Jodey Arrington is a proven leader and a lifelong conservative who is committed to fighting for the people of West Texas to ensure their views and values are heard in Washington, D.C.
In January 2017, Jodey became the fifth representative to serve the 19th District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives since its creation in 1935. His principles of faith, family and hard work run deep, and he is a tireless advocate for cutting government spending, ensuring a strong national defense, and protecting Americans’ God-given freedoms.
In the 115th Congress, Jodey served on the House Agriculture Committee, the House Budget Committee and the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Within the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, he was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, where he worked to ensure veterans have opportunities for employment after deployment. He was also selected to serve on the bicameral conference committee that successfully passed the 2018 Farm Bill and was the only freshman member to be appointed by the Speaker to serve on the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Reform.
At the beginning of the 116th Congress, Jodey was selected to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee, where he serves on the Tax and Social Security Subcommittees and as Co-Chair of the Rural Health Task Force.
A graduate of Plainview High School, Jodey attended Texas Tech University, earning a B.A. in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
Through the years, his ability to tackle tough issues and deliver results for our country, state, and local communities have taken him from the South Plains to Austin, to the White House, and back again. His experience includes advising then-Governor George W. Bush on appointments to state boards and commissions, recruiting conservative business leaders from across the state to provide oversight and accountability to agencies responsible for agriculture, higher education, healthcare, and criminal justice.
He later became an Advisor to President Bush in the White House, helping assemble President Bush’s leadership team in critical areas such as agriculture, water, and energy.
After leaving the White House, Jodey served as Chief of Staff to Amarillo native Don Powell during his tenure as Chairman of the FDIC, where he was instrumental in helping cut millions of dollars in waste and inefficiencies, reducing regulatory burdens on community banks and passing the U.S. deposit insurance reform.
In 2007, Jodey brought his leadership to the Texas Tech University System, serving as Chief of Staff to Chancellor and former Congressman Kent Hance. He was later appointed as Vice Chancellor of Research and Commercialization, where he oversaw record growth of the Texas Tech University System. He also helped bring jobs and millions of dollars in economic development to West Texas, increasing technology commercialization and fostering strong ties with the local business community.
Jodey then served as President of Scott Laboratories, Inc., a company responsible for commercializing health care innovations, including a new telemedicine venture.
Jodey and his family are active members of their local church, where he has taught Sunday school and served as an elder. Jodey has also been active in the local community, serving on numerous boards and committees related to Christian ministry, economic development, and renewable energy.