Gary Elkins

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Gary Elkins
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Texas House of Representatives, District 135
Incumbent
In office
1995 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSouthwestern Assemblies of God University
Personal
Birthday7/25/1939
Place of birthHouston, TX
ProfessionConsultant
ReligionAssembly of God
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Gary Elkins (b. July 25, 1939) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 135. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994.

Biography

Elkins earned his B.S. in Practical Theology from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He is the Owner/President of Personal Credit Corporation, and has worked as a consultant and in real estate.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Technology, Chair
Urban Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Elkins served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Elkins served on the following committees:

Issues

  • HB 345 - Relating to a business's duty to protect sensitive personal information contained in its customer records.
  • HB 2069 - Relating to a merchant's duties with respect to the use of a credit card, debit card, stored value card, or other access device.
  • HB 3623 - Relating to covenants not to compete by physicians.
  • HB 4372 - Relating to the resolution of overpayment or underpayment of income benefits under the workers' compensation program.[2]

Campaign themes

2012

Elkins's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • "Supports requiring a valid Texas photo ID to vote"
  • "Supports increased teacher pay"
  • "Opposes state income tax and favors lowering taxes on small businesses"
  • "Increased penalties against child predators by supporting Jessica's Law"
  • "Supports the right of private citizens to keep and bear arms"

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 Gary Elkins was unopposed in the Republican primary. Moiz Abbas was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Abbas will face Elkins in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elkins ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 135. Elkins was unopposed in the May 29 primary and defeated Paul Morgan (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 135, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Elkins Incumbent 60.4% 32,023
     Democratic Paul Morgan 39.6% 21,030
Total Votes 53,053

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elkins won re-election in District 135. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[6]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Elkins won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 135th District, receiving 27,382 votes ahead of Democrat Trey Fleming (18,733) and Libertarian Alfred Montestruc (778).[6] He raised $296,797 for his campaign.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 135
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Gary Elkins (R) 27,382 58.39%
Trey S. Fleming (D) 18,733 39.94%
Alfred N. Montestruc (L) 778 1.65%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Elkins is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Elkins raised a total of $1,099,749 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[8]

Gary Elkins's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 135 Won $162,282
2010 Texas State House, District 135 Won $166,282
2008 Texas State House, District 135 Won $296,797
2006 Texas State House, District 135 Won $113,140
2004 Texas State House, District 135 Won $41,916
2002 Texas State House, District 135 Won $81,623
2000 Texas State House, District 135 Won $176,819
1998 Texas State House, District 135 Won $60,890
Grand Total Raised $1,099,749

2012

Elkins won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Elkins raised a total of $162,282.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gary Elkins's campaign in 2012
Texas Credit Union League$7,500
Texas Association Of Realtors$6,500
North Cypress Medical Center$5,000
North Cypress Medical Center (Not A Corp & No Corp Owners)$5,000
Wholesale Beer Distributors Of Texas$2,541
Total Raised in 2012$162,282
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Elkins won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Elkins raised a total of $166,282.

2008

Elkins won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Elkins raised a total of $296,797.

2006

Elkins won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Elkins raised a total of $113,140.

2004

Elkins won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Elkins raised a total of $41,916.

2002

Elkins won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Elkins raised a total of $81,623.

2000

Elkins won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Elkins raised a total of $176,819.

1998

Elkins won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Elkins raised a total of $60,890.

Scorecards

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

  • 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.[10]

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

2013

Elkins received a score of 72.8 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of A that Elkins received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Gary Elkins received a grade of A on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Elkins was named a "2011 Taxpayer Champion," which is "the top award presented by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."

Personal

Elkins and his wife, Julie Ann, have four children.

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