Birthdate: Dec. 24, 1949
Birth Place: St. Louis, MO, United States
Residence: Lubbock, TX
Religion: Southern Baptist
First Elected: 2003
District: District 19
Randy Neugebauer was born in St. Louis but has lived in Lubbock, Texas, since age 3. After earning a bachelor's in accounting at Texas Tech University, he worked as a teacher, a bank loan officer and a land developer.
He founded his own business, Lubbock Land Co. He was president of the Texas Association of Builders in 1997 and a board member of the National Association of Home Builders from 1999 to 2000.
Neugebauer served on the Lubbock City Council from 1992 to 1998. He first was elected to the U.S. House in 2002.
Neugebauer and his wife, Dana, have two sons.
Randy Neugebauer garnered national attention in March 2010 when he acknowledged shouting "baby killer" while Rep. Bart Stupak made remarks during the debate on health care reform.
Neugebauer insisted in a statement the next day that he was not referring directly to Stupak but to the agreement the anti-abortion Michigan Democrat helped work out with the White House.
The Lubbock Republican said his exact words, referring to that agreement, were "it's a baby killer." The comment drew a rebuke from Democratic Rep. David Obey, who chaired the debate.
As a member of the Financial Services oversight subcommittee in 2011, Neugebauer was involved in the investigation into the collapse of MF Global, a brokerage firm that went bankrupt after making a disastrous $6.3 billion bet on European debt. During the investigation, Neugebauer questioned the supervisory relationship between Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary Gensler and former Gov. Jon Corzine, who was head of MF Global at the time of its collapse.
Neugebauer co-sponsored a resolution in 2009 requiring presidential candidates to produce copies of their birth certificates. The resolution followed "birther" movement allegations that President Barack Obama was born outside the United States and not qualified to be president.
Neugebauer had his prostate removed in fall 2009 following a cancer diagnosis.
He is an unabashed conservative who was a direct beneficiary of the 2003 Texas redistricting plan. The Lubbock land developer with a distinctively thick West Texas drawl won a tight Republican primary runoff in June 2003 to replace retiring Rep. Larry Combest.
He then eked out a narrow victory in the general election, defeating Midland accountant Mike Conaway, a former business partner of President George W. Bush who now represents the 11th District, by fewer than 600 votes.
Neugebauer is a reliable vote for his Republican allies, but he often pushes them to enact bigger tax cuts and eliminate the so-called estate tax.
He voted in 2007 against regulating the sub-prime mortgage industry and against expanding research into more embryonic stem cell lines. He also opposed removing oil and gas exploration subsidies.
Neugebauer voted for the Republican Medicare overhaul, which included a prescription drug benefit and a provision supporting private plans for health care, and for a bill allowing the importation of prescription drugs. He also wants to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.
Neugebauer bears a resemblance to former Sen. Phil Gramm and said he is occasionally mistaken for him.
A follower of Ronald Reagan's philosophy of government, Neugebauer said he wants to help businesses by pushing for fewer taxes and less government spending.
Source: Associated Press