Tom Delay

Easton Press Tom Delay books

No Retreat, No Surrender - signed first edition - 2007


About Tom Delay

Tom DeLay, whose full name is Thomas Dale DeLay, is a retired American politician who played a prominent role in the Republican Party. Born on April 8, 1947, in Laredo, Texas, DeLay became a key figure in the U.S. House of Representatives during the late 20th and early 21st centuries. DeLay's political career began when he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1978. He later served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1985 to 2006, representing Texas's 22nd and 22nd congressional districts. Throughout his tenure, DeLay held various leadership positions, including Majority Whip and eventually Majority Leader, making him one of the most powerful Republicans in the House.

Known for his staunch conservative views, DeLay was a driving force behind the Republican Party's legislative agenda during the 1990s and early 2000s. He played a crucial role in advancing key Republican initiatives, including the Contract with America, a set of policy proposals that helped the party secure a majority in the House in the 1994 elections. However, DeLay's political career faced controversy. In 2005, he was indicted on charges of money laundering and conspiracy related to campaign finance activities in Texas. The charges led to his decision to step aside temporarily from his position as Majority Leader. In 2010, the United States Court of Appeals overturned his money laundering conviction, although the legal proceedings had already taken a toll on his political standing.

In addition to his political career, Tom DeLay was known for his strong connections to conservative advocacy groups and his involvement in issues such as pro-life and Second Amendment rights. He was often a polarizing figure, admired by many conservatives for his effective leadership but criticized by others for his hardline tactics and the ethical questions surrounding his political activities. After leaving Congress in 2006, DeLay continued to be involved in public discourse, offering commentary on political issues and occasionally appearing on media outlets. Despite the legal challenges and controversies that marked the later years of his political career, Tom DeLay remains a significant figure in recent American political history, particularly for his role in shaping Republican strategy during a pivotal period in the late 20th century.


No Retreat, No Surrender: One American's Fight

A candid memoir of one of the most effective, controversial figures in modern politics.


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