William 'Bill' Flores(Rep)
Telephone:202-225-6105 (Main phone number)
Telephone:979-216-2404 (Main campaign number)
Birth place:Cheyenne, WY
Undergraduate education: Texas A&M University
Graduate education: Houston Baptist University
Bill Flores was born at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo., while his father was in the military. He grew up in the Texas Panhandle — working on cattle ranches with his father and helping with the family herd — after his family moved back to Stratford. He now resides in Bryan.
Flores earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Texas A&M University and a master's in business administration from Houston Baptist University.
Flores has helped manage the finances of several businesses. He became chief financial officer for a string of energy companies, including Marine Drilling, and spent three decades in the oil and gas industry. Most recently he was president and CEO of Phoenix Exploration, but he retired in order to run for public office.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 2010.
Flores and his wife, Gina, have two children.
Bill Flores had never run for public office before deciding to seek the central Texas 17th District U.S. House seat held by 10-term Democratic Rep. Chet Edwards.
Flores said he was compelled to seek public office because he was "deeply troubled'' about the country's future under the direction of President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He said the destruction in 2009 to the free market economy and to values was the worst in the nation's history.
He voted in 2012 to repeal a portion of the 2010 health care reform bill pertaining to a medical device tax and health savings account tax rules.
"While we await the Supreme Court's ruling on constitutionality of the president's health care law, the House remains committed to repealing all or parts of this ill-conceived law in order to avoid increased health care costs and more American job losses," Flores said in a press release in June 2012.
Flores, who supports limited government, says he can make changes in Washington. He touts his experience in business, saying he has helped create 500 jobs and made sure his companies had balanced budgets, met payroll and made sensible investments.
Flores is pro-life and opposes gay marriage. He is a member of the National Rifle Association and wants to protect gun rights. He also wants to protect border security and opposes any program that grants amnesty to illegal immigrants who have broken laws.
Committee Assignments: Budget; Natural Resources; Veterans' Affairs
American Conservative Union Rating: 92
Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 0
Bill Flores won his March 2014 primary, he will face Nick Haynes in November.
(Last updated by The Associated Press on June 6, 2014.)