Craig Goldman

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Craig Goldman
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Texas House of Representatives, District 97
In office
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
Office website
Campaign website
Craig Goldman is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives representing District 97. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Land & Resource Management
Special Purpose Districts


Campaign themes


Goldman's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Pro-Business, Pro-Jobs

  • Excerpt: "As a small businessman Craig knows the best way to encourage more growth in any economy is to keep taxes low and implement pro-growth policies to create a climate for individuals to prosper and thrive. Texas is a leader in promoting small business, contributing 1 out of every 4 new jobs nationwide."

Education Reform

  • Excerpt: "We should encourage more education options that promote innovation, safe schools and give parents choices, including charter schools. Taxpayers fund $50 billion to public education every two years. There should be more transparency so we know how our taxpayer money is being spent."

Wasteful Government Spending

  • Excerpt: "We must remove regulations and unnecessary programs that are costing Texans billions of dollars. Eliminating this wasteful spending will encourage economic growth."


  • Excerpt: "Craig knows that we can no longer wait for President Obama to secure our border and do his job. Texas must take the lead by supplying our border sheriffs and DPS with more boots on the ground and more surveillance technology to stop the flow of illegal immigrants from crossing our border."



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 Craig Goldman is unopposed in the Republican primary. Goldman will face Rod Wingo (L) in the general election.[1][2][3]


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Goldman won election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 97. Goldman defeated Susan Todd and Chris Hatch in the May 29 primary election and won election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 97, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCraig Goldman 59.4% 38,139
     Democratic Gary Grassia 37.6% 24,159
     Libertarian Rod Wingo 2.9% 1,873
Total Votes 64,171
Texas House of Representatives District 97 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCraig Goldman 54.7% 6,333
Susan Todd 35.8% 4,143
Chris Hatch 9.5% 1,105
Total Votes 11,581

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Goldman is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Goldman raised a total of $284,231 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[5]

Craig Goldman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 97 Won $284,231
Grand Total Raised $284,231


Goldman won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Goldman raised a total of $284,231.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Craig Goldman's campaign in 2012
Sandefer, Jeff Davis$6,000
Shapiro, Florence D$5,000
Goldman, Ronald$5,000
Wendt, Lisa$5,000
Gramm, Hon & S Phil$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$284,231
Source:Follow the Money


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

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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

  • 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.

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


Goldman received a score of 93.5 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


Goldman has a wife, Auryn.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Shelton (R)
Texas House District 97
Succeeded by