Fall 2015 Keynote Speaker

Congressman Pete Sessions

Congressman Sessions

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions from Dallas, Texas is a senior member of the Republican leadership team and serves as the Chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee. As a conservative leader he applies common sense, conservative solutions to create jobs, reinvigorate our economy, protect our borders, and put our nation back on the path towards American exceptionalism.


A native Texan, Chairman Sessions grew up in Waco, Texas and graduated from Churchhill High School in San Antonio, Texas. He attended Texas State University, then known as Southwest Texas State University, and later attended Southwestern University and graduated in 1978, where he now serves on the Board of Trustees. In 2007, Chairman Sessions received an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Dallas Baptist University for his dedication to providing market-driven solutions to effectively address problems in our community and national government.


Prior to serving in Congress, he worked for then – Southwestern Bell Telephone Companies in the marketing department for 16 years. During this time he served in many leadership capacities in the community including, Chairman of the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce, leading the Boy Scouts of America, and a volunteering at White Rock Lake and the YMCA. From this experience he believes in strengthening public-private partnerships and the value of the free-enterprise system.


Chairman Sessions is a stalwart defender of the United States homeland and our military. He has visited our brave servicemen and women around the globe with a special emphasis on meeting with Texans who proudly serve our great nation. As a member of the Foreign Fighter Task Force he works with other Members of Congress to address the growing threat of terrorist organizations such as ISIS and ISIL and how we can effectively stop them from coming to the United States. In the past year he has traveled with the task force to Europe and the Middle East to work with international leaders to implement strategic solutions to protect Americans from these terrorist organizations.


Throughout his time in Congress, Chairman Sessions has executed his conservative vision through his leadership as Chairman of the House Rules Committee, which serves as the legislative initiator of a conservative agenda for the American people and his tenure as Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee where he strategically won back the majority in the House of Representatives.
As the proud father of a Down syndrome young man, he is also dedicated to implementing leading edge ideas that help American families and individuals with disabilities through legislation such as the Family Opportunity Act and the ABLE Act.


Chairman 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. He is also a Vigil Member of the Order of the Arrow.


Chairman Sessions is married to Karen Sessions. He is the proud father of two sons, Bill and Alex, and three stepsons, Conor, Liam and Nicholas. Chairman 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.