Gene Wu

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Gene Wu
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Texas House of Representatives, District 137
Incumbent
In office
2013-Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolSharpstown High School
Bachelor'sTexas A&M
Personal
Place of birthOdessa, TX
ProfessionFelony prosecutor
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Gene Wu is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 137. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Biography

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.[1]

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.[2]

Gene is currently the President of the Houston 80-20 Political Action Committee and a Board member for OCA Greater Houston.[3] 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.[4]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Elections
Energy Resources

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Wu's website highlights the following campaign themes:[5]

Public Education

  • 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."

Safe Neighborhoods

  • 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

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 Gene Wu was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Morad Fiki was unopposed in the Republican primary. Wu will face Fiki in the general election.[6][7][8]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 137, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGene Wu 65.8% 15,832
     Republican M.J. Khan 34.2% 8,245
Total Votes 24,077
Texas House of Representatives District 137 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGene Wu (advanced to runoff) 43.1% 773
Green check mark transparent.pngJamaal R. Smith (advanced to runoff) 24.1% 431
Joseph Carlos Madden 21.8% 391
Sarah Winkler 11% 197
Total Votes 1,792

Campaign donors

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.[10]

Gene Wu's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 137 Won $306,315
Grand Total Raised $306,315

2012

Wu 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
Wu, Eugene$50,000
Tang, Anmei$20,000
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

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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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.[11] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[12]

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

2013

Wu received a score of 14 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Wu's father migrated to the United States from Guangzhou, China, and became a lawyer for the immigrant community.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Scott Hochberg (D)
Texas House District 137
2013–present
Succeeded by
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