Path to Power
McCaul grew up in the Dallas suburbs, the son of a land-trust manager for railroad companies. He received his bachelor's and law degree in San Antonio, attending Trinity University and St. Mary's University, respectively. He also attended the Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellow Program at Harvard University. In 1990, McCaul took a job in Washington D.C. as a prosecutor with the Justice Departmeny in its public integrity and civil divisions. In 1991, he went to a gala at the Air and Space Museum where he met and danced with oceanographer Linda Mays. The two were married in 1993 and McCaul became son-in-law to Lowry Mays, CEO of Clear Channel Communications and a prominent ally of George H.W. Bush.
Texas Attorney General's Office
In 1999, McCaul joined Texas Attorney General Cornyn's office as a deputy where he focused on computer security, child pornography and a gun-reduction program. McCaul was responsible for opening a state investigation into late 1990s drug busts in the Texas Panhandle town of Tulia. Almost all of the 46 people arrested in that case were African-American and the testimony of investigator Tom Coleman was later found faulty, leading to blanket pardons in 2003 by Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas). In 2002, McCaul was hired by the U.S. attorney's Office in San Antonio to lead its anti-Terrorism division.
After the 2003 redistricting that split Austin into two congressional districts, then-10th District Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) chose to move into the more reliably Democratic 25th district. McCaul and seven others ran in a Republican primary in the new 10th district, which stretched from Austin to the northern Houston suburbs and was solidly Republican in nature.
McCaul, with a largely self-funded war chest, placed second in the primary to Houston mortgage banker Ben Streusand (R). Ahead of the runoff election, McCaul received public endorsements from Gov. Perry, now-Sen. Cornyn and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Texas). President George H.W. Bush hosted a fundraiser for him in Houston, leading to a victory by 28 points.
McCaul voted with his party 93.7 percent of the time during the 110th Congress. He has broken with the party on some occasions; for instance, he supported increases in federal financial aid in 2007.
In 2008, McCaul pushed an initially unpopular proposal banning federal money from going toward projects named after members of Congress. The provision was included in the 2009 omnibus appropriations bill to cover all government spending through March 2009. McCaul reintroduced a bill to make the measure permanent in January 2009.
McCaul is connected to big Republican names in the Lone Star state. In addition to once working for Cornyn , his father-in-law,Lowry Mays, CEO of Clear Channel Communications, is very close to the Bush family.SideBarSideBar