During his tenure spanning three decades in the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Frost has occupied a number of positions of responsibility. Congressman Frost became the first Jewish chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in January 1995, a position he held until December 1998. He was the second ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee at the time. In 1998, he became the first Jewish member of Congress in history to win an elected party leadership position. He served two terms as the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus from 1999 to 2003, the number three post in the Democrats’ House leadership. He has been presented the National Security Leadership Award by the American Security Council for his work on defense and foreign policy issues.
Congressman Frost was the principal author of defense conversion legislation passed by the House in 1992 and headed a special House task force to deal with defense conversion issues. He has also taken a strong stand against crime by winning passage of the Amber Hagerman Child Protection Act. The legislation created a “Two Strikes” law which mandates life in prison after a second sex offense against a child. He has also been involved in a number of issues affecting the Northern Texas area. These include expansion of the Dallas/Forth Worth Airport and construction of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail system. Both are issues our area needs to address.
Frost grew up in Fort Worth, where he graduated from Paschal High School. He received both Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Missouri in 1964 and his law degree from the Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C. in 1970. Following graduation from Georgetown, he served as a law clerk for Federal Judge Sarah T. Hughes of the Northern District of Texas and practiced law in Dallas until his election in 1978.
After his 26-year tenure in Congress, Frost is an attorney with the law firm of Polsinelli & Shugart.