Three members of Churches of Christ elected to U.S. House — the most in recent memory and perhaps ever.
By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle
In 2005, a freshman congressman named Ted Poe drove his gaudy Jeep with 35-inch tires, six front floodlights and a bumper sticker proclaiming “Texas is bigger than France” to a White House meeting.
The colorful former state district judge, who earned his political science degree at Abilene Christian University in West Texas, joked that he “leaked a little oil on the president’s driveway.”
At the time, the Texas Republican was the only one of 435 U.S. House representatives who gave his religious affiliation as Church of Christ.
Poe, 70, a longtime member of the Bammel Church of Christ in Houston, didn’t seek an eighth two-year term in the 2018 midterms. He cited a desire to spend more time with his 12 grandchildren.
Nonetheless, the new, 116th Congress includes three members of Churches of Christ — the most in recent memory and perhaps ever, The Christian Chronicle determined.
Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., was elected to a sixth two-year term, while Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas, and Rep. John Rose, R-Tenn., claimed open seats.
“This happens to represent a greater percentage serving in the House than the percentage relative to the U.S. population,” said Neal Coates, a political scientist at Abilene Christian. “But it is also a reminder that from the local to the state to the national level, we need Christians and people of faith representing people and solving problems for this country.”
This story appears in the February 2019 edition of The Christian Chronicle.