Name: Thomas Dale "Tom" DeLay.

Age: 58

Birth Date: April 8, 1947

Education: B.S., biology, University of Houston, 1970; attended Baylor University, 1965-1967.

Experience: U.S. House of Representatives, 1985-present; House Majority Leader, 2003-2005; House Majority Whip, 1995-2003; Texas House, 1979-1985; worked for pesticide maker Redwood Chemical after college before starting his own exterminating business, Albo Pest Control.

Family: Wife, Christine; daughter, Danielle; one grandchild.

Quotation: "The job of majority leader and the mandate of the Republican majority are too important to be hamstrung, even for a few months, by personal distractions." — DeLay in letter informing House Speaker Dennis Hastert that he is stepping aside permanently as House majority leader.