Ed Thompson (Texas)

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Ed Thompson
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Texas House of Representatives, District 29
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 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Ed Thompson is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 29. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Environmental Regulation
Special Purpose Districts


Campaign themes


Thompson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Create Jobs
Excerpt: "With our national economy struggling, the stakes in the upcoming elections are high. In 2008, America elected a President with no experience in business and no ability to lead us out of this crisis."
  • Stop Illegal Immigration
Excerpt: "Like so many households across Texas, State government had to tighten its belt and cut spending in order to balance the budget. More budget shortfalls are right around the corner. We simply cannot afford to pay welfare benefits or in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants anymore."
  • Balanced Budgets & Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "With our economy still unstable, it’s imperative that those we elect to office approach future government budgets from the standpoint of “no new taxes” and “no more debt.”"
  • Pro-Gun and Pro-Life
Excerpt: "Ed is 100% pro-gun and 100% pro-life."



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took 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 was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Ed Thompson was unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[1][2][3]


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Thompson won election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 29. Thompson defeated Debra Rosenthal-Ritter in the May 29 Republican primary election and defeated Doug Blatt (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 29, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Thompson 65.5% 40,642
     Democratic Doug Blatt 34.5% 21,388
Total Votes 62,030
Texas House of Representatives District 29 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEd Thompson 67.1% 7,544
Debra Rosenthal-Ritter 32.9% 3,707
Total Votes 11,251

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thompson is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Thompson raised a total of $333,320 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 23, 2013.[5]

Ed Thompson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 29 Won $333,320
Grand Total Raised $333,320


Thompson won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Thompson raised a total of $333,320.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ed Thompson's campaign in 2012
Thompson, Ed$95,882
State Farm Insurance$25,000
Texas State Frm Agents PAC$15,000
WCS-TexasSolutions PAC$5,500
Weber, Randy$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$333,320
Source:Follow the Money


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


Thompson received a score of 80 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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Preceded by
Randy Weber (R)
Texas House District 29
Succeeded by