Brandon Creighton

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Brandon Creighton
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Texas State Senate, District 4
Incumbent
In office
August 26, 2014 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 5, 2014
First electedAugust 5, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas House of Representatives, District 16
2007 - August 26, 2014
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas
J.D.Oklahoma City University School of Law
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Brandon Creighton is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber on August 5, 2014. He previously served in the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 16 from 2007 to 2014.

Biography

Creighton earned his B.A. in Government from the University of Texas and his J.D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law. His professional experience includes working as Vice President/General Counsel of The Signorelli Company, a local development company, Briefwriter for the Criminal Appellate Division of the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office and owning a private law practice. In 2001, he was appointed to serve as the vice chairman for the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District and held that post five years.

Creighton served as Chair of the Finance Committee for the Montgomery County Republican Party.[1] He volunteered for several Republican campaigns before entering the real estate business.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Insurance
International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs
Redistricting

2011-2012

Creighton served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

2009-2010

Issues

  • HB 987 - Relating to competitive procurement requirements for local governments.
  • HB 1307 - Relating to the availability of certain school district financial information on certain districts' Internet websites.
  • HB 1547 - Relating to the provision by an appraisal district of certain information on an Internet website operated by the district.
  • HB 4714 - Relating to the creation of the Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 495; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain.[2]

Campaign themes

2012

Creighton's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • "Protect communities from annexation without their consent
  • Protect our borders from illegal immigration
  • Balance the budget without tax increases
  • Make education reform and teachers a priority
  • Supports an unborn child's right to life
  • Eliminate lawsuit abuse
  • Create jobs and strengthen our economy
  • Protect our natural resources
  • Manage our area's growth and mobility"

Elections

2014

Special election

See also: Texas state legislative special elections, 2014

Gordy Bunch (R), Brandon Creighton (R), Michael Galloway (R) and Steve Toth (R) faced off in the special election, which took place on May 10.[3][4] Because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters - Creighton and Toth - advanced to a runoff election on August 5, which Creighton won.[5][6]

The seat was vacant following Tommy Williams's (R) retirement on October 26, 2013.

A special election for the position of Texas State Senate District 4 was called for May 10. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014.[7]

Texas State Senate, District 4, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrandon Creighton 67.4% 15,232
     Republican Steve Toth 32.6% 7,373
Total Votes 22,605

Commissioner of Agriculture

See also: Texas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Creighton was initially running for election as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. Two months after announcing his bid, however, he withdrew to run for the state senate instead.[8][9][10]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Creighton ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 16. Creighton ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election. He was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[11]

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Creighton won re-election unopposed to the 16th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the March 2nd primary, and he had no opponent in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[11]

Texas House of Representatives, District 16
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Brandon Creighton (R) 38,959 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Creighton won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 16th District. Creighton ran unopposed in the general election, and he received 49,263 votes.[11] He raised $174,496 for his campaign.[12]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Creighton is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Creighton raised a total of $1,261,855 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.[13]

Brandon Creighton's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 16 Won $572,231
2010 Texas State House, District 16 Won $227,497
2008 Texas State House, District 16 Won $174,496
2006 Texas State House, District 16 Won $236,311
2002 Texas State House, District 16 Defeated $51,320
Grand Total Raised $1,261,855

2012

Creighton won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Creighton raised a total of $572,231.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Brandon Creighton's campaign in 2012
Brandon Creighton Campaign$242,078
Ray, Jay Richard$20,000
Harper, Alan$12,000
Ray, Jay Richard$10,000
Ray, Richie$10,000
Total Raised in 2012$572,231
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Creighton won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Creighton raised a total of $227,497.

2008

Creighton won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Creighton raised a total of $174,496.

2006

Creighton won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Creighton raised a total of $236,311.

2002

Creighton lost the election for the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Creighton raised a total of $51,320.

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.[14] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[15]

  • 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.[15]

  • 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

Creighton received a score of 84.3 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of A+ that Creighton received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Brandon Creighton received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Creighton 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

Brandon is an eighth-generation Montgomery County resident, where he and his family currently live.

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Preceded by
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Texas House District 16
2007–present
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