Political offices sought or held: Member, Texas House of Representatives District 129, since 1999.
Education: BBA, Baylor University, 1982; BA, University of Houston-Clear Lake, 1987.
Background: Native of Houston; lifelong Texas resident; president/owner, Oates Industries, roof management/maintenance firm; Friend of Taxpayer Award, Texas Citizens for a Sound Economy, 1999.
Personal: 40, incumbent, business executive; resident of Houston. Wife, Jayne; three children.