|Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee|
January 3, 2019
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Texas's 24th district
January 3, 2005
|Member of the Texas House of Representatives|
January 13, 1987 - January 3, 2005
|William W. Blanton|
|Constituency||99th district (1987-2001)|
115th district (2003-2005)
Kenny Ewell Marchant
February 23, 1951
Bonham, Texas, U.S.
|Children||4, including Matthew|
|Education||Southern Nazarene University (BA)|
Nazarene Theological Seminary
Kenny Ewell Marchant (born February 23, 1951) is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 24th congressional district, serving since 2005. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes several areas around Dallas and Fort Worth.
On August 5, 2019, Marchant announced his intention to retire from Congress rather than run for reelection in 2020.
Marchant was born in Bonham, Texas, but grew up in Carrollton, a Dallas suburb. He graduated from R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton and attended college at Southern Nazarene University (SNU) in Bethany, Oklahoma, at which he graduated with a Business Administration degree. He worked as a real estate developer and he owned a home-building company prior to entering politics.
He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1987 to 2004. During three of his nine terms in the Texas House, Marchant served as chairman of the Committee on Financial Institutions. He pushed for legislation that reorganized the Texas Banking Code. In 2002, he was chosen as Chairman of the Texas House Republican Caucus. In 2004, he was named a Top Ten Legislator by Texas Monthly and Legislator of the Year by the Texas Municipal League.
In the 110th Congress, Marchant served on the United States House Committee on Financial Services, Committee on Education and Labor, and Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Marchant worked closely with Bush when he was governor of Texas, and bills himself as a staunch conservative. However, he has occasionally broken ranks with the GOP, as he did to increase the minimum wage. He has said that his top priority on Capitol Hill will be cutting the federal deficit with fiscal conservative policies. In 2017, he voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Marchant expressed opposition to the proposed "Green New Deal" resolution in 2019, alleging that it would cost up to $93 trillion without having any effect on the global climate.
On December 18, 2019, Marchant voted against both articles of impeachment against Trump. Of the 195 Republicans who voted, all voted against both impeachment articles.
During the 2003 Texas redistricting, the 24th District, represented by 13-term Democrat Martin Frost, was reconfigured. Marchant ran for the redrawn district and was elected to Congress in 2004. He was reelected in 2006 (with 60% of the ballots cast) and 2008 (with 56% of the ballots cast). In 2014 he joined the newly founded Friends of Wales Caucus.
Marchant won his seventh term in the House in the general election held on November 8, 2016. With 154,845 votes (56.2 percent), he defeated Democrat Jan McDowell, who received 108,389 (39.3 percent). Two other candidates held the remaining 4.5 percent of the ballots cast.
Marchant narrowly won his eighth term in the House in the general election held on November 6, 2018. With 133,317 votes, 50.6%, with Democrat Jan McDowell receiving 125,231 votes, 47.5%. The margin of victory of 3.1% over his Democratic opponent was a marked reduction from the same campaign between the two in 2016, with a difference of 16.9% then. Libertarian Mike Kolls received 4,870 votes, 1.8%.
Marchant is married to Donna Marchant and has four children as well as either four grandchildren or seven grandchildren. They live in Coppell, a Dallas suburb. Marchant's son Matthew Marchant is a former mayor of Carrollton, Texas.
...was named a "Top Ten Legislator" by Texas Monthly, "Legislator of the Year" by the Texas Municipal League...
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 24th congressional district
| Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee|
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority