Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) was the keynote speaker at the Beaumont Spindletop Rotary meeting. Congressman Poe offered an overview of the accomplishments made in the United States Congress during his first term, including the creation of the Victims Rights Caucus, The Adam Walsh Child Safety Act and efforts to secure our borders.

Congressman Poe welcomed comments and questions from the group and accepted thanks for his work on behalf of the Jefferson County Waterways and Navigation District. Congressman Poe has been an advocate for increased funding and security along our waterways and our ports to further economic development in Jefferson County.

Attention was also given to the continuing Hurricane Rita recovery efforts. Congressman Poe has worked closely with Jefferson County leaders and has been an advocate in Washington for southeast Texas in seeing that they receive their fair share of federal funding. Most recently, Southeast Texas received a Social Service Block Grant (SSBG) for $23 million to fund fifty social service, non-profits, faith-based organizations and governmental entities in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange Counties assisting in the ongoing hurricane recovery efforts.

All three congressional offices continue to assist residents with hurricane recovery and offer many services to the community. Congressman Poe proudly announced the large number of military academy appointments young men and women received from the Second Congressional District. For more information on the Academies application process or other services provided by the Congressional Office, please visit the website,