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John Abney Culberson (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 8/24/1956 (Houston, TX)
Race: White
Religion: Methodist
Residence: Harris County, TX
Education: Undergraduate degree in history from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX; Graduate degree in law from South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX
Occupation: Attorney
Office Type: U.S. House -- Texas District 7 

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John Culberson was born and raised in Houston and lives in the Copperfield subdivision in west Harris County. A 1975 graduate of Lamar High School in Houston, he earned a bachelor's degree in history from Southern Methodist University in 1981, then received a law degree from the South Texas College of Law in 1990.

He was elected to the first of seven, two-year terms in the Texas House in 1986, while in law school. He has been a lawyer for the Lorance and Thompson firm, where he is a senior associate.

He was elected to the U.S. House in 2000.

Culberson and his wife, Belinda, have one daughter, Caroline.

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John Culberson was elected to the Texas House in 1986 and served there for seven consecutive terms. In his last term, his colleagues selected him to be House Republican Whip, responsible for solidifying party support in the state legislature.

Culberson emerged from a large field in the 2000 GOP primary for the District 7 seat in the U.S. House, then beat self-financed businessman Peter Wareing in a runoff with 58 percent of the vote.

Culberson went on to defeat Jeff Sell in the general election with 74 percent of the vote.

He was re-elected in 2002 with 89 percent of the vote.

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