Bennett Ratliff

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Bennett Ratliff
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Texas House of Representatives, District 115
In office
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas
ProfessionCivil Engineer
Office website
Campaign website
Bennett Ratliff campaign logo
Bennett Ratliff is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 115. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Ratliff earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Public Education


Campaign themes


Ratliff's website highlights the following stances:[2]

  • 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:

Bennett Favors

  • "Balanced State & Federal Government Budgets"
  • "Pro-Life & Pro-Family Values"
  • "Local Control of Public Schools"
  • "Better Traffic Mobility"
  • "Less Government Regulation"

Bennett Opposes

  • "ObamaCare"
  • "Higher Taxes"
  • "Abusive Eminent Domain"
  • "Unfunded Mandates"
  • "Foreign Ownership of Texas Roads"



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

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.[3][4][5]


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 115, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBennett Ratliff 57.6% 41,784
     Democratic Mary Clare Fabishak 40.1% 29,082
     Libertarian Preston Poulter 2.4% 1,711
Total Votes 72,577

Campaign donors

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.[7]

Bennett Ratliff's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 115 Won $388,731
Grand Total Raised $388,731


Ratliff 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
Reyes, Paul$10,000
Total Raised in 2012$388,731
Source:Follow the Money


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

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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.[8] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[9]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government, and individual liberty.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.

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."[10] 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.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Jackson (R)
Texas House District 115
Succeeded by