Dick Armey fought tirelessly for 18 years in the U.S. House for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom. He is also a past chairman of FreedomWorks where he led the same political revolution at the grass-roots level.
Armey was born July 7, 1940, in Cando, N.D., the fifth of eight children. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Jamestown College, a master’s from the University of North Dakota, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oklahoma. He taught economics for 13 years at the University of North Texas.
One night while watching C-SPAN, Armey became convinced that he could work effectively as a congressman. He was a strong believer in the policies of Ronald Reagan, and he knew the president needed reinforcements in Congress.
Elected to Congress in 1984, Armey soon passed landmark legislation (BRAC) that helped close obsolete military bases, saving the taxpayers $4 billion a year. In 1990, he disagreed with President Bush’s tax hike and persuaded the Republican Conference, by a 3-to-1 margin, to pass his resolution opposing it.
In 1994, Armey was the main author of the Contract with America. The contract helped Republicans take control of the House for the first time in 40 years, and Armey became majority leader.
During his tenure at FreedomWorks, Armey traveled to more than 20 states, rallying grass roots, testifying before state and federal governments, meeting with pro-reform legislators, and challenging “backsliding” politicians while helping advance FreedomWorks’ mission of lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.