Charles Anderson

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Charles Anderson
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Texas House of Representatives, District 56
Incumbent
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
M.D.Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine
Personal
ProfessionVeterinarian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Charles "Doc" Anderson is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 56. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Biography

Anderson earned his degree at the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine. Anderson has worked as a Veterinarian with Anderson Veterinary Hospital since 1981, and is a rancher.

Anderson began his involvement in the political process as an advocate for small business. He served on committees for the Texas Association of Business and the National Federation of Independent Businesses and was appointed to the Texas Small Business Advisory Council by Governor Rick Perry (R). In 1998 and 2000 he represented Texas as a delegate to the Congressional Small Business Summit in Washington, DC.

He is a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Energy, and the Environment with the National Conference of State Legislatures, Committee Member of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Committee Member of the Texas Association of Business, and member of the Texas Small Business Advisory Council.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Livestock, Vice-chair
Investments & Financial Services
Local & Consent Calendars

2011-2012

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

Issues

  • HB 126 - Relating to the addition of Salvia divinorum and its derivatives and extracts to Penalty Group 3 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act.
  • HB 373 - Relating to requiring a voter to present proof of identification.
  • HB 2765 - Relating to the authority of a veterinarian to fill certain prescriptions in an emergency.
  • HB 3606 - Relating to election through secret ballot of a labor union as the exclusive bargaining representative.[2]

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 Charles Anderson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Anderson will face Clifford Deuvall (L) in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Anderson won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 56. Anderson defeated Chris Decluitt and Raymond Hixson in the May 29 primary election and defeated Neill Snider (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 56, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Anderson Incumbent 79.5% 38,528
     Libertarian Neill Snider 20.5% 9,954
Total Votes 48,482
Texas House of Representatives District 56 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Anderson Incumbent 52.4% 9,353
Chris Decluitt 37.9% 6,768
Raymond Hixson 9.8% 1,743
Total Votes 17,864

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Anderson won re-election in District 56. He faced no opposition in the March 2 Republican primary and defeated Democrat John Mabry and Libertarian Neill Snider in the November 2 general election. [6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 56
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Charles Anderson (R) 25,554 58.47%
John Mabry (D) 15,554 37.88%
Neill Snider (L) 1,591 3.64%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Anderson won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 56th District, defeating David Meine (L). Anderson received 44,067 votes in the election while Meine received 6,946 votes.[6] Anderson raised $356,491 for his campaign.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 56
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Charles Anderson (R) 44,067 86.38%
David Meine (L) 6,946 13.61%

2006

On November 4, 2006, Anderson won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 56th District, defeating Tom Kilbride (L).[6]

Anderson raised $55,829 for his campaign while Kilbride raised $0.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 56 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Charles Anderson (R) 27,961
Tom Kilbride (L) 7,556

2004

On November 4, 2004, Anderson won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 56th District, defeating John Mabry (D).[6]

Anderson raised $625,563 for his campaign while Mabry raised $484,506.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 56 (2004)
Candidates Votes
John Mabry 27,288
Green check mark transparent.png Charles Anderson (R) 31,042
Donald Keith (L) 873

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Anderson is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Anderson raised a total of $1,942,026 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[10]

Charles Anderson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 56 Won $207,786
2010 Texas State House, District 56 Won $647,313
2008 Texas State House, District 56 Won $356,491
2006 Texas State House, District 56 Won $55,581
2004 Texas State House, District 56 Won $625,563
2002 Texas State House, District 56 Defeated $49,292
Grand Total Raised $1,942,026

2012

Anderson won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Anderson raised a total of $207,786.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Charles Anderson's campaign in 2012
Texas House Leadership Fund$24,500
TVMA PAC$10,000
Rees-Jones, Jan$10,000
Texas Credit Union League$10,000
Texas Consumer Lenders PAC$6,000
Total Raised in 2012$207,786
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Anderson won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Anderson raised a total of $647,313.

2008

Anderson won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Anderson raised a total of $356,491.

2006

Anderson won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Anderson raised a total of $55,581.

2004

Anderson won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Anderson raised a total of $625,563.

2002

Anderson lost the election for the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Anderson raised a total of $49,292.

Scorecards

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

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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.[11] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[12]

  • 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.[12]

  • 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

Anderson received a score of 58.9 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of B+ that Anderson received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Charles Anderson received a grade of B+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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

Personal

Anderson and his wife, Sandie, have one son and one grandson.

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