U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett serves on the House Ways & Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over all tax and trade measures, as well as Social Security and Medicare. He is ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Human Resources, which has jurisdiction over issues that relate to child care, child and family services, child support, foster care, adoption, and unemployment compensation. He also is a member of the Subcommittee on Tax Policy and Subcommittee on Trade.
For his work on the Human Resources Subcommittee and leadership on issues important to all children, Rep. Doggett received the 2015 “Congressional Champion for Real and Lasting Change” Award from Save the Children. He was also named “Champion of Children” by the First Focus Campaign, a national, bipartisan child advocacy group. The National Association of Social Workers named him “Public Official of the Year” recognizing his work to advance social justice for working families.
Congress approved Rep. Doggett’s Protect Our Kids Act to reduce child abuse and neglect. The bipartisan bill establishes a national commission, appointed by the President and Congress, to develop recommendations to reduce the number of children who die from abuse and neglect.
As a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee, Rep. Doggett has been a vocal advocate for tax code reform and has sought to close tax loopholes that favor large corporate interests to the detriment of small businesses and individual taxpayers. He was featured in a CBS News 60 Minutes segment by Lesley Stahl and on MSNBC’s Morning Joe regarding his longstanding efforts to address multinational corporate tax abuse.
Rep. Doggett has long opposed efforts to privatize Social Security, promoted affordable prescription drugs, and worked to boost federal support for education. Rep. Doggett introduced a permanent extension of the American Opportunity Tax Credit that he successfully authored, which provides an annual $2,500 tax credit for students seeking more education after high school. This permanent extension of Rep. Doggett’s vital tax cut would make the credit more generous, make it work more efficiently for students who receive Pell grants, and help simplify the tax code.
In December 2014, President Obama signed into law legislation that included Congressman Doggett’s bill to expand San Antonio Missions National Historical Park by 137 acres near Missions San José, San Juan, and Espada. You can watch Congressman Doggett’s testimony on his legislation to expand the park by clicking here.
Congressman Doggett was awarded the Interfaith Action of Central Texas Hope Award for his long history of advocacy for policies promoting social justice and education. He has also been honored with 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 work protecting the environment, Rep. Doggett was honored in 2006 by the Texas League of Conservation Voters with its inaugural Environmental Champion Award.
Austin Chronicle readers have often named Lloyd Doggett the "Best Elected Official," saying that during his career in Congress he has always risen "to defend the values of Austin, Travis County, and his entire district, no matter how hard the Republicans have tried to take him out of the game" and calling him "a constant presence at community events."
His strong defense of consumer rights earned Rep. Doggett a "Public Interest Champion" award in 2003 from the Public Interest Research Group. For his efforts on behalf of small business and economic development in Central Texas, the Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Commerce honored him as the 2006 Business Advocate of the Year in government. For his support of the San Antonio VIA Metropolitan Transit system, he was given an “Excellence Award.” This commitment to public service is a tradition for Congressman Doggett.
Congressman Doggett has also been a long-time, vocal advocate of enacting real, meaningful, comprehensive immigration reform to unite families, including the DREAM Act.
Rep. Doggett has also worked to ensure our local veterans have better access to the healthcare facilities and the educational benefits they earned.
At The University of Texas at Austin, he was elected Student Body President in 1967 and graduated first in his class from the College of Business Administration. Later, he graduated from the UT School of Law with honors, while serving as an associate editor of the Texas Law Review. Elected to the Texas Senate, he became known for his untiring work ethic. He authored 124 state laws, including the creation of the Texas Commission on Human Rights to prohibit discrimination and the Texas Sunset Act, which continues to seek greater efficiency and accountability by requiring periodic review of government agencies.
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. He 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.
Rep. Doggett’s wife, Libby, is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education. Previously, she was director of the Pew Home Visiting Campaign at the Pew Center on the States working to promote smart state policies and investments in quality, home-based programs for new and expectant families. They have two daughters: Lisa, an Austin physician; and, Cathy, a Nurse Family Partnership Team Leader providing assistance to programs across Texas that work with new, disadvantaged parents. The Doggett’s have four grandchildren; Ella, Clara, Zayla, and Canyon.