Cindy Burkett

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Cindy Burkett
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Texas House of Representatives, District 113
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2013
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Cindy Burkett is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 113. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Burkett has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she graduated in 2004. Currently, she serves on the Elections and Criminal Jurisprudence Committees.

Burkett is the co-owner of Highline Enterprises, a company that owns and operates several Subway sandwich shops. Prior to her time in the legislature, Burkett represented Senate District 2 on the State Republican Executive Committee. She also sat on the Mesquite Board of Adjustments and on the board of Keep Mesquite Beautiful. Burkett is an active member of Mimosa Lane Baptist Church.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Investments & Financial Services
Local & Consent Calendars
Transportation

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign Themes

2014

Burkett's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Create Jobs

  • Excerpt: "Cindy knows that small businesses create jobs, not government. Small businesses employ over half of all private sector workers and pay 44% of private sector payroll. They have also created 64% of the private sector jobs over the past 15 years. We must lower taxes so that small business people can retain employees they may have had to layoff or hire new folks."

Stop Higher Taxes

  • Excerpt: "Cindy Burkett knows that the more you raise taxes, the harder it is for people to make ends meet. And since the government can foreclose on people’s homes for failure to pay property taxes, increases create fear throughout our community. Fear of losing a job leads to fear of losing a home."

Illegal Immigration

  • Excerpt: "Illegal immigration is down across the country because of the economy, but up in Texas, costing taxpayers an estimated $3.7 billion per year! With 50% of immigrant families on some kind of welfare program, Texas breadwinners having a tough enough time providing for our own families, we simply can’t afford the costs associated with illegal immigration."

2nd Amendment

  • Excerpt: "Cindy is the proud bearer of a concealed handgun license. She believes strongly in the U.S. Constitution and the right to keep and bear arms."

Pro-Life

  • Excerpt: "Cindy believes that life is precious and will defend it with action, not just words. Cindy co-authored the successful bill requiring doctors to show women the standard, pre-abortion sonogram before they go forward with the procedure."

Campaign themes

2012

Burkett's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Less government: Yes

Excerpt:"Concerned that government is overstepping it’s bounds? If you are, you’re right. It is. Cindy knows first hand that government is getting bigger and more burdensome by the minute – making it harder for employers to keep people on the job. Higher taxes and more regulations imposed at all levels of government are crushing the economy."

Higher taxes: No

Excerpt:"You’d think that politicians would have learned this lesson already. Ronald Reagan and JFK both proved that cutting taxes stimulates the economy. Lower taxes means more money in your pocket, more money to hire people and more money to invest. Higher taxes stifle economic growth. That’s what we’re feeling right now in our economy. Cindy will vote to cut taxes – and cut them deeply."

Illegal immigration: No

Excerpt:"The percentage of babies born at Parkland (Dallas County’s taxpayer funded hospital) to illegal immigrants has increased over the past couple of years from an eye-popping 70% to a mind-numbing 74%. Illegal immigration is down across the country because of the economy, but up in Texas, costing taxpayers an estimated $3.7 billion per year! With 50% of immigrant families on some kind of welfare program and Texas breadwinners having a tough enough time providing for our own families, we simply can’t afford this anymore."

2nd Amendment: Yes

Excerpt:"Cindy is the proud bearer of a concealed handgun license. She believes strongly in the U.S. Constitution and the right to keep and bear arms."

Pro-Life: Yes

Excerpt:"Cindy believes that life is precious and will defend it."

2nd Amendment: Yes

Excerpt:"Cindy is the proud bearer of a concealed handgun license. She believes strongly in the U.S. Constitution and the right to keep and bear arms."

More welfare: No

Excerpt:"Frankly, if you ask Cindy, America is getting “way too European.” Our nation was built on hard work and individual freedom. If we are going to pull ourselves out of this recession, it will be by re-instilling our people with the spirit that grew our nation over the past century. The problem we are having with our national debt is the most obvious example of where we have lost our way. Now we are indebted to countries like China. We are their welfare case. Breaking free of this cycle is going to start right here at home with all of us taking more responsibility for our actions."

2nd Amendment: Yes

Excerpt:"Cindy is the proud bearer of a concealed handgun license. She believes strongly in the U.S. Constitution and the right to keep and bear arms."

Obamacare: No

Excerpt:"Talk about out-of-control government. The Obamacare bill threatens all of us. It was passed despite massive public opposition and represents our government going against the will of the people. Cindy will fight it, and she will vote to prevent Obamacare from affecting Texans."

Small business: Yes

Excerpt:"Small businesses employ over half of all private sector workers and pay 44% of private sector payroll. They have also created 64% of the private sector jobs over the past 15 years. It’s time to stop “saying nice things” about small business and start freeing them up to save our economy from this mess the politicians have gotten us into. First, we must block Obamacare, which will ruin many small businesses. Also, we must lower taxes so that small business people can retain employees they may have had to layoff or hire new folks. And finally, we need to stop allowing big businesses and their lobbyists to shut out competition from start-ups and entrepreneurs."

Cut taxes to create jobs: Yes

Excerpt:"Recently, Dallas County government voted to raise property taxes. Cindy Burkett knows that the more you raise taxes, the harder it is for people to make ends meet. And since the government can foreclose on people’s homes for failure to pay property taxes, increases create fear throughout our community. Fear of losing a job leads to fear of losing a home. Cindy Burkett will vote against any moves to increase taxes. Will vote against any state income tax. Look at the states with the highest tax rates. They’re the ones losing all the jobs."

Small business: Yes

Excerpt:"Small businesses employ over half of all private sector workers and pay 44% of private sector payroll. They have also created 64% of the private sector jobs over the past 15 years. It’s time to stop “saying nice things” about small business and start freeing them up to save our economy from this mess the politicians have gotten us into. First, we must block Obamacare, which will ruin many small businesses. Also, we must lower taxes so that small business people can retain employees they may have had to layoff or hire new folks. And finally, we need to stop allowing big businesses and their lobbyists to shut out competition from start-ups and entrepreneurs."

Political corruption: No

Excerpt:"Just about every day you read that some member of Congress has been caught taking money inappropriately from lobbyists. Cindy Burkett knows that, unfortunately, the bigger government gets, the more tax money of ours it takes, the more corrupt it will become. Bigger government equals more corrupt government. With all that money at stake, it’s just going to happen. So the solution is smaller government and lower taxes. As we move slowly in that direction, Cindy believes that we should prohibit elected officials and their relatives from becoming paid lobbyists. It’s just not right for someone to get elected and immediately start planning for their high paid lobby job once they leave office. We need our elected officials working for the people, not the lobbyists and their clients."

Property Rights

Excerpt:"Cindy is a conservative who believes strongly in private property rights. She opposes any forced seizure of private property for the Trans-Texas Corridor project."

Taking our country back from Obama and Pelosi: Yes

Excerpt:"Talk about the most destructive Administration in the history of the country. Obama and Pelosi have run the world’s greatest economy into the ground and overreached so dramatically, that average people like us have to stand up to them. America was not built on socialism. We were not taught to solve problems by borrowing a trillion dollars from China. But Obama and Pelosi seem bent on bankrupting our children’s future. If we don’t stand up and fight then we will be remembered as the generation that allowed America, the greatest country ever conceived, to fall."

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 Cindy Burkett was unopposed in the Republican primary. Milton Whitley was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Whitley will face Burkett in the general election.[2][3][4]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Burkett won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 113. Burkett was unopposed in the May 29 primary and defeated Angela Sarlay (G) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 113, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCindy Burkett Incumbent 80.9% 28,727
     Green Angela Sarlay 19.1% 6,763
Total Votes 35,490

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Burkett won election to Texas House of Representatives District 101. She defeated Greg Noschese and Thomas Latham in the March 2 Republican primary. She then defeated incumbent Republican candidate Robert Miklos in the November 2 general election.[5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 101
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Cindy Burkett (R) 13,266 51.81%
Robert Miklos (D) 12,338 48.18%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Burkett is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Burkett raised a total of $1,028,937 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[6]

Cindy Burkett's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 113 Won $168,917
2010 Texas State House, District 101 Won $860,020
Grand Total Raised $1,028,937

2012

Burkett won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Burkett raised a total of $168,917.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Cindy Burkett's campaign in 2012
Perry, Bob J$16,000
Waste Control Specialists LLC$6,000
Beal, D Andrew$5,000
Dallas County Republican Party$4,669
Friends Of Bob Deuell$4,000
Total Raised in 2012$168,917
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Burkett won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Burkett raised a total of $860,020.

Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Burkett’s endorsements included the following:

  • Texas Association of Business
  • Texas Restaurant Association
  • Dallas County Republican Assembly
  • Texans for Fiscal Responsibility/Empower Texans
  • Texas Home School Coalition
  • Texas Alliance for Life
  • Texas Right to Life
  • Concerned Women of America
  • David Barton with Wall Builders
  • Young Conservatives of Texas
  • Conservative Republicans of Texas
  • A-Rating by the NRA and TSRA

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.[7] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[8]

  • 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.

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.[8]

  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Legislators are scored based on consumer-related bills.

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

2013

Burkett received a score of 65.4 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Cindy Burkett received a grade of B+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Advocate. Burkett 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."[10]

Personal

Burkett and her husband, Mike, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Miklos (D)
Texas House of Representatives District 101
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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