Steve Bartlett

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Steve Bartlett
56th Mayor of Dallas
In office
Preceded byAnnette Strauss
Succeeded byRon Kirk
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1983 – March 11, 1991
Preceded byJames M. Collins
Succeeded bySam Johnson
Personal details
Harry Steven Bartlett

(1947-09-19) September 19, 1947 (age 76)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseGail Coke
EducationUniversity of Texas, Austin (BA)

Harry Stephen Bartlett (born September 19, 1947) is an American politician and former president and CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, an advocacy group lobbying the U.S. federal government on financial services legislation, a position which he held from 1999 to 2012.[1] He served as the U.S. representative for Texas's 3rd congressional district, as the 56th mayor of Dallas, Texas, and as a member of the Dallas City Council.

Political offices[edit]

Bartlett and his family with President Ronald Reagan in 1986

Bartlett served as a U.S. Representative from 1983 until his resignation in 1991.[2] He won the open seat over former state Representative Kay Bailey Hutchison, later the state treasurer, U.S. Senator, and an unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate in 2010. The position became vacant when the long-term Republican incumbent, James M. Collins ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate against the Democrat Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr., of Houston.

While in Congress, Bartlett served as a member of the House Banking Committee, where he "led the successful push to let the market set interest rates on government-insured mortgages."[3] He served as Deputy Whip and was a sponsor or principal cosponsor of nearly 20 major pieces of legislation,[citation needed] including the Enhanced Secondary Mortgage Market Act, Fair Labor Standards Act Reforms, FHA Deregulation and the Americans with Disabilities Act.[4]

Bartlett left the House when he was elected to the nonpartisan position as mayor of Dallas. As mayor, Bartlett led an effort to reduce violent crime and adopted a $5 billion capital improvements plan. He worked to improve an economic revitalization, a downtown renaissance, and 30,000 new residential units in or adjacent to downtown Dallas.[citation needed] Bartlett served as the city's executive until 1995.

Private sector and lobbying[edit]

Bartlett was hired to head the Financial Services Roundtable in 1999.[3] In 2012, he was replaced as president and CEO by former Republican presidential candidate and the former Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota.[5]

Following his government service, Bartlett served on a number of boards of directors, including IMCO Recycling, Kaufman and Broad Home Corporation, Sun Coast Industrial and the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of RespectAbility.[6] In addition, he also served on the board of governors of the National YMCA, the Fannie Mae National Advisory Council and the board of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. In 2001 he served on the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education.[7]

Bartlett has been recognized for his leadership skills by the National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of Independent Business; Ebony, Essence, and Jet magazines; Texas Association for Retarded Citizens; Anti-Defamation League; National Council of La Raza; American Electronics Association; Watchdogs of the Treasury; and Best Dad by the NF Foundation.[1]

In 2011, Bartlett earned about $2 million a year at Financial Services Roundtable.[3]

Other activities[edit]

Bartlett has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and as a member of the Leadership Group on U.S.-Muslim Engagement.[8]

2020 Presidential Election[edit]

On August 24, 2020, Bartlett was one of 24 former Republican lawmakers to endorse Democratic nominee Joe Biden on the opening day of the Republican National Convention.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Bartlett was born in Los Angeles, California and reared in Lockhart in Caldwell County, Texas. He attended Kimball High School in Dallas, at which he met his future wife at a Young Republicans bake sale;[3] he graduated in 1966.[2] Barlett attended the University of Texas at Austin, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1971.[2] He also became a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Bartlett is married to the former Gail Coke; the Bartletts have three children and six grandchildren.[1] They reside in McLean, Virginia.


  1. ^ a b c "Biography of Bartlett". The Financial Services Roundtable.
  2. ^ a b c United States Congress. "Steve Bartlett (id: B000204)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
  3. ^ a b c d Protess, Ben (July 14, 2011). "Wall Street Lobbyist Aims to 'Reform the Reform'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
  4. ^ "THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Archived from the original on 2006-01-30. Retrieved 2010-05-28.[vague]
  5. ^ "Roundtable Management" Archived 2012-11-15 at the Wayback Machine, FSR webpage. Pawlenty is listed as President and CEO and Bartlett as Former President and CEO. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  6. ^ laurenappelbaum (2017-07-12). "Rep. Steve Bartlett". Respect Ability. Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  7. ^ Archived April 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Steve Bartlett, bio, U.S.-Muslim Engagement webpage.
  9. ^ Cole, Devan (3 September 2020). "Here are the prominent Republicans backing Biden". CNN. Retrieved 5 September 2020.

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from Texas's 3rd congressional district

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