Tom DeLay joins "Dancing with the Stars" as one of the contestants for Season 9 of the ABC ballroom competition.

The former House Majority Leader is a prominent Republican and conservative firebrand. Tom DeLay was first elected to Congress in 1984, and when Republicans took control of the House, his colleagues elected him Majority Whip, and later Majority Leader. His leadership was characterized by his aggressive "Grow the Vote" method of party discipline, where he never lost a vote, leading the Washington Post to nickname him "The Hammer." He and his wife, Christine, also served as foster parents and founded a community in Texas that serves as a safe, permanent home for abused and neglected children. DeLay is currently president of First Principles LLC, a strategic political consulting firm based in Washington DC and Houston, Texas.




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Age: 70 years old
Birthday: April 8, 1947
Nickname: The Hammer
Full Name / Real Name: Thomas Dale DeLay
Birthplace: Laredo, TX
Wife: Christine Furrh





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