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Gregory H. "Greg" Laughlin (born January 21, 1942) is a politician from the state of Texasmarker. He is a former member of the United States House of Representatives.

Laughlin was born in Bay City, Texasmarker,and raised in West Columbia,Texas where he still maintains a residence and he graduated from Texas A&M Universitymarker. Laughlin served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970 and later was a reservist. Before election to Congress in 1988, he practiced law in Texas and served as Assistant District Attorney in Houston, Texasmarker, for four years.

A conservative Democrat, Laughlin ran unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in 1986, but was then victorious in 1988 when he unseated conservative Republican David McCann "Mac" Sweeney, who had served as an aide in the Ronald W. Reagan White Housemarker. Laughlin survived a bitter re-election campaign during the next cycle despite old allegations involving favoritism to a firm.

Laughlin was the only member of Congress to see active duty during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.

In 1995, the Republican Party, which had gained a majority in the House for the first time in four decades, offered Laughlin a seat on the Ways and Means committee if he joined the GOP. Laughlin did so, claiming that as a Democrat, he had to make some hard votes.

In the subsequent congressional election in 1996, Laughlin was endorsed by the Republican establishment, including then-Governor George W. Bush, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and other members of the party from outside the district and the state. Despite this, Republicans in Laughlin's district still saw him as too moderate, and he faced a primary challenge from former Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate in 1988, and Laughlin's previous primary opponent from the 1994 election. In a three-way race, Laughlin won the initial primary election with 42 percent of the vote, but by failing to win a majority he was required to face the second-place Paul in a run-off election. Paul defeated Laughlin by a 56-44 percent margin in the runoff election and went on to win the congressional seat. Paul, who sought the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, has led this House seat since 1997.

Laughlin remained in Washington, D.C.marker, practicing law at the office of Patton Boggs, in the areas of public policy, energy, international trade, and tax law. He has since moved to the firm of Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman.

Laughlin is one of the observers that declared the 2004 Presidential elections in Cameroonmarker as being fair. According to the BBC, he stated "we have never seen such a transparent way to show who got the vote"..

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  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3738976.stm


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