Congressional candidate Randy Neugebauer (R) wins special election to replace
retiring Rep. Larry Combest (R) in Texas 19.

Washington D.C. – In a special run-off election yesterday, voters in Texas\’ 19th congressional district chose Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) to replace Larry Combest (R), who after 10 terms as their congressman has retired.

Neugebauer defeated fellow Republican Mike Conaway by capturing 50.6% of the votes cast.

Mr. Neugebauer signed the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) Taxpayer Protection Pledge in February, showing his commitment to defend the rights of the taxpayers from the 19th district. The Pledge is a written promise from candidates and elected officials to district voters to "oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes." Currently, President George W. Bush, 216 members of the U.S. House, 42 senators, eight governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

"Neugebauer is a bold new representative for a bold district," said taxpayer advocate Grover Norquist, who heads ATR in Washington, DC. "Having voted strongly for President Bush in the 2000 presidential election, Texas 19 is among the most conservative districts in America, and the voters there have chosen their candidate wisely." ATR is widely considered the most influential taxpayer advocacy group in America.

New to the House of Representatives, Neugebauer joins a major Washington debate over the size and scope of government, and how it affects people\’s lives. His pledge to oppose any and all tax increases shows that he sides squarely with his constituents and their interests as taxpayers over the Washington spending lobbies.

"Almost half of the members in each body in Congress have signed the Pledge to vote against tax hikes," continued Norquist, "and to pass a tax hike over these men and women is like the Iraqi army challenging the 4th Mech to an infantry battle. Taxpayers in District 19 are safely represented when their Washington man is Randy Neugebauer," he concluded.