Why He Matters
With over 20 years on the bench, Poe's court had the reputation of being effective despite the appearance of being gimmicky. In his pre-congressional career, Poe was famous for his creative sentencing as a Harris County judge dubbed as "Poe-tic justice." He became renown in Texas and beyond for using tactics such as making the convicted publicly apologize to their victims or carry signs informing the world of their misdeeds.
The beneficiary of redistricting, Poe left the bench and won a U.S. House seat in 2004. Since then he has quickly shored up support in his district, never facing a serious challenger. He has a no-nonsense approach to many issues and does his best to claim the spotlight by speaking on the House floor almost every day and always signing off with his trademark: "And that's just the way it is."