David Dewhurst

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David Dewhurst
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Lieutenant Governor of Texas
Incumbent
In office
January 21, 2003 - Present
Term ends
2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBill Ratliff (R)
Compensation
Base salary$7,200
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Campaign $$65,694,639
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Texas Land Commissioner
January 17, 1999 – January 21, 2003
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arizona
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force
Personal
BirthdayAugust 18, 1945
Place of birthHouston, TX
ProfessionRancher
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
David Dewhurst (born August 18, 1945, in Houston, Texas) is the current Lieutenant Governor of Texas. A Republican, he has served in the position since 2003. In that capacity he also serves as President of the Texas State Senate. Dewhurst previously served as Texas Land Commissioner, which is considered a stepping-stone for higher office. He was the first Republican elected to the position since Reconstruction.[1]

Unlike most states, the office of lieutenant governor in Texas is very powerful and is considered by many to be more powerful than the governor's office.[2]

Dewhurst often stresses his strong conservative views. As Land Commissioner, Dewhurst reduced the size of the agency by over 15 percent, and as Lt. Governor he has pushed for what his campaign website calls "some of the most fiscally and socially conservative laws in the nation," including the largest tax cut in state history.[3]

Dewhurst unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in 2012. A month after losing the primary runoff to Ted Cruz, Dewhurst stated that he planned to run for a fourth term as lieutenant governor in 2014.[4] Dewhurst failed to secure the Republican nomination for re-election as lieutenant governor, losing in a runoff to Dan Patrick.

Biography

Dewhurst earned his bachelor's degree and played basketball at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

He was previously an officer in the U.S. Air Force, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the U.S. State Department. In 1981, Dewhurst founded Falcon Seaboard, a Texas-based diversified energy and investments company. He breeds registered Black Angus cattle, is an active team roper, and rides cutting horses in American Quarter Horse Association and National Quarter Horse Association competitions.[5]

Education

  • University of Arizona, B.A.

Political career

Lieutenant Governor (2003-Present)

Dewhurst was elected Lieutenant Governor in November 2002, when he defeated former Democratic Comptroller John Sharp of Victoria. He succeeded Bill Ratliff. (Ratliff did not contest the lieutenant governor's position in the primary, opting instead for re-election to his state senate seat.) Dewhurst polled 2,341,875 votes (51.77 percent) to Sharp's 2,082,281 (46.03 percent). (Two minor candidates polled the remaining 2.19 percent.) In that campaign, Dewhurst stressed his interest in public education and opposition to school vouchers.

Dewhurst was easily renominated for Lieutenant Governor of Texas in the Republican primary held on March 7, 2006. He defeated Tom Kelly, the same unknown candidate whom he bested for the nomination in 2002. Dewhurst then overwhelmed Democrat Maria Luisa Alvarado, a veterans issues research analyst and the winner of her April 11 runoff primary, in the November 7 general election. He received 2,512,197 votes (58.2 percent) to Alvarado's 1,616,945 (37.4 percent). Libertarian Judy A. Baker polled another 188,956 votes (4.4 percent).

In 2014, however, Dewhurst did not secure re-nomination for a fourth term as Texas Lieutenant Governor, losing in a runoff to Dan Patrick.

Texas Children First initiative

Dewhurst is known for his "Texas Children First" initiative which is part of cracking down on child sexual predators in Texas and throughout the United States. The initiative includes extending the statute of limitations on child sex crimes and leading the passage of Jessica's Law to help keep Texas children safe. Dewhurst is also attempting to pass legislation that would allow for the death penalty to be imposed on 2nd time violent child predators. This bill has received some controversy as it has been recognized that the death penalty for anything other than murder is unconstitutional. Nobody has been executed in the US for a crime other than murder since 1964.[6]

Weapons training for teachers

On January 11, 2013, Dewhurst called for state-funded firearms training for teachers and administrators. Per his proposal, school districts would nominate who would carry weapons on campus and training would be more extensive than what is required for a concealed handgun license.[7]

2003 Redistricting

In 2003, Dewhurst assisted the Republican leadership, including then U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick, and Governor Rick Perry, in passing a sweeping congressional redistricting bill that increased the number of Republican U.S. House seats in Texas from 15 to 21 in the 2004 elections. Minority Democrats were left with 11 seats. In his capacity as the presiding officer of the Texas Senate, Dewhurst, in the third consecutive special session called by the governor, allowed the suspension of the custom that 2/3 of the body must vote to consider a bill.[8]

Dewhurst's leadership on redistricting brought him into legal conflict with his former land commissioner opponent, Richard Raymond. Raymond was the only elected official to be a plaintiff in the 2006 U.S. Supreme Court review of the constitutionality of the DeLay-Perry-Craddick-Dewhurst redistricting plan. Dewhurst and Raymond have also sparred over education policy.

Texas Land Commissioner (1998-2003)

Dewhurst was elected Texas Land Commissioner in 1998. A self-described "George Bush Republican," he defeated Democratic State Representative Richard Raymond of Benavides for the position. Dewhurst accused Raymond of being a "career politician." Dewhurst received 2,072,604 votes (57.42 percent) to Raymond's 1,438,378 ballots (39.85 percent). A Libertarian polled the remaining 2.72 percent.[9]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Dewhurst ran for re-election in 2014.[10] In the primary on March 4, Dewhurst came second and faced a runoff with Dan Patrick on May 27, in which he also came second, losing the Republican nomination to Texas State Senator Dan Patrick.

  • Primary
Texas Lieutenant Gubernatorial Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Dewhurst Incumbent 28.3% 376,164
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Patrick 41.5% 550,742
Jerry Patterson 12.5% 165,777
Todd Staples 17.8% 235,972
Total Votes 1,328,655
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.
  • Runoff
Texas Lieutenant Gubernatorial Republican Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
David Dewhurst Incumbent 34.9% 261,383
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Patrick 65.1% 487,065
Total Votes 748,448
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.

Race background

In a busy election year for Texas which saw Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, step down after fourteen years, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst was the only incumbent running for re-election while a number of other Republicans vied for his office, including two incumbents in other statewide executive offices.

Dewhurst was previously considered to be a rising star in the Republican party since the Texas governorship has recently been a platform for Republican presidential candidates. In his 2012 Senate run, however, he lost the Republican primary to Tea Party-affiliated candidate Ted Cruz. After that defeat, Dewhurst was seen as weakened and less conservative than the Republican base in Texas. His high-profile legislative battle with State Senator and Governor candidate Wendy Davis over abortion restrictions failed to reinforce his conservative credentials.

In the primary, Dewhurst came second to State Senator Dan Patrick. After the primary on March 4, Republican lobbyists pressured the three second-place candidates involved in run-offs to drop out of their respective races and decide the Republican nominations early. Incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas Representative Dan Branch, second-place finishers for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General respectively, refused to do so and said that they would continue campaigning. The second-place Republican running for Comptroller, however, dropped out, reducing the number of Republican run-offs to two.[11]

In the runoff on May 27, Patrick defeated Dewhurst again, securing the Republican nomination. This result means that Texas will have no incumbent state executive officials remaining in office after the 2014 elections.

Endorsements

  • Texas Right to Life PAC[12]
  • Texas Fraternal Order of Police
  • Texas Municipal Police Association
  • Department of Public Safety Officers Association Political Action Committee
  • Texas State Association of Fire Fighters
  • Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas
  • Texas Farm Bureau’s political committee[13]

Impeachment of Obama

During an event for the Northeast Tarrant Tea Party on October 14, 2013, Dewhurst called for the impeachment of President Barack Obama. Dewhurst stated the 2014 race “is about protecting you and your freedoms, which are given to you by God, but which are being trampled on by Barack Obama right now. I don’t know about you, but Barack Obama ought to be impeached. Not only for trampling on our liberties, but what he did in Benghazi is just a crime.”[14]

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Texas, 2012

Dewhurst announced on July 19, 2011, that he would be running for the US Senate in 2012, aiming to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Kay Bailey Hutchison. He said his campaign would be "straightforward, unapologetically conservative and as serious as the problems we face."[15]

Dewhurst and Ted Cruz defeated Joe Agris, Curt Cleaver, Glenn Addison, Ben Gambini, Craig James, Tom Leppert, and Lela Pittenger in the Republican primary on May 29, 2012. Dewhurst was then defeated in the July 31st primary runoff election by Cruz.[16][17]

Primary
Cruz won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in the primary runoff election on July 31, 2012.[18]
U.S. Senate Runoff Election, Texas Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTed Cruz 56.8% 631,812
David Dewhurst 43.2% 480,126
Total Votes 1,111,938

2010

See also: Texas lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Dewhurst defeated Linda Chavez-Thompson (D), Herb Gonzales, Jr. (G) and Scott Jameson (L) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[19]

Lieutenant Governor of Texas, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Dewhurst Incumbent 61.8% 3,049,109
     Democratic Linda Chavez-Thompson 34.8% 1,719,202
     Libertarian Scott Jameson 2.5% 122,142
     Green Herb Gonzales, Jr. 0.9% 44,903
Total Votes 4,935,356
Election Results Via: Texas Secretary of State

2006

Dewhurst was easily renominated for Lieutenant Governor of Texas in the Republican primary held on March 7, 2006. He defeated Tom Kelly, the same unknown candidate whom he bested for the nomination in 2002. Dewhurst then overwhelmed Democrat Maria Luisa Alvarado, a veterans issues research analyst and the winner of her April 11 runoff primary, in the November 7 general election. He received 2,512,197 votes (58.2 percent) to Alvarado's 1,616,945 (37.4 percent). Libertarian Judy A. Baker polled another 188,956 votes (4.4 percent).

Lieutenant Governor of Texas, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Dewhurst Incumbent 58.2% 2,513,530
     Democratic Maria Luisa Alvarado 37.4% 1,617,490
     Libertarian Judy Baker 4.4% 188,206
Total Votes 4,319,226
Election Results Via: Texas Secretary of State

2002

Dewhurst was elected Lieutenant Governor in November 2002, when he defeated former Democratic Comptroller John Sharp of Victoria. He succeeded Bill Ratliff. (Ratliff did not contest the lieutenant governor's position in the primary, opting instead for re-election to his state senate seat.) Dewhurst polled 2,341,875 votes (51.77 percent) to Sharp's 2,082,281 (46.03 percent). (Two minor candidates polled the remaining 2.19 percent.) In that campaign, Dewhurst stressed his interest in public education and opposition to school vouchers.

Lieutenant Governor of Texas, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Dewhurst 51.8% 2,341,875
     Democratic John Sharp 46% 2,082,281
     Libertarian Mark David Gessner 1.2% 54,885
     Green Nathalie Paravicini 1% 44,386
Total Votes 4,523,427
Election Results Via: Texas Secretary of State

1998

Dewhurst was elected Texas Land Commissioner in 1998. A self-described "George Bush Republican," he defeated Democratic State Representative Richard Raymond of Benavides for the position. Dewhurst accused Raymond of being a "career politician." Dewhurst received 2,072,604 votes (57.42 percent) to Raymond's 1,438,378 ballots (39.85 percent). A Libertarian polled the remaining 2.72 percent.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dewhurst is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Dewhurst raised a total of $65,694,639 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 9, 2013.[20]

David Dewhurst's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 TX Lieutenant Governor Not up for election $3,347,683
2010 TX Lieutenant Governor Won $9,240,480
2008 TX Lieutenant Governor Not up for election $4,634,620
2006 TX Lieutenant Governor Won $10,204,273
2004 TX Lieutenant Governor Not up for election $4,136,939
2002 TX Lieutenant Governor Won $29,335,793
1998 TX Commissioner of Public Lands Won $4,794,851
Grand Total Raised $65,694,639

1998-2010

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of David Dewhurst's donors each year.[21] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Dewhurst lives in Houston with his wife, Tricia, and their young daughter Carolyn.[1]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Texas, " About David," accessed June 10, 2013
  2. Texas Observer, " Who Runs Texas?" July 30, 2010
  3. David Dewhurst, " Meet David," accessed June 10, 2013
  4. Texas Tribune, "Dewhurst Plans to Run for Re-election," August 28, 2012
  5. Project Vote Smart, "Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst's Biography," accessed October 30, 2013
  6. [1]
  7. KSLA, "Texas Lt. Gov.: Fund weapons training for teachers," January 11, 2013
  8. FairVote, "Texas 2003 Redistricting," accessed October 10, 2013
  9. The Texas Tribune, "A Conversation with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst," October 30, 2013
  10. The Texas Tribune, "Dewhurst plans to run for re-election," August 28, 2012
  11. Texas Tribune, "Lobbyist: Efforts Afoot to Get Candidates to Drop Out," March 10, 2014
  12. Texas Right to Life, "Texas Right to Life begins 2014 endorsement process," November 4, 2013
  13. Statesman, "David Dewhurst picks up police groups’ endorsement," December 11, 2013
  14. National Post, "‘Obama ought to be impeached’ over health care law: Lieutenant Governor of Texas," October 16, 2013
  15. Austin American-Statesman, "Dewhurst announces Senate bid," July 19, 2011
  16. Texas GOP - candidate list
  17. Associated Press Election results
  18. Texas Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report-2012 Republican Party Primary Runoff," accessed August 30, 2012
  19. Texas Gubernatorial Election Results
  20. Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for David Dewhurst," accessed May 9, 2013
  21. Follow the Money.org
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Ratliff (R)
Lieutenant Governor of Texas
2003 - present
Succeeded by
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