Transcript: Remarks by Texas Rep. Pete Session at the Republican National Convention

Edited by Jenny Jiang

Transcript of remarks by Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 28, 2012: 

“Good afternoon. I’m Pete Sessions, a Congressman from Dallas, Texas and the Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

“I’m delighted to be here with our team. Our delegates sell the fight every day, in every community across the country, as we stand up to make Barack Obama a one-term president.

“In 2008, I declared that we would retire Nancy Pelosi – and the pundits laughed. I traveled the country recruiting community leaders who, like their neighbors, were concerned for the future of America under the Pelosi-Obama regime.

“Together, we retired Nancy Pelosi and brought common-sense to the House by placing the gavel firmly in Speaker [John] Boehner’s hands. The fight didn’t stop there.

“The Republican message that won us the majority in 2010 – implementing free enterprise policies that create jobs, cutting spending and repealing Obamacare – will continue to allow us to grow our House Majority, to take back the Senate and make Mitt Romney the next President of the United States.

“We have a diverse group of competitive candidates this cycle – our lead salesmen – that will boost the Romney-Ryan ticket. These candidates, many of whom you will hear from shortly, have the will to win. They are on offense to defeat big-government Democrats.

“Thank you for all you do to help us in our fight to rebuild the American Dream and God Bless America!”


*Speaker’s Bio: 

A conservative community leader, United States Congressman Pete Sessions has combined hard work, innovative thinking, and common-sense principles to successfully represent the 32nd Congressional District of Texas.

Congressman Sessions was born on March 22, 1955 and grew up in Waco, Texas. He graduated from Churchill High School and went on to graduate from Southwestern University in 1978, where he now serves on the Board of Trustees. He worked for then-Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for 16 years, retiring as District Manager for Marketing in Dallas. As a businessman, he served as Chairman of the Northeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

Thanks to this private sector experience, Congressman Sessions understands the need to fight bureaucracy and to utilize market-driven solutions to effectively solve problems in our communities and in government.

In 1996, the people of Dallas and the 5th Congressional District sent Congressman Sessions to Washington, DC to represent them in the United States House of Representatives. In 2002, Congressman Sessions began representing the 32nd Congressional District, created from redistricting. In 2010, the people of the 32nd Congressional District called him back to Congress for his eighth term.

Congressman Sessions is a stalwart defender of U.S. homeland and national security interests, as well as the men and women who defend them. As the parent of a child with Down syndrome, he is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities. Congressman Sessions also believes that taxpayers deserve results from their government, and he has pursued common-sense, market-based reforms to help government operate more efficiently.

Congressman Sessions pursues his goals on these and other issues through his work on various Congressional committees and caucuses. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Rules. He also serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process. In 2008 and 2010, he was elected by the House Republican Conference as Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Congressman Sessions is an Eagle Scout and a former Scout Master for 13 Eagle Scouts. He is a recipient of the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and is a member of both the National Eagle Scout Association’s national committee and the Executive Board of the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Congressman Sessions is married to Karen Sessions. He is the proud father of two sons, Bill and Alex, and three stepsons, Conor, Liam and Nicholas. Congressman Sessions resides in Dallas, Texas and continues to be active in his community where he is an Adopt-A-Shoreline Team Leader in the effort to maintain White Rock Lake in Dallas and an Advisor to the President of Special Olympics Texas.

*SOURCES: Republican National Convention 2012 &

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