Dick Armey
Richard Keith "Dick" Armey (ˈɑrmi; born July 7, 1940) is a former U.S. Representative
United States House of Representatives
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 from Texas's (1985–2003) and House Majority Leader
Party leaders of the United States House of Representatives
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 (1995–2003). He was one of the engineers of the "Republican Revolution
Republican Revolution
The Republican Revolution or Revolution of '94 is what the media dubbed Republican Party success in the 1994 U.S. midterm elections, which resulted in a net gain of 54 seats in the House of Representatives, and a pickup of eight seats in the Senate...

" of the 1990s, in which Republicans
Republican Party (United States)
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 were elected to majorities of both houses of Congress
United States Congress
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 for the first time in four decades. Armey was one of the chief authors of the Contract with America
Contract with America
The Contract with America was a document released by the United States Republican Party during the 1994 Congressional election campaign. Written by Larry Hunter, who was aided by Newt Gingrich, Robert Walker, Richard Armey, Bill Paxon, Tom DeLay, John Boehner and Jim Nussle, and in part using text...

. Armey is also an author and former economics professor. After his congressional career he worked as a consultant, advisor and lobbyist.
Armey was born in the farming town of Cando, North Dakota
Cando, North Dakota
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,342 people, 595 households, and 345 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,178.3 people per square mile . There were 707 housing units at an average density of 1,147.6 per square mile...

, the son of Marion (née Gutschlag) and Glenn Armey.