|Stephen Ernest "Steve" Stockman|
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||New constituency established|
|Succeeded by||Brian Babin|
U.S. Representative for
Texas' 9th district
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 1997
|Preceded by||Jack Bascom Brooks|
|Succeeded by||Nicholas Valentino "Nick" Lampson|
|Born|| November 14, 1956|
Oakland County, Michigan
|Spouse(s)|| Patti Ferguson Stockman (married 1988)|
Stephen Ernest Stockman, known as Steve Stockman (born November 14, 1956), is a conservative former U.S. Representative from Texas, who was first elected as part of the Repubican "Contract with America" campaign in 1994. Liberals were so enraged at Stockman that they successfully targeted him for defeat in 1996, even as Bob Dole was carrying the electoral votes in Texas. In 2012, however, after a 16-year absence, Stockman was elected again to Congress but again served only one term in the House.
A native of Bloomfield Hills, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, Stockman opposed the RINOs by refusing to vote for Moderate Republican John Boehner of Ohio as Speaker of the House. Stockman also called for the impeachment of U.S. President Barack H. Obama.
In 2014, he was defeated in the Republican primary for the United States Senate by moderate Republican John Cornyn, who went on to defeat Democratic opposition to win his third term. Dwayne Stovall, a school board member from Cleveland in Liberty County in southeastern Texas, divided the conservative vote with Stockman, but Cornyn had a majority in the primary anyway. By entering the Senate contest, Stockman was unable to seek reelection to the House.
On March 28, 2017, Stockman was indicted by a federal grand jury for an assortment of financial crimes. He is charged with having obtained $1.25 million under false pretenses from conservative donors and used that money to pay personal expenses and to underwrite his political campaigns. He faced eleven counts of money laundering, eight counts of mail and wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to make "conduit contributions" and false statements, two counts of making false statements to the Federal Election Commission, one count of making excessive contributions, and another count for not disclosing his total income on his 2013 federal tax return. Stockman's trial began March 19, 2018. On April 12, Stockman was convicted on twenty-three of the twenty-four felonies for which he was charged. He reaffirmed his innocence but faces potentially decades in prison. After sentencing, he will appeal the verdict. He is currently confined in Conroe, Texas, north of Houston.Nationally syndicated columnist Joseph Farah called upon President Donald Trump to pardon Stockman. Farah said:
There’s not a corrupt bone in his body. Don’t believe anything else you read about this case anywhere – including Fox News, which hung him out to dry.
Steve went to Washington to do one thing – defeat the Deep State.There’s an old saying about the feds: If they want to get you, they have an unlimited budget and unlimited power to do so. Knowing what we now know in more graphic detail than ever before, are you surprised?
- Eric Garcia, "Corruption Trial Begins for Former Rep. Steve Stockman", Roll Call, March 19, 2018.
- Gabrielle Banks (April 12, 2018). Former U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman convicted in massive fraud scheme. The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved on April 13, 2018.
- Joseph Farah (April 15, 2018). I hope Trump pardons Steve Stockman. Wnd.com. Retrieved on April 16, 2018.