U.S. Senator (R) Idaho, second term
As chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, Brother Craig is the fourth-ranking Republican leader in the Senate and is responsible for developing policy positions for Senate Republicans. Other Policy Committee duties include overseeing research, sponsoring issue forums and helping Majority Leader Trent Lott operate the Senate.
He served previously as chairman of the Steering Committee, a legislative "think tank" and action group for Senate conservatives. He was the youngest Senator ever elected to that position.
Born on the ranch homesteaded in 1899 by his grandfather, he graduated in 1967 from the University of Idaho where he served as Student Body President and as "A" of The Delta Chi Fraternity. He pursued graduate studies before returning to the family ranching business in 1971.
In 1974, the people of Payette and Washington counties sent Brother Craig to the Idaho State Senate, where he served three terms before winning the 1980 race for the U.S. Congress from Idaho's First Congressional District. He was re-elected four times before winning the U.S. Senate election in 1990.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association and is Senate co-chairman of the Congressional Coalition on adoption. He also co-founded and co-chairs the Senate Private Property Rights Coalition.
He is married to Suzanne Thompson and they have three children. He delivered the keynote address to the 49th International Convention of The Delta Chi Fraternity in Atlanta in 1994.
Richard C. Shelby
U.S. Senator, (R) Alabama
A fourth generation Alabamian, Brother Shelby is a graduate of both the University of Alabama's undergraduate and law programs.
He came to the Senate in 1987 with more than 20 years of experience in public service and business, an undeniable commitment to Alabama and the simple philosophy that less is more in terms of an effective government.
He previously served as Tuscaloosa City Prosecutor, U.S. Magistrate for the Northern District of Alabama, Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama, Alabama State Senator, and U.S. Representative.
Senator Shelby is the Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which oversees the nation's intelligence-related activities and issues of national security. He serves on the Senate Committee on Appropriations and chairs the Subcommittee on Transportation which has jurisdiction over the nation's transportation spending.
Additionally, Senator Shelby serves on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. His chairmanship of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Regulatory Relief led to the successful passage of an important regulatory relief bill last Congress. Finally, Senator Shelby serves on the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
He and his wife, Annette Nevin Shelby, have two sons.
U.S. Senator, (R) Wyoming
Following a lifetime of involvement in agriculture and rural advocacy, Brother Thomas was elected to the United States Senate in 1994. He also served the people of Wyoming for nearly six years in the U.S. House as Wyoming's lone representative. He was considered a chief spokesman during his time in the house for the rural West and for issues which are important to families in low population states-particularly health care.
As a Senator, he maintains a strong commitment to multiple use of public lands, agriculture, rural health care and a reduction of the burden government imposes on individuals.
Thomas was raised on a ranch near Cody where he attended public schools. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in agriculture. Following that, he served four years in the United States Marine Corps.
His committee assignments include work with the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee and the Committee on Indian Affairs.
He and his wife Susan, a public high school educator, have four children.
U.S. Representative (R) Texas
Elected in May of 1991, Congressman Sam Johnson, SMU '51, is serving his fourth term in the U.S. Congress. He epresents the Third Congressional District of Texas which includes parts of Dallas and Collin Counties. In the Congress he serves as an Assistant Whip to Majority Whip Tom DeLay. He is a member of the prestigious House Ways and Means Committee which oversees all tax laws, tariff and trade laws, and the Social Security and Medicare systems. His other committee assignment is on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Brother Johnson serves on the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. Brother Johnson grew up in Dallas where he attended Woodrow Wilson High School, and graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. In 1974 he earned his Masters degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.
After his graduation from SMU, Johnson began a 29- year career in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as director of the Air Force Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun) and flew with the Air Force Thunderbirds precision flying demonstration team. He also graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College and the National War College. In Korea, he flew F-86s in 62 combat missions.
In 1966, his F-4 was shot down over North Vietnam and he spent nearly seven years as a prisoner of war. Three of those years were spent in solitary confinement. Johnson's autobiography, Captive Warriors, details his POW experience. In recognition of his service to his country, he was awarded two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, one Bronze Star with Valor, two Purple Hearts, four Air Medals and three Outstanding Unit Awards.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1979, he began a home building company. In 1984 he was elected to the Texas State House of Representatives where he served for seven years.
Johnson is married to the former Shirley L. Melton of Dallas and they have three children and ten grandchildren.
John L. Mica
U.S. Representative (R) Florida
John Mica, Florida '67 and a former member of the staff of The Delta Chi Fraternity, was first elected to Congress in 1992. He represents the Seventh District of Florida which encompasses the area between Orlando and Daytona Beach.
In Congress, Brother Mica serves on the House Government Reform and Oversight and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committees. In recognition of his work toward governmental reform during the 103rd Congress, he was appointed Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Service. As chairman, he oversees the federal workforce and current efforts to downsize the federal bureaucracy. Mica also serves on the National Security, International Affairs and Criminal Justice Subcommittee. As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, he also serves on the Surface Transportation and Railroads Subcommittees.
Representative Mica has been a successful Central Florida businessman. In the private sector, he organized real estate, international trade and communications ventures. In the 1970s, he served two terms in the Florida Legislature.
In 1995 Mica was honored as one of 100 Americans to receive an Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He has been named a "Watchdog of the Treasury" each year since 1992 and was recently presented with his Third Spirit of Enterprise Award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to his work in Congress, Brother Mica has been a driving force behind the chapter house renovation at the Florida Chapter. He and his wife, Patricia, have been married for twenty-five years and have two children.
Former U.S. Representative (R) Florida
Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992, Brother Miller, Florida '64, represents the Thirteenth Congressional District of Florida. This gulf coast district includes all of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, as well as parts of Hillsborough and Charlotte Counties. A former college professor and businessman, he never held public office before his election to Congress.
Born in Michigan, Miller spent summers with his grandparents in Bradenton before moving to Florida with his family in 1958. He graduated college in 1964 and earned an M.B.A. from Emory University and a Ph.D. from LSU. He then joined the faculty at Georgia State University , and continued his teaching at the University of South Florida in Sarasota.
In addition to his career in education, he became a successful entrepreneur in Southwest Florida. He is a former partner in the family-owned Miller Enterprises, which owns and operates a diversified group of businesses, including The Pier restaurant, Barnett Bank Building, Suncoast Manor Nursing Center and Riverview Center.
In Congress he serves on the House Budget Committee and the House Appropriations Committee. He also serves on two subcommittees of the Appropriations Committee: the Health and Human Services, Labor and Education Subcommittee and the Interior Subcommittee. In addition, he is an assistant Majority Whip.
Brother Miller is married to Glenda Darsey Miller and they have two children.
Former U.S. Representative (R) Arizona
Bob Stump, Arizona State '51, is representing the Third Congressional District of Arizona which includes Coconini, LaPaz, and Mohave Counties, and portions of Navajo, Yavapai and Maricopa Counties.
Brother Stump is a U.S. Navy Combat Veteran from World War II where he served from 1943-1946. He graduated Tolleson High School in 1947 and entered Arizona State University where he joined Delta Chi.
"Delta Chi was the place where all the skills, learning and experience from school and being a Navy veteran gelled," Stump said. "It is from my time as a Delta Chi at Arizona State University that I learned the value and strength of teamwork, the responsibilities of assuming leadership and that honesty and integrity are the only foundation from which we can grow personally and professionally."
Stump serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs and on the Subcommittee on Hospitals and Health Care. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the House Committee on National Security and as a member of its Military Procurement Subcommittee and Military Installations Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Republican Steering Committee.
Brother Stump is the father of three and has five grandchildren.