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George Lavender

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George Lavender
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Texas House of Representatives, District 1
In office
January 11, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas-Fayetteville
BirthdaySeptember 7, 1955
Office website
Campaign website
George Lavender is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Lavender attended Arkansas High School earned a BSBA in Management from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Lavender has been a small businessman for 30 years. He is a partner with Ellco Distributing and works in commercial real estate. Lavender is a member and a former deacon of the First Baptist Church on Moore's Lane in Texarkana, Texas. Lavender has also been a Volunteer Youth Coach for 20 years, working with PGYA, the Boys & Girls Club, Dixie League, and USSA. He served as a Board member of the Boys & Girls Club and was a delegate at the Republican State Convention. He is a long-time supporter of the First Choice Pregnancy Center and Watersprings Ranch.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Homeland Security & Public Safety


Lavender served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issue positions

Campaign themes


Lavender's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Voter ID
Excerpt: "Voter ID legislation is a commonsense reform that is necessary to ensure the integrity and fairness of our elections. Unlike my opponent who has repeatedly opposed Voter ID legislation, I will work with other conservative leaders to pass such measures if elected State Representative."
  • Border Security/Immigration
Excerpt: "Texas is on the front line of the illegal immigration issue. Washington has failed us and now more than ever people are looking to state governments to address the problem. I will work with federal, state and local governments to secure our borders and enforce immigration policies that respect those who follow the legal processes of joining our national citizenry rather than reward those who do not."
  • Eminent Domain
Excerpt: "Protecting private property rights is fundamental to preserving our way of life in East Texas. Eminent domain authority should be defined and exercised by the government in a limited manner and affected landowners should be fairly compensated for their land. I will oppose any efforts to expand governmental eminent domain authority."
  • Small Business Issues/Taxation & Regulation
Excerpt: "As a small businessman for over 30 years, I know firsthand the struggles of making payroll, paying taxes and trying to keep up with the never ending demands of government regulations. I will work to reduce and simplify state regulation processes and requirements for small businesses and support state economic policies that promote free enterprise and job growth."
  • 2nd Amendment
Excerpt:"The 2nd Amendment to our U.S. Constitution affords us the undeniable right to keep and bear arms. Unfortunately, this right continues to come under attack. I will oppose any efforts to limit our 2nd Amendment rights if elected State Representative."

Lavender's 2010 campaign site listed his positions across a number of issues: "George Lavender has a consistent record of supporting candidates and causes that advocate for responsible fiscal policies which limit the growth of state government, promote free enterprise and stimulate businesses to create jobs in this tough economic environment. George is proudly pro-life, pro-second amendment and a strong supporter of private property rights, the 10th amendment and the belief that our Constitution should be interpreted as written by our Founders."[2]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Texas House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on March 4, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 9, 2013. Gary VanDeaver defeated incumbent George Lavender in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5]


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lavender won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 1. Lavender ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Tim Eason (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Lavender Incumbent 82.6% 42,080
     Libertarian Tim Eason 17.4% 8,839
Total Votes 50,919


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Lavender won election to the 1st District seat in 2010, defeating incumbent Stephen Frost and Independent candidate Trent Gale.[8]

Lavender defeated Jack Ballard in the March 2nd Republican primary. He received 4,133 votes, where Ballard received 3,822 votes.

The general election took place on November 6, 2012.

Texas House of Representatives, District 1
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent

Green check mark transparent.png George Lavender (R) 18,575 51.51%
Stephen Frost (D) 14,717 40.81%
Trent Gale (I) 2,766 7.67%


On November 4, 2008, Lavender was defeated in the race for the Texas House of Representatives 1st District seat by Stephen Frost.

Frost received 29,598 votes in the election while Lavender received 24,853 votes, and Libertarian candidate Tim Eason received 781 votes.[9] Frost raised $200,917 for his campaign; Lavender raised $41,622.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 1
Candidates Votes Percent

Green check mark transparent.png Stephen Frost (D) 29,598 53.58%
George Lavender (R) 24,853 44.99%
Tim Eason (L) 781 1.41%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lavender is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Lavender raised a total of $666,104 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.[11]

George Lavender's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 1 Won $79,951
2010 Texas State House, District 1 Won $544,531
2008 Texas State House, District 1 Defeated $41,622
Grand Total Raised $666,104


Lavender won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Lavender raised a total of $79,951.


Lavender won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Lavender raised a total of $544,531.


Lavender lost the election for the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Lavender raised a total of $41,622.


Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

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 are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.


Lavender received a score of 62.6 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of B that Lavender received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


George Lavender received a grade of B on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Mark Jones Partisan Index


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.[13]

Gun rights advocate groups

Lavender has an "A" rating from both the Texas State Rifle Association (TSTA) and the National Rifle Association (NRA)[14]


Lavender and his wife, Jan Timberlake Lavender, have three children, Allison Scherer, Rachel Presley, and Jacob.[15]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen Frost (R)
Texas House of Representatives District 1
Succeeded by