Bachelor in Political Science, Abilene Christian University, 1970. Juris Doctor, University Houston Law Center, 1973.
Assistant district attorney Harris County, Texas, 1973—1981, criminal court judge, 1981—2003. Member United States Congress from 2nd Texas district, since 2005. Instructor Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, Quantico, Virginia, United States Military Academy, West Point, University Houston.
Service with United States Air Force Reserve, 1970-1976.
Board directors National Children's Alliance. Past board directors Children's Assessment Center Houston, CASA Child Advocates, Child Abuse Prevention Council, Parents of Murdered Children, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Drug Abuse Resistance Education, Roseate Women's Center Abused Women, Abilene Christian University.
Married Carol Poe.