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ACU alum Ted Poe elected to U.S. House of Representatives

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November 8, 2004

Voters in Texas' Congressional District 2 elected Ted Poe, a former judge known for his unusual sentencing and an Abilene Christian University alumnus, to the U.S. House of Representatives in last week's election. Poe received 55 percent of the vote, defeating incumbent Democrat Nick Lampson and Libertarian candidate Sandi Saulsbury.

For 22 years, Poe served as a district judge in Harris Country and during that time gained national attention for his creative sentencing of convicted criminals. His sentences ranged from requiring a man who abused his wife to publicly apologize on the steps of Houston City Hall to ordering murderers to securely place a photo of their victim on the wall of their prison cell.

In 1999, he helped write legislation allowing Texas judges to order public notice of a crime in probation cases. Poe's public punishments garnered media attention from 60 Minutes, 20/20, Dateline NBC, National Geographic, and Australian, German, French, Bulgarian, Japanese and British newscasts. Poe has appeared on the FOX News Channel, MSNBC and CNN as a political and legal analyst.

Poe served on ACUís Board of Trustees from 1991 until 2004. He graduated from ACU in 1970 with a degree in political science, and he received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

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