Allan Ritter

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Allan Ritter
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Texas State House, District 21
Incumbent
In office
1999 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Allan Ritter is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998. After his election in 2010, he officially switched his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican.

On October 4, 2013, Ritter announced that he wound not run fort re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2014.[1]

Biography

Ritter currently sits on the Board of Allied Building Stores, and is President of the Ritter Lumber Company. He previously worked as Vice Chairman of Allied Building Stores from 1996-1998, and in sales and management for the Ritter Lumber Company from 1972-1988.

Ritter is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Coastal Conservation Association, Crimestoppers, First Baptist Church of Nederland, National Rifle Association, Nederland Economic and Development Council, Southwestern Cattle Association, Texas Construction Industry Council, Texas and Southwest Cattlemen's Association, and Young Men's Business League.[2]

2010 Party Switch

Shortly after winning re-election to District 21 in the November 2, 2010 general election, Ritter announced that he would be switching his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican. The announcement came in the wake of landslide GOP victories in the Texas House of Representatives that left Republicans one seat short of a supermajority.[3]

On December 11, 2010 Ritter announced: "In order to best reflect the views of the majority of the people of District 21, I have decided to change my party affiliation. I believe this will allow me to more accurately and effectively represent my constituents while addressing the challenges facing our state."[3]

Ritter's switch all but clinched the Republican supermajority for the 2011 session, barring an unforeseen Democratic win in the December 14th, 2010 special election for deceased Republican representative Edmund Kuempel. According to the Legislative Research Library, no party has held 100 or more seats in the House since 1983."[4]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ritter served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Natural Resources, Chair
Ways & Means

2011-2012

Ritter served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 2664 - Relating to creating a defense to prosecution for the offense of unlawful carrying of a handgun by a license holder on the premises of certain businesses.
  • HB 4231 - Relating to the conveyancing or transfer in this state of water imported into this state from a source located outside this state.
  • HB 4232 - Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation for certain property used to control pollution.
  • HB 4592 - Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of real property leased to and used by certain schools.[5]

Elections

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Ritter ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 21. Ritter defeated Daniel Miller in the May 29 Republican primary election and was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas House of Representatives District 21 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAllan Ritter Incumbent 72.7% 9,299
Daniel Miller 27.3% 3,488
Total Votes 12,787

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ritter won re-election to the 21st District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the March 2nd primary. Ritter defeated Independent Eric Baumgart in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Texas House of Representatives, District 21
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Alan Ritter (D) 19,432 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Ritter won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 21st District. Ritter ran unopposed in the general election, and he received 32,208 votes.[6] Ritter raised $149,868 for his campaign.[7]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ritter is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Ritter raised a total of $2,421,339 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.[8]

Allan Ritter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 21 Won $401,041
2010 Texas State House, District 21 Won $184,576
2008 Texas State House, District 21 Won $149,868
2006 Texas State House, District 21 Won $160,342
2004 Texas State House, District 21 Won $556,086
2002 Texas State House, District 21 Won $261,363
2000 Texas State House, District 21 Won $488,641
1998 Texas State House, District 21 Won $219,422
Grand Total Raised $2,421,339

2012

Ritter won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ritter raised a total of $401,041.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Allan Ritter's campaign in 2012
Texas Association Of Realtors$20,000
Texas House Leadership Fund$14,500
Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association$6,000
HillCo Partners$5,500
Associated General Contractors Of Texas$5,500
Total Raised in 2012$401,041
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Ritter won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Ritter raised a total of $184,576.

2008

Ritter won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Ritter raised a total of $149,868.

2006

Ritter won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Ritter raised a total of $160,342.

2004

Ritter won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Ritter raised a total of $556,086.

2002

Ritter won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Ritter raised a total of $261,363.

2000

Ritter won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Ritter raised a total of $488,641.

1998

Ritter won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Ritter raised a total of $219,422.

Scorecards

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2013

In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening.[9] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[10]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
  • Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • The 2013 TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: water, global warming, environmental regulation, clean energy, clean air, good government, oil and gas regulation and energy efficiency.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Young Conservatives of Texas: Legislative Ratings for the 83rd Legislature
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Concerned Women for America of Texas: Legislative Scorecard for the 83rd session.

2011

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature was in its 82nd legislative session from January 11 through May 30. A special session was called for May 31 through June 29.[10]

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on social issues, economic issues and other issues.
  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored based on 56 House votes and 38 Senate votes that offer clear public policy choice.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Legislators are scored based on consumer-related bills.

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy." Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Ritter received a score of 37 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Allan Ritter received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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Texas House District 21
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