George Lavender

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

Biography

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

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Homeland Security & Public Safety
Transportation

2011-2012

Lavender served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issue positions

Campaign themes

2010

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."

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. Gary VanDeaver defeated incumbent George Lavender in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[2][3][4]

2012

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.[5]

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

2010

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.[5]


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%

2008

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.[5] Frost raised $200,917 for his campaign; Lavender raised $41,622.[6]

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.[7]

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

2012

Lavender won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Lavender raised a total of $79,951.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to George Lavender's campaign in 2012
Townes, Larry$5,000
Harper, Chip$3,000
Chickasaw Nation$2,500
Waste Control Specialists LLC$2,500
HillCo Partners$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$79,951
Source:Follow the Money

2010

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

2008

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

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

  • 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.
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  • 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.[9]

  • 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

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

2013

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. The 62.6 rating put him at 46th in the list of 150 representatives who were measured.

2011

George Lavender received a grade of B on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index. He was one of eight representatives to receive the B grade. A total of 45 representatives received a grade of B+ or better.

Mark Jones Partisan Index

2011

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.[11]

Gun rights advocate groups

Lavender has an "A" rating from both the Texas State Rifle Association (TSTA) and the National Rifle Association (NRA).[1]

Personal

Lavender and his wife, Jan Timberlake Lavender, have three children, Allison Scherer, Rachel Presley and Jacob.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen Frost (R)
Texas House of Representatives District 1
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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