United States Representative Joe Barton will provide a legislative update at the August legislative luncheon series for the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Midlothian Conference Center.

The luncheon is $15 with advance reservation by noon Monday, Aug. 20, or $20 at the door. RSVP to the chamber via email at info@midlothianchamber.org, or call the chamber at 972-723-8600. The luncheon is sponsored in part by Ash Grove, Gerdau, Holcim (Texas) LP and TXI.

Barton has served the constituents of the Sixth Congressional District of Texas since 1984. Barton currently serves as the Chairman of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce Ė the oldest standing legislative House committee. The Energy & Commerce Committee has arguably the broadest non tax-oriented jurisdiction of any congressional committee, with principal House responsibility over matters relating to commerce, public health and marketplace interests. Barton is currently the senior Republican and serves as Chairman Emeritus of the full Energy and Commerce Committee.

Barton has led the House charge to pass comprehensive national energy policy legislation. In the past two congresses, he has shared authorship of the two most comprehensive energy policy packages to pass in the House since the 1930s. Barton has committed himself to passing legislation promoting an environment of high supply, low demand, consumer-friendly prices and environmental protection. A proponent of competition, Barton is additionally responsible for both the first electricity deregulation legislation to pass a House subcommittee, and for legislation, which deregulated the natural gas industry.

As a founding co-chairman of the Congressional Privacy Caucus, he continues in his new role to preserve Americanís financial and medical privacy, and has in particular used his jurisdiction to protect safety and privacy in the ever-expanding Internet universe. As founding co-chairman of Asthma Awareness Day on Capitol Hill, Barton has consistently supported common sense, environmentally-sound clean air policy at the local, state and national level. He remains committed to supporting advanced research and increased funding for diabetes, cancer and the issues of home, rural and mental health, and was responsible for the passage of landmark FDA reform legislation designed to improve the way the agency approves medical devices.

Barton remains among the steadfast House leaders on tax reform through the promotion of lower taxes and financial freedom. He has supported eliminating the marriage penalty and estate tax, reduced capital gains taxes, retirement of the current tax code and sweeping bankruptcy reforms.

Barton was born on Sept. 15, 1949 in Waco, Texas. He attended Texas A&M University on a four-year scholarship, and was the Class of Ď72ís Outstanding Industrial Engineering Student. He has a Masterís of Science degree from Purdue University, and prior to being elected to Congress he was employed by Ennis Business Forms in Ennis and Crockett, and served as a White House Fellow. Barton and his wife, Terri, have six children and five grandchildren. They spend most of their time in Ennis and Arlington, Texas.