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 Southwestern University in 1978 and went on to work 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, D.C. 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. 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 a Member of the powerful House Committee on Rules. In 2008 and 2010, he was elected by the House Republican Conference as Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. As the parent of a child with Down syndrome, he is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities. In 2007, Congressman Sessions established the first Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus and is currently one of the four co-chairs of the caucus. Congressman Sessions has been a key supporter of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and is currently working with the Foundation to encourage the National Institutes of Health to correct the disparity of research funding that would benefit people with Down syndrome. Congressman Sessions resides in Dallas, Texas, and he and his wife, Nete Sessions, are the proud parents of two sons, Bill and Alex, both of whom are Eagle Scouts. Congressman Sessions 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. We are proud to announce Congressman Pete Sessions as the 2011 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award recipient.