Thomas Dale DeLay was born on April 8, 1947. Tom DeLay is an elected politician and is a former United States House of Representatives member and House Leader of Texas’s 22nd congressional district from 1984 to 2006. His two decade career features victories for the Republican Party in the 90s till the early 2000s.
The first taste of political victory for Tom DeLay occurred in 1978 wherein he was elected into the Texas House of Representatives. After a couple of years in congress, Tom DeLay was designated as the Deputy minority Whip in 1998. Tom DeLay collaborated with Newt Gingrich to push the Republican Revolution that took place in 1994. With the vigor and influence of the two, the Republican Party managed to sweep the Democrats out of both houses of congress during the midterm elections in 1994. It was the first time in the last forty years that the Republican Party took both houses of congress. The year after, Tom DeLay was voted as the House Majority Whip.
After winning both chambers of congress Delay, Gingrich, and Norquist helped push the K Street Project which bannered Republican ideals. Tom DeLay was voted as the House Majority Leader after the 2002 midterm elections. During his long political career, Tom DeLay pushed for conservative issues and Republican ideals.
Tom DeLay’s political career was not full of rainbow and butterflies. He was indicted for money laundering in 2005. His case was filed in Austin, Texas on grounds of conspiracy to violate election law during the 2002 midterm elections. Tom DeLay temporarily stepped down from his position as House Majority Leader in accordance with the Republican Caucus regulations. Feeling the pressure from fellow Republicans, Tom DeLay stated that he would no longer seek to regain the position he vacated. Tom DeLay was convicted in January 2011 and was sentenced to three years in prison.
In 2013, Tom DeLay won a reversal of his conviction. The court ruled in favor of Tom DeLay because of the lack of clear and strong evidence of his mishandling of election funds. DeLay’s political opponents have accused the former congressman of using donations to fund certain candidates for Texas’s Legislature to hold positions in the chambers of congress. These candidates were said to draw new boundaries for certain congressional districts upon winning a seat. After the reversal, DeLay’s political career took a hit. Despite the setbacks, DeLay continues to champion conservative issues and Republican ideals. DeLay’s opponents continue to bash the former congressman because of his alleged corruption.