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Nick Valentino Lampson (D)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 2/14/1945 (Beaumont, TX)
Race: White
Religion: Catholic
Residence: Beaumont, TX
Education: BS in Biology from Lamar University, Beaumont, TX; MA in Education Administration from Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
Occupation: Teacher
Office Type: U.S. House -- Texas District 2 

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Nick Lampson was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas, where he still lives. He graduated from South Park High School and earned a bachelor's degree in science from Lamar University in 1968.

After a stint as a congressional intern in 1969, Lampson pursued a master's degree in education administration, which he received in 1971.

He was first elected to the position of Jefferson County tax assessor-collector in 1976 and re-elected to the post four times. He resigned the post in 1995 to run for Congress.

Lampson's first involvement in politics came as chairman of the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee, 1972-74.

In 1982, he was named coordinator of the 13 East Texas Counties Commission to Elect Mark White governor. In 1992, he was Jefferson County coordinator for the Clinton presidential campaign.

He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1996.

He serves on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and House Science Committee.

Lampson and his wife, Susan E. Floyd, have two grown daughters, Hillary and Stephanie.

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Nick Lampson won the 9th District U.S. House seat in 1996, receiving 53 percent to incumbent Republican's Rep. Steve Stockman's 47 percent.

The election took place in December because of a Supreme Court ruling that the original 9th District's boundaries were illegal.

Lampson was re-elected in 1998, defeating Republican Tom Cottar with 64 percent of the vote. He defeated Paul Williams in 2000 with 59 percent of the vote.

Lampson was re-elected in 2002 with 59 percent of the vote.

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