|Texas House of Representatives, District 137|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|High school||Sharpstown High School|
|Place of birth||Odessa, TX|
Growing up, Gene attended Ed White Elementary and Fondren Middle School on South Braeswood in Houston. After high school, he went on to Texas A&M University, where he graduated with a bachelor in science degree. Gene Wu went on to the LBJ School for Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. During his time there, Gene was awarded with a fellowship at the Texas Workforce Commission to improve community college and technical school standards.
Wu's professional experience includes working as a felony prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney's Office in Houston, Texas, where he is a prosecutor in the 315th Juvenile Court of Judge Michael Schneider, Jr.
After his graduation from the University of Texas with a Master’s degree in Public Policy, Gene became the Chief Clerk for the House Higher Education Committee for the Texas Legislature. Gene continued his education at South Texas College of Law. He then joined the Harris County District Attorney’s office.
Gene is currently the President of the Houston 80-20 Political Action Committee and a Board member for OCA Greater Houston. He has been a mentor and teacher for adults in the Skills for Living program, and regularly tutors at-risk youth at Sharpstown High School. For the past five years, Gene has been a volunteer and trainer for Neighborhood Centers Inc. In that capacity, he conducts monthly workshops where he helps people become United States citizens.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Wu served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Energy Resources|
Wu's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "As your State Representative I will be a committed fighter for public education. I will see that Austin works to support parents, teachers and school children. Furthermore, I promise to vote against any decrease in public education funding."
- Excerpt: "Crime is the most important issue for Southwest Houston. Our law enforcement budgets are stretched thin, and we have to decide on a new set of priorities. As a Felony Prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, I understand the strain on our criminal justice system. Our office accepts more than 100,000 criminal cases that range from petty thefts to capital murder. We have to decide how we want police officers and prosecutors to utilize their limited time and resources."
Grow our economy
- Excerpt: "We need jobs; good jobs that provide a livable wage. We must encourage companies to move into our community by making sure they have the tools for success. That means we need a large educated work force and a good quality of life for their families. Our state should invest in capital improvements and repair existing public infrastructure."
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 Gene Wu was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Morad Fiki was unopposed in the Republican primary. Wu defeated Fiki in the general election.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 137 General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Gene Wu Incumbent||57.9%||7,155|
Wu ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 137. Wu advanced to the June 31 primary runoff where he defeated Jamaal R. Smith. Wu defeated M.J. Khan (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 137, General Election, 2012|
|Texas House of Representatives District 137 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Gene Wu (advanced to runoff)||43.1%||773|
|Jamaal R. Smith (advanced to runoff)||24.1%||431|
|Joseph Carlos Madden||21.8%||391|
Comprehensive donor information for Wu is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Wu raised a total of $306,315 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.
|Gene Wu's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Texas State House, District 137||$306,315|
|Grand Total Raised||$306,315|
2012Wu won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Wu raised a total of $306,315.
|Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Gene Wu's campaign in 2012|
|Texas Assocation Of Realtors||$15,054|
|Law Offices Of Zhengyi Wu PC||$12,425|
|Texans For Insurance Reform||$10,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$306,315|
|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. Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.
- American's for Prosperity Texas - Texas Legislative Report Card 2013
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- Conservative Roundtable - 2013 Conservative Solutions Scorecard
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- Empower Texans - 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index
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- Environment Texas - 2013 Legislative Scorecard
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- Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
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- Texans Uniting for Reform & Freedom - 2013 Session Report Card
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- Texas Association of Business - For the Record 2013
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- Texas Eagle Forum - 2013 Legislative Scorecard
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- Texas League of Conservation Voters - 2013 Scorecard
- 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.
- Texas Right to Life - 2013 Legislative Scores
- Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
- Texas Tribune Guest Column: Mark P. Jones - The 2013 Texas House, From Right to Left
- 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.
- The American Conservative Union - 2013 State Legislative Ratings Guide
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- Young Conservatives of Texas - 83rd Session House Budget Scorecard
- Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
- Young Conservatives of Texas: Legislative Ratings for the 83rd Legislature
- NARAL Pro-Choice Texas: 2013 Legislative Scorecard on House Bill 2
- Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
- National Federation of Independent Business in Texas: 2013-2014 Legislative Voting Record
- 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
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Wu received a score of 14 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
Wu's father migrated to the United States from Guangzhou, China, and became a lawyer for the immigrant community.
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- Campaign Contributions: 2012
- Directory of Criminal Courts for Harris County, Texas, "Harris County Courts," accessed May 27, 2014
- State Bar of Texas, "Mr. Eugene Yuanzhi 'Gene' Wu," accessed May 27, 2014
- OCA, "Greater Houston Schedule," accessed May 27, 2014
- Vote Wu on Facebook, "Info," accessed May 27, 2014
- genefortexas.com, "Issues," accessed February 14, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current ELECTION HISTORY," accessed December 2, 2014
- The Libertarian Party of Texas, "2014 Texas Representative Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
- Green Party of Texas, "Greens Release Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 17, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Wu, Eugene (Gene)," accessed August 15, 2013
- kten.com, "Texas Lawmakers To Tackle Redistricting In Special Session," May 29, 2013
- Legislative reference Library of Texas, "Texas Legislative Sessions and Years," accessed June 13, 2014
- Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
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