Elaine Hays

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Elaine Hays
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 13
Bachelor'sTexas Christian University
Master'sWest Texas A&M
ProfessionCertified financial planner
Campaign website
Elaine Hays campaign logo
Elaine Hays was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 13th Congressional District of Texas.[1]


Hays earned a BBA in Marketing from Texas Christian University. She then worked for two years as a stockbroker before becoming licensed as a Certified Financial Planner. Hays then received a Master of Science in Finance and Economics from West Texas A&M.[2]

Hays has co-authored two books, "When God We Trust" and "Avoiding the Top Ten Money Mistakes."


Campaign themes


Hays' campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Living Within Our Means
Excerpt: " Our debt as a percent of GDP has risen from 32% in the 1980s to currently over 105%. Our government must discipline itself to live within our means and stop mortgaging the opportunities of our future generations by placing this burden of debt upon them."
  • Freedom of Speech
Excerpt: "Courts have distorted the meaning of the First Amendment. While it was written to prevent the mandatory participation in a particular religion, it was not intended to create a vacuum of religious contribution. We were not to be protected from ever encountering religious symbols, speeches, or other contributions in our communities."
  • Right to Bear Arms
Excerpt: "Gun control is only successful in disarming law-abiding citizens. Criminals will obtain weapons regardless of the law. As a person who has a concealed carry license, it is my position that individuals should rely on their own ability to defend themselves rather than local law enforcement. We must also remember that the Second Amendment was written to protect citizens against a tyrannical government rather than from their neighbor."
  • Energy Independence
Excerpt: "Cheap energy has driven the US economy for decades. Fossil fuels still remain our main energy source, and although it is prudent to research and develop alternative sources, renewable energy such as wind and solar are still extremely costly and require massive subsidies."
  • Defending the Unborn
Excerpt: "One of the fundamental responsibilities of a government is to protect the lives of the people it governs. Valuing some life requires valuing all life. If a culture does not hold human life as sacred, human life is cheapened."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "Opposition to illegal immigration is not to be confused with opposition to immigration. Previous attempts at immigration reform have failed because a key aspect, securing the borders, has never been prioritized."



See also: Texas' 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

Hays ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 13th District. Hays was defeated by incumbent Mac Thornberry in the Republican primary on March 4, 2014.[4]

U.S. House, Texas District 13 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMac Thornberry Incumbent 68.2% 45,168
Elaine Hays 18.6% 12,330
Pam Barlow 13.2% 8,723
Total Votes 66,221
Source: Texas Secretary of State

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hays' reports.

Elaine Hays (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[5]July 9, 2013$0$2,358$(2,358)$0
October Quarterly[6]October 14, 2013$0$31,930$(25,323)$6,606
Year-End[7]January 30, 2014$6,606$50,704$(50,194)$7,116
Running totals


Hays and her husband, Tracy, have four children.[2]

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