|Texas House of Representatives, District 115|
|January 13, 2015|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Texas|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Ratliff earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ratliff served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Public Education|
Ratliff's website highlights the following stances:
- Balanced State & Federal Government Budgets
- Pro-Life & Pro-Family Values
- Local Control of Public Schools
- Better Traffic Mobility
- Less Government Regulation
Ratliff's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- "Balanced State & Federal Government Budgets"
- "Pro-Life & Pro-Family Values"
- "Local Control of Public Schools"
- "Better Traffic Mobility"
- "Less Government Regulation"
- "Higher Taxes"
- "Abusive Eminent Domain"
- "Unfunded Mandates"
- "Foreign Ownership of Texas Roads"
Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take 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 will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Matt Rinaldi defeated incumbent Bennett Ratliff in the Republican primary. Paul Stafford was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Stafford, Rinaldi and Kim Kelley (L) will face off in the general election.
Ratliff won election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 115. Ratliff advanced to the June 31 primary runoff where he defeated Steve Nguyen. Ratliff defeated Mary Clare Fabishak (D) and Preston Poulter (L) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 115, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Mary Clare Fabishak||40.1%||29,082|
Comprehensive donor information for Ratliff is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Ratliff raised a total of $388,731 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.
|Bennett Ratliff's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Texas State House, District 115||$388,731|
|Grand Total Raised||$388,731|
2012Ratliff won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ratliff raised a total of $388,731.
|Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Bennett Ratliff's campaign in 2012|
|Texas Medical Association||$29,308|
|Ratliff, Bennett & Beccy||$25,000|
|Bill Ratliff For State Senate||$20,000|
|Eye-Pac Of The Texas Opthalmological Accociation||$15,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$388,731|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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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. Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.
- American's for Prosperity Texas - Texas Legislative Report Card 2013
- Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government, and individual liberty.
- Conservative Roundtable - 2013 Conservative Solutions Scorecard
- Empower Texans - 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index
- Environment Texas - 2013 Legislative Scorecard
- 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.
- Texans Uniting for Reform & Freedom - 2013 Session Report Card
- Texas Association of Business - For the Record 2013
- Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
- 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.
- Texas Right to Life - 2013 Legislative Scores
- Texas Tribune Guest Column: Mark P. Jones - The 2013 Texas House, From Right to Left
- 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.
- The American Conservative Union - 2013 State Legislative Ratings Guide
- Young Conservatives of Texas - 83rd Session House Budget Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index
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.
Ratliff received a score of 41.6 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
Ratliff and his wife, Beccy, have three children.
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- Profile from Open States
- Bennett Ratliff on Facebook
- Bennett Ratliff on Twitter
- Campaign Contributions: 2012
- Report Card from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility
- bennettratliff.com, "About Bennett," accessed February 12, 2014
- bennettratliff.com, "Issues," accessed February 12, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 March Primary Election Candidate Filings by County," accessed March 4, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Democratic Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Republican Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 17, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Ratliff, Bennett," accessed August 15, 2013
- kten.com, "Texas Lawmakers To Tackle Redistricting In Special Session," May 29, 2013
- Legislative reference Library of Texas, "Texas Legislative Sessions and Years," accessed June 13, 2014
- Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
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