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Peter Anderson Sessions (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 3/22/1955 (Waco, TX)
Race: White
Religion: Methodist
Residence: Dallas, TX
Education: Undergraduate degree from Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX
Occupation: Phone Company Executive
Office Type: U.S. House -- Texas District 32 

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Pete Sessions was born in Waco, Texas, and resides in Dallas. Sessions was long active in East Dallas, where he was chairman of the East Dallas Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the East Dallas YMCA, a member of the East Dallas Rotary Club and a District Chairman of the White Rock Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

After graduating from Southwestern University in 1978, Sessions joined Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, where he worked for 16 years.

Sessions rose to the rank of District Manager at Southwestern Bell and Bell Labs, supervising 435 employees and managing a $16 million budget. In 1993, Sessions retired from the private sector, to unsuccessfully run for the 5th District U.S. House seat against Democratic incumbent Rep. John Bryant. He later served as Vice President for Public Policy at the National Center of Policy Analysis (NCPA), a Dallas-based conservative public policy research institute.

He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1996. Sessions and his wife Nita have two sons, Bill and Alex.

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Pete Sessions was the 1994 Republican nominee for 5th U.S. House District. He lost by 2,400 votes to incumbent Democratic Rep. John Bryant. It was the closest race in Texas that year and the tenth closest in the country.

Sessions was elected to the U.S. House in 1996, defeating Democrat John Pouland with 47 percent of the vote. Sessions was re-elected in 1998, defeating Democrat Victor Morales with 56 percent of the vote. He was re-elected in 2000 with 54 percent of the vote.

In 2002, he ran in the 32nd district. He won with 68 percent of the vote.

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