Retired officer and fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, who later became Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas in 1991. His autobiography, Captive Warriors, recounts his experience as a prisoner of war in Vietnam fro seven years.
He was an ardent conservative who was known for having the most conservative voting record in the House for three consecutive years.
He has three children with his wife, Shirley L. Melton.
He and 2008 presidential candidate John McCain are both Vietnam-era P.O.W.s.