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Charles Schwertner

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Charles Schwertner
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Texas State Senate District 5
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas State House, District 20
Office website
Campaign website
Charles Schwertner is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Schwertner served in the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 20 from 2011 to 2013.

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Rural Affairs & Homeland Security
Government Organization, Vice-chair
Health & Human Services


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Charles Schwertner served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


Campaign themes


Schwertner's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Standing up for Conservative Values

  • "Strongly support reduced government spending"
  • "Support Balanced State and Federal budgets"
  • "Support State’s Rights"

Cracking Down on Illegal Immigration

  • "Oppose amnesty for illegal aliens "
  • "Support increased funding for DPS border security"
  • "Support legislation that requires all city/county jail inmates have Homeland Security/Immigration background checks"

Local Jobs & Agriculture

  • "Work to foster economic development by maintaining a healthy business environment that includes keeping taxes low"
  • "Oppose abusive and frivolous lawsuits"
  • "Protect tax exemptions for small business "

Protecting our Local Land & Water

  • "Support regional water planning and proper regulation and conservation of Texas’ water resources"
  • "Oppose the construction of a reservoir on the Little River to be used to supply water to far away urban areas "



See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 15 of the 31 seats in the Texas State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Charles Schwertner was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Joel Shapiro was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Shapiro, Schwertner and Matthew Whittington (L) will face off in the general election.[1][2][3]


See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Schwertner ran in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 5. Schwertner defeated Ben Bius in the May 29 primary election and defeated Jeffrey Fox (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Texas State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Schwertner 77.1% 182,554
     Libertarian Jeffrey Fox 22.9% 54,107
Total Votes 236,661
Texas State Senate District 5 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Schwertner 74.5% 44,033
Ben Bius 25.5% 15,050
Total Votes 59,083


See also Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Schwertner won election to the District 20 seat, defeating Kate Wedeikes (I) and David Floyd (L).[4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 20
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Charles Schwertner (R) 44,901 89.56%
David Floyd (L) 9,490 17.44%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Schwertner is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Schwertner raised a total of $1,343,810 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 21, 2013.[5]

Charles Schwertner's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State Senate, District 5 Won $963,960
2010 Texas State House, District 20 Won $379,850
Grand Total Raised $1,343,810


Schwertner won election to the Texas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Schwertner raised a total of $963,960.
Texas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Charles Schwertner's campaign in 2012
Texas Medical Association$67,160
Perry, Bob J$65,000
Schwertner, Charles J$30,050
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$27,520
Texas Society Of Anesthesiologists$25,000
Total Raised in 2012$963,960
Source:Follow the Money


Schwertner won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Schwertner raised a total of $379,850.


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."[6] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.


Schwertner received a score of 63 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of B that Schwertner received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


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

  • 2011 Taxpayer Advocate. Schwertner 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."[7]


Schwertner and his wife, Belinda, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Gattis (R)
Texas House of Representatives District 20
Succeeded by
Marsha Farney (R)
Preceded by
Steve Ogden (R)
Texas House of Representatives District 4
Succeeded by