Bruce Tough

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Bruce Tough
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Former candidate for
Texas House of Representatives, District 15
Bachelor'sUniversity of Houston
Master'sUniversity of Houston, 1980
Bruce Tough was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 15 of the Texas House of Representatives.[1]


Tough earned his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Houston. His professional experience includes working as an attorney, having founded the Tough Law Firm.[2][3]


Campaign themes


Tough's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

Public Safety

  • Excerpt: "[As] our region continues to grow, a virtual certainty with the opening of the Exxon Mobil Business Park, we will face continuing and new law enforcement challenges. While this is largely a local responsibility, it is vital that we have a solid link to Austin to help ensure that maximum state resources will be available to assist local law enforcement authorities. As your State Representative public safety will always be a top priority."

Transportation and Mobility

  • Excerpt: "As our region continues to grow and prosper, and more and more visitors from literally around the world enjoy our community; transportation, mobility, and parking issues will become increasingly critical. Communities in our region are applying increasing resources to analyze the situation and craft a series of what should be “pay as you go” solutions. Funding is the real issue and these proposed solutions will require the reversal of the diversion of revenue intended for the State Highway Fund and increased allocation of the current vehicle sales tax dollars to transportation. But without a solid link to the various transportation authorities in Austin our ability to apply maximum state resources to our District will be severly (sic) limited."


  • Excerpt: "The Legislature must now turn its focus on making certain the Texas Water Board selects the right projects in which to invest; projects that will reflect a priority on innovative water strategies. I will do whatever I can as your State Representative to provide representation of our water needs to the State Legislature and the Texas Water Board."


  • Excerpt: "I believe there should be more competition and parent choices in the education market place. Testing should be an effective tool to measure overall success but it should not be an end unto itself as has occurred in some districts. I also believe in a mix of education alternatives to accommodate the variety of student capabilities and post high school career alternatives. As a past elected member of the Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees I believe that I have significant in-depth experience in this area that will greatly aid my ability to represent our District in Austin on all education initiatives."

Economic Development

  • Excerpt: "[As] we face increasing competition from other greater Houston area communities, it is critical that we continue and expand our economic development efforts on a consistent basis. We also need to be sensitive to the impact of development on our way of life and to minimize any negative effects whenever possible."

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Excerpt: "I have always been committed to controlled spending, limited government, complete transparency, and that taxes should be kept as low as possible while still providing the high level of services our residents and businesses expect."

Quality of Life

  • Excerpt: "[The region's] high quality of life environment has been achieved over the years through the hard work of proven dedicated community leaders including our local state officials. As your State Representative I will be committed to helping maintain and enriching the high quality of life choices, both rural and urban, that we enjoy in our community."

Illegal Immigration

  • Excerpt: "If elected, I will continue to press the federal government to address the inadequacies of our current immigration policies and stop the flow of illegal immigrants coming into Texas. I oppose any “benefits” being paid to any illegal immigrant. The most effective way to halt illegal immigration will be to eliminate the “magnets” that attract such people to come here- free benefits, free education, free healthcare."

Right to Life

  • "I am a pro-life conservative and as an officer of the court will defend our state laws protecting the lives of the unborn."


  • Excerpt: "[The process of The Woodlands Township deciding to incorporate] will clearly involve the State of Texas at various times and in a variety of ways. It is imperative that as this process moves forward the District 15 Representative have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of The Woodlands Township. Having roughly fifteen years of senior leadership service in The Woodlands, and as current Chairman of The Township Board of Directors, I submit that I am uniquely qualified to provide this vital linkage to Austin."


  • Excerpt: "As a fiscal conservative, I would oppose expanding the Medicaid system in its current form, because doing so will quickly bankrupt the state. Texas is unlike any other state, and we should not accept the federal "one size fits all" approach mandated under Obamacare."

Gun Control

  • Excerpt: "I would strongly oppose legislation that would curb Texans' constitutionally articulated right to own firearms, be it for recreational purposes or to defend their homes and families."



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 John Raney was unopposed in the Republican primary. Andrew Metscher was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Raney defeated Metscher and Bruce Pugh (L) in the general election.[1][5][6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 14 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Raney Incumbent 68.1% 15,193
     Democratic Andrew Metscher 28.5% 6,358
     Libertarian Bruce Pugh 3.4% 765
Total Votes 22,316


Tough and his wife, Diana, have four children. Tough has served as president of the Woodlands Fire Department, trustee on the Conroe Independent School District board, member and chairman of the Woodlands Township Board of Directors, director and chairman of the South Montgomery/The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce, and chairman of the Boy Scouts in the George Strake and Tall Timbers districts.[3][2][7]

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