Celia Israel

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Celia Israel
Celia Israel.jpg
Texas House of Representatives, District 50
In office
February 12, 2014 - Present
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 1
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedJanuary 28, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Celia Israel is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 50. She was first elected to the chamber in a special election on January 28, 2014.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Israel served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2015


Campaign themes


Israel's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Supporting Higher Education

  • Excerpt: " Celia has been a vocal critic of political appointees who abuse their position to intimidate academics and universities.It’s time to stop the right wing campaign that is trying to undermine the value of a college education."

Expanding Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "Celia has called out Governor Perry for his efforts to block the Affordable Care Act, robbing Texas of billions of federal dollars we need to expand our health care infrastructure and ensure no family has to go without insurance."

Ending Discriminatory Practices

  • Excerpt: "A long time Democratic activist, Celia is a staunch defender of women’s health, opposes Greg Abbott’s voter ID bill and all efforts to suppress the vote, and has been a leader in advancing the issue of equality in Texas."

Expanding our Thinking on Environment and Energy

  • Excerpt: "Celia is a vocal advocate for expanded public transportation options as a critical part in solving our transportation challenges. She also believes the time is now to redouble our efforts in making renewable energies cost efficient."

Public Education

  • Excerpt: "Celia understands that to compete in a global economy we need to invest in our children’s education today. That means we need to fully restore the cuts, keep up with growth, and give our children the education they need to compete."


General election

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. Celia Israel was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Mike VanDeWalle was unopposed in the Republican primary. David Dreesen was running as a Libertarian candidate. Israel defeated VanDeWalle and Dreesen in the general election.[2][3][4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 50 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCelia Israel Incumbent 58.7% 22,690
     Republican Mike VanDeWalle 37.1% 14,359
     Libertarian David Dreesen 4.2% 1,620
Total Votes 38,669

Special election

See also: Texas state legislative special elections, 2014

Celia Israel (D) and Mike VanDeWalle (R) advanced past Rico Reyes (D) and Jade Chang Sheppard (D) in the special election.[5][6] Israel defeated VanDeWalle in the runoff election.[7][8]

The seat was vacant following Mark Strama's (D) resignation to lead Google's fiber optics operation in Austin, Texas.[9]

A special election for the position of Texas House of Representatives District 50 was called for November 5, 2013, with a runoff if necessary on January 28, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was September 4, 2013.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 50, Runoff Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCelia Israel 59.6% 6,275
     Republican Mike VanDeWalle 40.4% 4,245
Total Votes 10,520
Texas House of Representatives, District 50, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike VanDeWalle 39.2% 5,853
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCelia Israel 31.8% 4,755
Total Votes 14,936


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.[10] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[11]

  • 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.
  • Young Conservatives of Texas: Legislative Ratings for the 83rd Legislature
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Concerned Women for America of Texas: Legislative Scorecard for the 83rd session.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Strama (D)
Texas House District 50
February 12, 2014-Present
Succeeded by