Lloyd Doggett: Working for Us
United States Congressman Lloyd Doggett represents communities from San Antonio to Austin. He serves on the House Ways & Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over taxes, trade, Social Security, Medicare, and more. He is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Tax Policy, with jurisdiction over issues relating to revenue measures. He also serves on the Subcommittee on Human Resources, and the Subcommittee on Trade. In addition, he is a member of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
He was born, raised, and educated in Central Texas – the only place he has ever called home. After graduating at the top of his class at UT Austin’s College of Business Administration, where he also served as student body president, he graduated with honors from UT’s School of Law.
It was his untiring work ethic that distinguished his 11 years of service in the Texas Senate. He worked to keep public education affordable for all and opposed deficit financing schemes, supporting “pay as you go” budgeting believing you can care for people and be careful with their tax dollars. He authored the Texas Sunset Act, requiring periodic review to modify or abolish ineffective state laws and bureaucracies. He also authored the law that created the Texas Commission on Human Rights to prohibit discrimination.
Elected in 1988 to serve as Justice to the Texas Supreme Court, he wrote opinions supporting the right to a trial by jury and authored an important rule bolstering the public’s access to information. Lloyd Doggett served as Chair of the Supreme Court Task Force on Judicial Ethics and was recognized as an “Outstanding Judge in Texas” by the Mexican-American Bar of Texas, awarded the James Madison Award from the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, and received the First Amendment Award from the National Society of Professional Journalists.
While serving in Congress, he has sought to do the most for those who cannot afford a lobbyist. The awards he has received reflect his commitment. Examples include:
- In 2016 he received the AARP Champion Legislative Leadership Award, for his efforts to preserve seniors’ access to healthcare. He also received the national AARP 2008 Legislative Achievement Award for his leadership on Medicare.
- For his work ensuring families have access to health care, he received awards from the National Association of Community Health Centers and the Texas Association of Community Health Centers.
- For his leadership on issues important to all children, Rep. Doggett was awarded the 2015 “Congressional Champion for Real and Lasting Change” Award from Save the Children. He has also been named “Champion of Children” by the First Focus Campaign, a national, bipartisan child advocacy group, and recognized by the National Children’s Alliance.
- In 2011, he received the American Bar Association’s Justice Award for his work on legislation that assists with funding for legal services to the disadvantaged. He also received the “Legislator of the Year” award by Voices for Adoption for his work on his bipartisan Child Family Services Improvement Act, which the President signed into law.
- For his work protecting the environment, Doggett was honored in 2006 by theTexas League of Conservation Voters with its inaugural Environmental Champion Award. For his efforts on behalf of small business and economic development, the Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Commerce honored Doggett as the 2006 Business Advocate of the Year in government.
Austin Chronicle readers have often voted to name Lloyd Doggett as the “Best Elected Official.”
Doggett’s wife, Libby, recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education during President Obama’s Administration. They have two daughters: Lisa, an Austin physician; and, Cathy, who works in education. The Doggetts have four grandchildren, Ella, Clara, Zayla, and Canyon.