Garnet Coleman

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Garnet Coleman
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Texas House of Representatives, District 147
Incumbent
In office
1991 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 23
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedOctober 15, 1991
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 8, 1961
Place of birthWashington, DC
ProfessionBusiness owner and president
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Garnet F. Coleman is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 147. He was first elected to the chamber in 1991.

Biography

Coleman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Apartments for America, Inc. He also owns Coleman Strategies, and is a shareholder in Peacole Ice Cream.

Coleman is a sustaining member of the Harris County Democratic Party and the Texas Democratic Party. He was the field director for the Clinton/Gore 1992 campaign in Harris County. He was a Delegate to the 1992 Democratic National Convention, a Precinct Chair for the 1990 Democratic Precinct Convention, and a Delegate at the 1998 State Democratic Convention.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
County Affairs, Chair
Public Health

2011-2012

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

Issues

  • HB 2715 - Relating to grants for school-based health centers.
  • HB 2787 - Relating to liability of charitable organizations for certain negligent hiring, supervision, or retention actions.
  • HB 2953 - Relating to a prohibition against the use of a stun gun or taser by school district peace officers, security personnel, and other employees against elementary, middle, and junior high school students.
  • HB 2955 - Relating to the rates of tuition charged to students of public institutions of higher education.[2]

Campaign themes

2014

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

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "He will continue working to ensure that we have the best, most affordable care possible. Addressing health disparities, in the areas of primary care and mental health is and will continue to be one of his top priorities."

LGBT Issues

  • Excerpt: "He believes in equality for all; discrimination in any form is unacceptable. No one should be unable to get married, raise a child, or serve their country on account of their sexual orientation."

Community Neighborhoods

  • Excerpt: "Representative Coleman’s district contains Third Ward (his home and where he was born and raised), parts of Montrose, the Fourth Ward/Freedmenstown, Southpark, Midtown, Sunnyside, and more. It is imperative that we maintain the character of these unique communities. While he promotes and encourages economic development, he is committed to ensuring that this development does not kick out the people and families that make up their current neighborhoods."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Perhaps no other issue is more important than ensuring that all Texas children have access to quality education from kindergarten throughout college. Education needs to be affordable and not just available to those who can pay."

Gun Control

  • Excerpt: "Representative Coleman supports reasonable measures such as waiting periods and gun registration that do not prevent law abiding citizens from owning guns but do discourage unlawful gun use/ownership."

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 Garnet Coleman was unopposed in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[4][5][6]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Coleman won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 147. Coleman defeated Ray Hill in the May 29 primary election and defeated Deb Shafto (G) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 147, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGarnet Coleman Incumbent 92.2% 43,589
     Green Deb Shafto 7.8% 3,683
Total Votes 47,272
Texas House of Representatives District 147 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGarnet Coleman Incumbent 87.4% 6,606
Ray Hill 12.6% 950
Total Votes 7,556

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Coleman won re-election in District 147. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and had no opponents in the November 2 general election.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 147
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Garnet Coleman (D) 23,312 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Coleman won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 147th District, defeating Libertarian Joe Tirado. He received 35,951 votes in the election, ahead of Tirado (3,030).[7] Coleman raised $466,249 for his campaign.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 147
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Garnet Coleman (D) 35,951 92.22%
Joe Tirado (L) 3,030 7.77%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Coleman is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Coleman raised a total of $2,846,308 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 20, 2013.[9]

Garnet Coleman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 147 Won $634,732
2010 Texas State House, District 147 Won $551,515
2008 Texas State House, District 147 Won $466,249
2006 Texas State House, District 147 Won $437,389
2004 Texas State House, District 147 Won $149,952
2002 Texas State House, District 147 Won $161,451
2000 Texas State House, District 147 Won $340,865
1998 Texas State House, District 147 Won $104,155
Grand Total Raised $2,846,308

2012

Coleman won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Coleman raised a total of $634,732.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Garnet Coleman's campaign in 2012
Affordable Apartments For America$44,212
Webster Surgical Specialty Hospital$15,000
Texas Trial Lawyers Association$14,500
AFSCME$12,000
Border Health$12,000
Total Raised in 2012$634,732
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Coleman won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Coleman raised a total of $551,515.

2008

Coleman won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Coleman raised a total of $466,249.

2006

Coleman won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Coleman raised a total of $437,389.

2004

Coleman won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Coleman raised a total of $149,952.

2002

Coleman won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Coleman raised a total of $161,451.

2000

Coleman won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Coleman raised a total of $340,865.

1998

Coleman won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Coleman raised a total of $104,155.

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.

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

2013

Coleman received a score of 11.8 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Garnet Coleman received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Organizations and community involvement

Coleman is a member of many organizations, including The Ensemble Theater Board, National Mental Health Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Progressive States Network Board, South Central Young Mens' Christian Association, Houston Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council Advisory Board, and creator of Operation SMART Youth Development Program.

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Preceded by
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Texas House District 147
1991–present
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