Angie Chen Button

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Angie Chen Button
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Texas House of Representatives, District 112
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2008
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas-Dallas
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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Angie Chen Button is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 112. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Biography

Button earned her Master's in Public Finance/Management Services from the University of Texas at Dallas. She works as a Marketing Manager with Texas Instruments and is a certified public accountant.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Calendars
Technology, Vice-chair
Ways & Means

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Button served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 1116 - Relating to tax incentives for certain businesses for job creation and retention.
  • HB 1205 - Relating to the circumstances in which the approval of the governing body of a taxing unit is required for refunds of overpayments or erroneous payments of ad valorem taxes.
  • HB 2430 - Relating to lobbying by former members of the legislature; creating an offense.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Angie Chen Button defeated Jared Patterson in the Republican primary. Chen Button defeated Michael Binkley (L) in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Button ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 112. Button ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election. She was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Button won re-election in District 112. She was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and defeated Libertarian Troy Camplin in the November 2 general election.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 112
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Angie Chen Button (R) 22,206 83.21%
Troy Camplin (L) 4,478 16.78%

2008

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Button won election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 112th District, receiving 30,998 votes ahead of Democrat Sandra Phuong Vule (21,919) and Libertarian Philip White (2,372).[6] She raised $886,767 for her campaign; Vule raised $140,662.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 112
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Angie Chen Button (R) 30,998 56.06%
Sandra Phuong Vule (D) 21,919 39.64%
Philip M. White (L) 2,372 4.29%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Button is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Button raised a total of $1,249,296 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[8]

Angie Chen Button's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 112 Won $226,401
2010 Texas State House, District 112 Won $136,128
2008 Texas State House, District 112 Won $886,767
Grand Total Raised $1,249,296

2012

Button won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Button raised a total of $226,401.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Angie Chen Button's campaign in 2012
Ryan & Co$5,000
Gallagher, Jerry$5,000
Hill Jr, Al$5,000
Chen, Felix$5,000
Chen, Felix$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$226,401
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Button won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Button raised a total of $136,128.

2008

Button won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Button raised a total of $886,767.

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Button’s endorsements included the following:[9]

  • National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund
  • Texas State Rifle Association PAC
  • Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC
  • Texas Right to Life PAC
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants CPA-PAC
  • BACPAC, the Political Arm of the Texas Association of Business (TAB)
  • Texas Hospital Association PAC
  • Conservative Republicans of Texas

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

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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.[10] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[11]

  • 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.[11]

  • 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."[12] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Button received a score of 75.4 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of B that Button received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Angie Chen Button received a grade of B on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Advocate. Button was named a "2011 Taxpayer Advocate," which is "An award presented to by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their strong rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."

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