Joe Linus Barton is a Representative from Texas. Born in Waco, Texas in 1949, he earned his B.A. from Texas A&M University in 1972 and his M.S. from Purdue University in 1973. He was a business executive, and a White House fellow serving as an aide to Secretary of Energy James B. Edwards from 1981-1982. He was elected as a Republican to the 99th and to the sixteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1985-present).
He served as the chair of the Committee on Energy and Commerce (108th and 109th Congresses).