Blake Farenthold, a native Texan, born and raised in Corpus Christi, represents all or part of 13 counties along the Texas cost from Corpus Christi to Bay City and juts inland to include part of Bastrop county. He is a Texas Conservative. Pro-Life. Pro-constitution. Pro-Border Security with a 100+ rating from the NRA.
Blake believes in a smaller more accountable government, lower simpler taxes, less regulations, more freedom and increasing jobs and opportunity for all Americans .
He was first elected in 2010 in one of the country’s biggest upsets; defeating 28-year incumbent Democrat Solomon Ortiz Sr. His grandmother, Annie Blake Morgan, was married to Hayden Head Sr., a prominent political figure in Texas who was instrumental in the election of Republican U.S. Senator John Tower. Head was also influential in deepening the Port of Corpus Christi ship channel, establishing Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and building Choke Canyon Reservoir. Corpus Christi International Airport is named after Head. His step-grandmother, Sissy Farenthold, a Democratic icon in Texas was married to his grandfather George Farenthold.
Blake attended Incarnate Word Academy in Corpus Christi, the University of Texas at Austin where he received a BS in Radio, Television, and Film, and received his JD from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio.
His diverse career includes working as a radio disc jockey in high school and college, practicing law at the Kleberg Law Firm in Corpus Christi and founding Farenthold Consulting LLC, a computer consulting and web design firm. Blake was also co-host of Lago in the Morning, a top rated conservative talk radio program where he still appears most Monday mornings.
Blake has been a longtime civic and community leader in Corpus Christi, serving on the boards of St. James Episcopal School, the Texas State Aquarium, Computer Section of the State Bar of Texas, and on the leadership team of the Social Media Club of Corpus Christi. Before his election to the House of Representatives, he spent time refereeing youth basketball games and volunteering to teach computers and digital photography to senior citizens.
Since his election, Blake has become widely recognized for his work on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, helping lead investigations most notably on Fast and Furious, the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, and the politically motivated targeting of American’s by the IRS.
Blake also serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the House Judiciary Committee where he is a leader on border security, technology and intellectual property matters. He also is the Chairman of the I-69 Caucus, The Texas Maritime Caucus and Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) Export Caucus to promote economic development for the Texas 27th Congressional District and our state.
Blake has been married to his wife Debbie for 30 years. They met in college while waiting in line for tickets to a Jimmy Buffett concert. They have two adult daughters, Morgan and Amanda.