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Craig Eiland

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Craig Eiland
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Texas House of Representatives, District 23
Incumbent
In office
1995 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolStanton High School
Bachelor'sBaylor University
J.D.Baylor School of Law
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Craig Eiland is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 23. He was first elected to the chamber in 1995. He served as Speaker Pro Tempore in 2009-2010 session.

Biography

Eiland graduated from Stanton High School and attended Baylor University for both his bachelor's and law degrees.

Eiland is an attorney, and has had his own private law practice since 1992.

He is involved with a number of organizations, including the Galveston Island Rotary Club, Dickinson Economic Development, Galveston Chamber of Commerce, Galveston County Bar Association, Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church in Galveston, National Conference of Insurance Legislators, and the State Bar of Texas.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Calendars
Insurance, Vice-chair
Ways & Means

2011-2012

Eiland served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

Proposed Legislation

2009

  • HB 223 - Relating to regulation of the secondary market in certain physician and health care provider discounts; providing administrative penalties.
  • HB 1288 - Relating to property owner, contractor, and subcontractor liability for certain damages.
  • HB 1811 - Relating to the standard of causation in claims involving mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos fibers.
  • HB 2752 - Relating to independent audits of insurer financial statements and insurer internal controls.[2]

Renewable energy

On January 23, 2013, Eiland filed House Bill 621. The bill would extend Texas Economic Development Act, scheduled to expire on December 31, 2014, until December 31, 2024. The Act, passed in 2007, created property tax credits to encourage renewable energy, manufacturing, and research and development. Jeffrey Clark, the executive director of the Wind Coalition, told the New York Times, "If [the tax credits are] not renewed, my companies will be investing in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska."[3] Bill Peacock of the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation criticized HB 621 as extending expensive and inefficient tax credits.[4] HB 621 was referred to the Ways & Means Committee on February 25.[5]

Texas Windstorm Insurance Association

In February 2011, Eiland admitted to receiving more than $620,000 in legal fees from a multi-million dollar Hurricane Ike settlement with the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA), the sole state insurer for wind and hail coverage for 14 coastal counties and part of Harris County.[6]

Eiland is also vice-chair for the Insurance Committee, Texas House of Representatives which is responsible for overseeing TWIA. He has said that the legal fees would not impact how he would vote on issue pertaining to TWIA.[7]

Elections

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Eiland won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 23. Eiland ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Wayne Faircloth (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 23, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCraig Eiland Incumbent 53.9% 30,423
     Republican Wayne Faircloth 46.1% 25,987
Total Votes 56,410

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Eiland won re-election to the 23rd District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the March 2nd primary. Eiland defeated Republican Gary Wilson in the general election on November 6, 2012.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 23
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Craig Eiland (D) 17,631 53.16%
Gary Wilson (R) 15,534 46.83%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Eiland won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 23rd District, defeating Charles Earley (L).[10]

Eiland raised $80,375 for his campaign while Earley raised $0.[11]

Texas House of Representatives, District 23 (2008)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Craig Eiland (D) 31,195
Charles Earley (L) 4,743

2006

On November 4, 2006, Eiland won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 23rd District, defeating Raymond Lloyd (L).[12]

Eiland raised $218,709 for his campaign while Lloyd raised $0.[13]

Texas House of Representatives, District 23 (2006)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Craig Eiland (D) 22,618
Raymond Lloyd (L) 4,743

2004

On November 4, 2008, Eiland won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 23rd District, unopposed.[14]

Eiland raised $105,190 for his campaign.[15]

Texas House of Representatives, District 23 (2004)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Craig Eiland (D) 34,728

2002

On November 4, 2002, Eiland won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 23rd District, unopposed.[16]

Eiland raised $373,037 for his campaign.[17]

Texas House of Representatives, District 23 (2002)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Craig Eiland (D) 23,267

2000

On November 4, 2000, Eiland won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 23rd District, defeating John Hart (R).[18]

Eiland raised $373,037 for his campaign while Hart raised $1,509.[19]

Texas House of Representatives, District 23 (2000)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Craig Eiland (D) 27,052
Raymond Lloyd (L) 18,473

1998

On November 4, 1998, Eiland won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 23rd District, defeating Dave Hart (R).[20]

Eiland raised $260,381 for his campaign while Hart raised $2,270.[21]

Texas House of Representatives, District 23 (1998)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Craig Eiland (D) 16,558
Dave Hart (R) 11,823

1996

On November 4, 1998, Eiland won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 23rd District, unopposed.[22]

Texas House of Representatives, District 23 (1996)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Craig Eiland (D) 25,503

1998

On November 4, 1994, Eiland won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 23rd District, defeating Jerry Purdon (R).[23]


Texas House of Representatives, District 23 (1994)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Craig Eiland (D) 16,804
Dave Hart (R) 15,215

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Eiland is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Eiland raised a total of $2,679,485 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 23, 2013.[24]

Craig Eiland's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 23 Won $1,042,908
2010 Texas State House, District 23 Won $465,197
2008 Texas State House, District 23 Won $80,375
2006 Texas State House, District 23 Won $218,709
2004 Texas State House, District 23 Won $105,190
2002 Texas State House, District 23 Won $133,688
2000 Texas State House, District 24 Won $373,037
1998 Texas State House, District 24 Won $260,381
Grand Total Raised $2,679,485

2012

Eiland won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Eiland raised a total of $1,042,908.

2010

Eiland won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Eiland raised a total of $465,197.

2008

Eiland won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Eiland raised a total of $80,375.

2006

Eiland won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Eiland raised a total of $218,709.

2004

Eiland won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Eiland raised a total of $105,190.

2002

Eiland won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Eiland raised a total of $133,688.

2000

Eiland won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Eiland raised a total of $373,037.

1998

Eiland won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Eiland raised a total of $260,381.

Scorecards

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

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

2013

Eiland received a score of 23.5 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Craig Eiland received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Eiland
  2. Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Eiland
  3. Kate Galbraith, New York Times, "Clean Energy Faces Hurdles in Legislature," February 14, 2013
  4. Bill Peacock, Texas Public Policy Foundation, "Thinking Economically: Texas' New Wind Record and Renewable Energy Subsidies," February 15, 2013
  5. Bill status for Texas HB 621, accessed February 26, 2013
  6. Texas Watchdog, "Rep. Craig Eiland, who sits on House insurance committee, said he received $620K in legal fees in case against state insurance agency TWIA," February 28,2011
  7. Texas Watchdog, "Rep. Craig Eiland, who sits on House insurance committee, said he received $620K in legal fees in case against state insurance agency TWIA," February 28,2011
  8. Texas Democratic Party - Democratic Primary Candidates
  9. Official Texas Election Results
  10. Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 24, 2014
  11. District 23 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
  12. Texas House official election results for 2006
  13. District 23 Texas House candidate funds, 2006
  14. Texas House official election results for 2004
  15. District 23 Texas House candidate funds, 2004
  16. Texas House official election results for 2002
  17. District 23 Texas House candidate funds, 2002
  18. Texas House official election results for 2000
  19. District 23 Texas House candidate funds, 2000
  20. Texas House official election results for 1998
  21. District 23 Texas House candidate funds, 1998
  22. Texas House official election results for 1996
  23. Texas House official election results for 1994
  24. Follow the Money, "Eiland, Craig," accessed July 23, 2013
  25. Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
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