Bill Zedler

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Bill Zedler
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Texas House of Representatives, District 96
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Master'sSam Houston State University
Personal
Birthday08/19/1943
ProfessionHealthcare industry
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Bill Zedler (b. August 19, 1943) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 96. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Zedler earned his Master's of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University. Zedler worked in the healthcare industry, including for Jelco Labs, Baxter Healthcare, Pyxis Corporation, and Bridge Medical. He served as a Hospital Personnel Officer in the U.S. Army.[1]

Zedler has been active in Republican politics since 1976, and has volunteered every election cycle since Ronald Reagan ran for president. Zedler has served as precinct chairman, election judge, poll watcher, and on the credentials and platform committees for the senate district convention and the credentials committee for the state convention.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Defense & Veterans' Affairs
Public Health

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Zedler's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]

Protect the Border

  • Excerpt: "Bill believes that Texas does not have to wait on the federal government to protect our border."

Limited Government

  • Excerpt: "The government is too big, and it spends too much. Bill wants to cut the waste and fraud out of our government."

Right to Bear Arms

  • Excerpt: "Endorsed by the NRA and Texas State Rifle Association, Bill will continue to fight to protect our 2nd Amendment rights."

Lower Taxes

  • Excerpt: "Bill will work hard to pass legislation so that families and small businesses pay less in taxes. "

Repeal Obamacare

  • Excerpt: "Bill will work with Attorney General Greg Abbott to repeal Obama's attempt to seize control of your health care. "

2012

Zedler's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

Protect the Border

"-Bill believes that Texas does not have to wait on the federal government to protect our border."

Limited Government

"-The government is too big, and it spends too much. Bill wants to cut the waste and fraud out of our government."

Right to Bear Arms

"-Endorsed by the NRA and Texas State Rifle Association, Bill will continue to fight to protect our 2nd Amendment rights."

Lower Taxes

"-Bill will work hard to pass legislation so that families and small businesses pay less in taxes."

Repeal Obamacare

"-Bill will work with Attorney General Greg Abbott to repeal Obama's attempt to seize control of your health care."

Elections

2014

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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Bill Zedler is unopposed in the Republican primary. Zedler will face Quinn Eaker (L) in the general election.[4][5][6]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Zedler won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 96. Zedler defeated Mike Leyman in the May 29 primary election and defeated Max W. Koch, III (L) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 96, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Zedler Incumbent 80.5% 36,940
     Libertarian Max Koch III 19.5% 8,931
Total Votes 45,871
Texas House of Representatives District 96 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Zedler 62.9% 4,536
Mike Leyman 37.1% 2,681
Total Votes 7,217

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Zedler won election to the 96th District seat in 2010. He defeated Joe Keller in the March 2nd primary. He then defeated incumbent Democratic candidate Chris Turner and Lindy Suze (L) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 96
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Zedler (R) 23,747 52.38%
Chris Turner (D) 21,583 47.61%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Zedler lost re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 96th District, to Chris Turner (D).[7]

Zedler raised $1,025,081 for his campaign while Turner raised $863,604 and Todd Litteken (L) raised $0[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 96 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Chris Turner (D) 41,977
Bill Zedler (R) 38,108
Todd Litteken (L) 1,737

2006

On November 4, 2006 Zedler won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 96th District, defeating Christopher Youngblood (D) and Samuel Thomas (L).[7]

Zedler raised $130,446 for his campaign while Youngblood raised $900 and Thomas raised $0.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 96 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Christopher Youngblood (D) 16,483
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Zedler (R) 19,520
Samuel Thomas (L) 1,206

2004

On November 4, 2004 Zedler won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 96th District, defeating Darrel Cox (D).[7]

Zedler raised $128,095 for his campaign while Cox raised $6,381.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 96 (2004)
Candidates Votes
Darrel Cox (D) 26,447
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Zedler (R) 40,224

2002

On November 4, 2002, Zedler won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 96th District, defeating Darrel Cox (D).[7]

Zedler raised $86,772 for his campaign while Cox raised $24,576.[11]

Texas House of Representatives, District 96 (2002)
Candidates Votes
Darrel Cox (D) 14,589
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Zedler (R) 21,896

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Zedler is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Zedler raised a total of $2,337,852 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[12]

Bill Zedler's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 96 Won $160,552
2010 Texas State House, District 96 Won $760,273
2008 Texas State House, District 96 Defeated $1,025,081
2006 Texas State House, District 96 Won $130,446
2004 Texas State House, District 96 Won $128,095
2002 Texas State House, District 96 Won $86,772
2000 Texas State House, District 96 Defeated $46,633
Grand Total Raised $2,337,852

2012

Zedler won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Zedler raised a total of $160,552.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bill Zedler's campaign in 2012
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$10,000
Pardo, Brian D$7,500
Friends Of Bill Zedler$6,616
Sandefer, Jeff Davis$5,000
Texas Oil & Gas Association$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$160,552
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Zedler won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Zedler raised a total of $760,273.

2008

Zedler lost the election for the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Zedler raised a total of $1,025,081.

2006

Zedler won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Zedler raised a total of $130,446.

2004

Zedler won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Zedler raised a total of $128,095.

2002

Zedler won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Zedler raised a total of $86,772.

2000

Zedler lost the election for the Texas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Zedler raised a total of $46,633.

Scorecards

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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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.[13] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[14]

  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

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.[14]

  • 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.

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

Zedler received a score of 100 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Bill Zedler received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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

Personal

Zedler and his wife, Ellen, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Turner (D)
Texas House of Representatives District 96
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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