Debbie Riddle

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Debbie Riddle
Debbie Riddle.jpg
Texas House of Representatives, District 150
Incumbent
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 12
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedApril 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Associate'sSouthwestern University
Personal
ProfessionHorse breeder
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Debbie Riddle is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 150. She was first elected to the chamber in a special election in April 2002.

Biography

Riddle has an A.A. from Southwestern University. She is a horse breeder.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Corrections
Transportation

2011-2012

Riddle served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 47 - Relating to the procedures for registering to vote and accepting a voter at a polling place.
  • HB 49 - Relating to the creation of the offense of criminal trespass by illegal aliens and to certain procedures for arresting illegal aliens suspected of committing criminal offenses.
  • HB 3244 - Relating to the establishment of a centralized sex offender registration authority in certain counties in this state.
  • HB 3679 - Relating to the registration of certain voters at a polling place and related procedures.[2]

Campaign themes

2014

Riddle's website highlights the following campaign themes:[3]

Illegal Immigration

  • Excerpt: "We must stop all public benefits to illegal immigrants, punish employers who hire them, and allow our local law enforcement officials to expedite the process of arresting and deporting them to their country of origin."

Appraisal Caps

  • Excerpt: "We must continue to fight to allow counties to set an appraisal cap as low as three percent to protect families from losing the American Dream."

Margins Tax

  • Excerpt: "We must repeal the tax immediately, return to a broad-based franchise tax, and replace the difference in state income by eliminating wasteful government spending."

Voter Id and Proof of Citizenship

  • Excerpt: "The sovereign right to vote that you and I are guaranteed as citizens of this nation is our most precious freedom, second only to our freedom of religion. This right must be protected through the use of photo identification at the voting place and a requirement that each voter prove upon registration that they are a citizen of the United States."

Government Spending

  • Excerpt: "We must limit the rate of state spending to meet this standard, and implement the same kind of fiscal responsibility at the state level that you and I must implement in our own household budgets."

2012

Riddle's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Illegal Immigration

  • Excerpt: "We must stop all public benefits to illegal immigrants, punish employers who hire them, and allow our local law enforcement officials to expedite the process of arresting and deporting them to their country of origin."

Appraisal Caps

  • Excerpt: "We must continue to fight to allow counties to set an appraisal cap as low as three percent to protect families from losing the American Dream."

Margins Tax

  • Excerpt: "We must repeal the tax immediately, return to a broad-based franchise tax, and replace the difference in state income by eliminating wasteful government spending."

Voter Id and Proof of Citizenship

  • Excerpt: "The sovereign right to vote that you and I are guaranteed as citizens of this nation is our most precious freedom, second only to our freedom of religion. This right must be protected through the use of photo identification at the voting place and a requirement that each voter prove upon registration that they are a citizen of the United States."

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 Debbie Riddle defeated Tony Noun in the Republican primary. Amy Perez was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Perez will face Riddle in the general election.[4][5][6]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Riddle won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 150. Riddle defeated James Wilson in the May 29 primary election and defeated Brad Neal (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 150, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDebbie Riddle Incumbent 69.7% 44,454
     Democratic Brad Neal 30.3% 19,343
Total Votes 63,797
Texas House of Representatives District 150 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDebbie Riddle 80.9% 9,010
James Wilson 19.1% 2,133
Total Votes 11,143

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Riddle won re-election in District 150. She was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and defeated Democrat Brad Neal and Libertarian Eric Holdt in the November 2 general election.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 150
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Debbie Riddle (R) 34,607 71.29%
Brad Neal (D) 13,027 26.83%
Eric Holdt (L) 904 1.86%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Riddle won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 150th District, defeating Democrat Brad Neal and Libertarian Ken Petty. She received 43,972 votes in the election, ahead of Neal (22,916) and Petty (1,449).[7] Riddle raised $113,610 for her campaign; Neal raised $8,750.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 150
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Debbie Riddle (R) 43,972 64.34%
Brad Neal (D) 22,916 33.53%
Ken Petty (L) 1,449 2.12%

2006

On November 4, 2006 Riddle won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 150th District, defeating Dot Nelson-Turnier (D).[7]

Riddle raised $144,808 for her campaign while Nelson-Turnier raised $8,078.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 150 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Debbie Riddle (R) 22,585
Dot Nelson-Turnier (D) 15,707

2004

On November 4, 2004 Riddle won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 150th District after running unopposed.[7]

Riddle raised $65,067 for her campaign.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 150 (2004)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Debbie Riddle (R) 44,425

2002

On November 4, 2002 Riddle won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 150th District after running unopposed.[7]

Riddle raised $213,441 for her campaign.[11]

Texas House of Representatives, District 150 (2002)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Debbie Riddle (D) 26,174

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Riddle is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Riddle raised a total of $855,465 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 20, 2013.[12]

Debbie Riddle's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 150 Won $141,660
2010 Texas State House, District 150 Won $176,879
2008 Texas State House, District 150 Won $113,610
2006 Texas State House, District 150 Won $144,808
2004 Texas State House, District 150 Won $65,067
2002 Texas State House, District 150 Won $213,441
Grand Total Raised $855,465

2012

Riddle won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Riddle raised a total of $141,660.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Debbie Riddle's campaign in 2012
Murray, Pat L$20,300
Lanier, Mark$17,000
Brown, Christopher$10,000
Perry, Bob J$10,000
Texans For Economic Development$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$141,660
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Riddle won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Riddle raised a total of $176,879.

2008

Riddle won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Riddle raised a total of $113,610.

2006

Riddle won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Riddle raised a total of $144,808.

2004

Riddle won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Riddle raised a total of $65,067.

2002

Riddle won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Riddle raised a total of $213,441.

Scorecards

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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

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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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.[13] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[14]

  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

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.[14]

  • 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.

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

2013

Test received a score of 52.9 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of B+ that Test received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Debbie Riddle received a grade of B+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Riddle and her husband, Mike, have three children and operate their family business, R&R Horse Farms.

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