Why He Matters
In one of the biggest upsets of the 2010 election, Farenthold, a lawyer and conservative talk radio host, defeated Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D) by less than 800 votes in Texas' 27th district. Ortiz, who had held the seat since it was first created in 1982, waited three weeks before conceding.
Farenthold, who was not considered a threat to oust Ortiz until the campaign's final weeks, ran as a Tea Party favorite. He cited the incumbent's vote for the Obama administration's health-care reform bill as his impetus for entering the race and emphasized shrinking government.
In His Own Words
"Early on in the race, I had a nightmare that I won: And now it's like, 'Now what do I do?'"
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