted for the Violence Against Women Act and was rated the "preferred" candidate in 2020 by Feminist Majority Foundation. He co-sponsored the Student Non-Discrimination Act.
Veasey has joined the Heritage Foundation and opposed the Sierra Club on Offshore oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico.
Veasey defended Texas oil and interests in February 2021 when President Joe Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline and issued a moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters.
Veasey is married to Tonya Jackson, a former Texas Senate aide. They have a son. Veasey's uncle, Robert James English, was a television reporter and worked for Jim Wright, a former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
|2004||State Representative||Primary||Marc Veasey||Democratic||4,880||54.29%||Glenn Lewis (i)||Democratic||4,109||45.71%|
|2004||State Representative||General||Marc Veasey||Democratic||33,769||100.00%|
|2006||State Representative||General||Marc Veasey (i)||Democratic||18,259||90.53%||John Paul Robinson||Libertarian||1,909||9.47%|
|2008||State Representative||General||Marc Veasey (i)||Democratic||39,150||95.52%||Hy Siegel||Libertarian||1,838||4.48%|
|2010||State Representative||General||Marc Veasey (i)||Democratic||19,835||100.00%|
|2012||U.S. Representative||Primary||Marc Veasey||Democratic||6,938||36.77%||Domingo Garcia||Democratic||4,715||24.99%||Kathleen Hicks||Democratic||2,372||12.57%|
|David Alameel||Democratic||2,064||10.94%||Manuel Valdez||Democratic||884||4.69%|
|Steve Salazar||Democratic||482||2.56%||Chrysta Castaneda||Democratic||395||2.09%|
|Jason E. Roberts||Democratic||342||1.81%||Carlos Quintanilla||Democratic||286||1.52%|
|Kyev P. Tatum, Sr.||Democratic||201||1.07%||J. R. Molina||Democratic||189||1.00%|
|2012||U.S. Representative||Primary Runoff||Marc Veasey||Democratic||10,766||52.73%||Domingo Garcia||Democratic||9,653||47.27%|
|2012||U.S. Representative||General||Marc Veasey||Democratic||85,114||72.51%||Chuck Bradley||Republican||30,252||25.77%||Ed Lindsay||Green||2,009||1.71%|
|2014||U.S. Representative||Primary||Marc Veasey (i)||Democratic||13,292||73.48%||Tom Sanchez||Democratic||4,798||26.52%|
|2014||U.S. Representative||General||Marc Veasey (i)||Democratic||43,769||86.51%||Jason Reeves||Libertarian||6,823||13.49%|
|2016||U.S. Representative||Primary||Marc Veasey (i)||Democratic||20,526||63.41%||Carlos Quintanilla||Democratic||11,846||36.59%|
|2016||U.S. Representative||General||Marc Veasey (i)||Democratic||93,147||73.71%||M. Mark Mitchell||Republican||33,222||26.29%|
|2018||U.S. Representative||Primary||Marc Veasey (i)||Democratic||15,175||70.32%||Carlos Quintanilla||Democratic||6,405||29.68%|
|2018||U.S. Representative||General||Marc Veasey (i)||Democratic||90,805||76.16%||Willie Billups||Republican||26,120||21.91%||Jason Reeves||Libertarian||2,299||1.93%|