Drew Darby

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Drew Darby
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Texas House of Representatives, District 72
Incumbent
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas
J.D.University of Texas, 1971
OtherUniversity of Virginia
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 22, 1947
Place of birthSan Angelo, Texas
ProfessionBusiness owner/attorney
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Drew Darby (b. February 22, 1947) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 72. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Darby earned his B.B.A. in Finance and J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Darby also graduated from the Emerging Political Leaders Program at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. His professional experience includes working as the owner of Double D Title, Inc. and Surety Title Company. He founded W. Drew Darby and Associates Law Firm.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Higher Education
Redistricting, Chair

2011-2012

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

Issues

  • HB 749 - Relating to the authority of certain counties to impose a hotel occupancy tax for the maintenance and operation of a coliseum in the county.
  • HB 1853 - Relating to the authorization of school district ad valorem tax incentives for historic redevelopment and economic development
  • HB 1965 - Relating to permits to control protected wildlife; providing a penalty.
  • HB 3870 - Relating to self-directed and semi-independent status of state financial regulatory agencies; making an appropriation.[2]

Campaign themes

2014

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

Budget Transparency

  • Excerpt: "As a member of the committee that sets the budget for the state, [Darby is] focused on meeting the basic needs of the people of Texas and on demanding that government agencies live within their means."

Champion For Our Schools

  • Excerpt: "Since entering the Legislature, [Darby's] focus has been on local control for schools and on student performance, not overburdening standardized tests and state government bureaucracy."

Water

  • Excerpt: "State government must be a positive resource, helping us plan for our future and where possible aid water resource development so that we can keep water rates affordable. It must not, however, create more regulatory barriers that prevent West Texans from solving West Texas problems."

Economic Development

  • Excerpt: "Representative Darby is a strong fiscal conservative and a business owner, who believes that keeping taxes low, maintaining a predictable regulatory environment and a fair court system are the keys to keeping the Texas economy strong."

Transportation

  • Excerpt: "[Darby] opposes more debt and tollroads as the solution to our transportation problems and favors a "pay as you go" system that puts transportation as a constitutional priority for state government."

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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Drew Darby defeated Shannon Thomason in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[4][5][6]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Darby ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 72. Darby ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election. He was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Darby won re-election in District 72 in 2010. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 72
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Drew Darby (R) 29,933 100%

2008

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Darby won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 72nd District, defeating Dennis Higgins (L). Darby received 37,010 votes in the election while Higgins received 5,560 votes.[7] Darby raised $181,350 for his campaign.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 72
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Drew Darby (R) 37,010 86.93%
Dennis Higgins (L) 5,560 13.06%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Darby is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Darby raised a total of $1,228,438 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 14, 2013.[9]

Drew Darby's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 72 Won $414,376
2010 Texas State House, District 72 Won $222,472
2008 Texas State House, District 72 Won $181,350
2006 Texas State House, District 72 Won $355,536
2002 Texas State House, District 72 Defeated $54,704
Grand Total Raised $1,228,438

2012

Darby won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Darby raised a total of $414,376.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Drew Darby's campaign in 2012
Pitcock Jr, James D$25,000
Texas Association Of Realtors$20,300
Waste Control Specialists LLC$17,500
Weisman, John R$7,500
Texas Credit Union League$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$414,376
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Darby won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Darby raised a total of $222,472.

2008

Darby won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Darby raised a total of $181,350.

2006

Darby won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Darby raised a total of $355,536.

2002

Darby lost the election for the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Darby raised a total of $54,704.

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Darby's endorsements include the following:[3]

  • Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas PAC
  • Conservative Republicans of Texas
  • Keep Texas Working Political Action Committee
  • Texas Alliance for Life
  • Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association PAC
  • Texas Farm Bureau - AGFUND
  • Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC
  • Texas Association of Business PAC
  • Texas Association of Realtors PAC
  • Texas Association of Manufacturers PAC
  • Texas Hospital Association PAC
  • Texas Municipal Police Association
  • Texas Parent PAC
  • Texas Retailers Association PAC
  • Texas State Teachers Association PAC

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.[10] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[11]

  • 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.[11]

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

2013

Darby received a score of 35.7 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of C that Darby received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Drew Darby received a grade of C on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Darby and his wife, Clarisa, have five children. He has been a member of many organizations, including the Central High School Parent Teacher Organization, Central High School Site Base Committee, Colorado City Chamber of Commerce, Concho Country Emmaus Community, Farm Bureau, San Angelo Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association.[1]

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