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Houghton was born in Corning, New York and he graduated from Harvard University. Houghton was a business executive, an heir to the Corning Glass fortune. In 1986, Houghton was elected to the House of Representatives as a Republican. Houghton was the richest man in the House, with a wealth of $475 million dollars. Houghton has a moderate voting record and he unsuccessfully sought out a Republican to challenge Tom DeLay for the spot of majority leader. On April 7, 2004, Houghton announced his intentions not to seek a tenth term in Congress. On January 3, 2005, Houghton's term as a congressman expired.
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