Congressman Joe Barton on Wednesday filed for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he represents the 700,000 people of Texas’ Sixth Congressional District which includes Ellis County.

“With Congress now dominated by liberal voices from other parts of the country, voters rely on Texans more than ever to stand up for economic growth and personal freedom,” the Ennis Republican said. “That’s ‘Job 1’ for me and I’m going to do everything in my power to keep working people working and make sure they are free and safe. That is why I am running for re-election and that’s why I am going to ask other Texans to support me.”

Barton, 58, is the ranking Republican on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. The list of landmark legislation passed under his guidance includes the Energy Policy Act, but Barton said the work to make energy available and affordable to working Americans never ends.

“A robust economy that generates jobs and preserves our freedoms takes gasoline and electricity,” he said. “We’ve got plenty of energy right here in America and every time we decide not to use it, we become more dependent on the Middle Easterners who don’t much like us or our way of life.”

The vast Sixth District stretches from Tarrant County to Houston County, northeast of Houston, and one of the few people known personally to people from one end to the other is Joe Barton. Regular visits that include meetings with constituents and local leaders are a hallmark of the Barton tenure.

“You know, the best ideas nearly never come from Washington,” he said. “They come from the people in American cities and towns who do the work, pay the taxes and play by the rules and those are the people I want to hear from first.”

Tarrant County Republican Chairman Stephanie Klick offered an immediate endorsement.

“I am pleased that Tarrant County’s longest serving congressman is running for re-election,” Klick said. “He is a great conservative voice in Washington.”

Another supporter and Limestone County Republican Chairman, Dr. Doug Sanford of Fairfield, added, “Congressman Barton’s experience and values are a bright light in an otherwise dismal Congress. I look forward to aggressively supporting his re-election.”