Capitol Shooting: Who's Who

House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, R.-Texas was in his Capitol Hill office Friday when gunshots rang out nearby.

DeLay represents the 22nd District of Texas. As House Majority Whip, he is the third-ranking party leader in the House. It is his charge to see that the Republican legislative agenda is completed.

DeLay also serves on the House Appropriations Committee.


Rep. Tom DeLay
He started his political career in 1978, when he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. In 1984, he went on to the House, serving variously as Republican Conference Secretary, Deputy Whip, and chairman of the Republican Study Committee.

A three-way race in 1994 brought DeLay his position as majority whip, despite opposition from then-Speaker-elect Newt Gingrich.

Born in Laredo, Texas, in 1947, DeLay did undergraduate work at Baylor University and later graduated from the University of Houston. He ran his own business, Albo Pest, in
Texas.

He and his wife, Christine, have a grown daughter, Danielle.

Home Page of the Majority Whip

Tom DeLay's Home Page


Sen. Bill Frist
Senator Bill Frist, R.-Tenn., rushed to the aid of the wounded. He was born and raised in Nashville and went on to become a surgeon specializing in heart and lung transplants. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Frist joined the teaching faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and was later appointed director of its heart and lung transplant program.

According to his official biography, Frist pioneered many innovative diagnostic and surgical techniques, and performed more than 200 heart and lung transplant procedures. His list of "firsts" includes the first lung transplant in Tennessee, the first pediatric heart transplant in Tennessee, and the first successful combined heart-lung transplant in the South.

In 1994, Frist won the Tennessee Senate seat once held by Andrew Jackson. Among his congressional projects have been efforts to save Medicare, balance the budget, and reduce the burden of taxes and regulations on families and small business.

He is the Senate's only physician and medical scientist and, when he was elected to the Senate in 1993, he became the first physician elected to the Senate in nearly 70 years. He also is a licensed commercial pilot.

He and his wife, Karyn, have three sons, Harrison, Jonathan, and Bryan.

Senator Frist's Web Page


Victim John Gibson
Victim Jacob Chestnut

Jacob Chestnut was one of the Capitol police officers slain in the gunfire. He was on the force for 18 years. He leaves a wife and three children. In military records, he listed South Carolina as his hometown. Before joining the Capitol police force, he served in the U.S. Air Force, from which he retired in 1980.

John Gibson, who had been on the Capitol police force for eight years, also was slain in the Capitol shootout. Like Chestnut, he was married and had three children.

Angela Dickerson, a tourist wounded in the shoulder and face. She was released from the hospital on Saturday.

Russell Eugene Weston, 42, of Missoula, Montana, shooting suspect in custody. Weston already had a Secret Service file for threatening the president. According to reports, he once lived in Vallmire, Illinois. Click here to learn more about the suspect.