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Michael McCaul, Sr. was born January 14, 1962 in Dallas, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Antonio's Trinity University in 1984 and his Juris Doctor from St. Mary's University in 1987. McCaul also attended Harvard University, taking courses in the Kennedy School of Government. McCaul worked as an attorney and a federal prosecutor before entering politics. He was the Chief of Counterterrorism and National Security for Texas's branch of the US Attorney's office, and also worked under the Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section. He was appointed Texas Deputy Attorney General in 1998 and served in this capacity until 2002. Michael McCaul was first elected to Congress in 2004.