Helen Giddings

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Helen Giddings
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Texas House of Representatives, District 109
Incumbent
In office
1993 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
Birthday04/21/1945
Place of birthDallas, TX
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Helen Giddings is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 109. She was first elected to the chamber in 1992.

Biography

Giddings is Founder and President of Multiplex, Incorporated. She is involved with a number of organizations, including the African-American Museum Annual Ball, African-American Political Congress, American Red Cross - Dallas Chapter, Benefit for Dallas Women's Council, Casa De Los Amigos, Community Resource Trust, and Consumer Credit Counseling Services.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Calendars
State Affairs, Vice-chair

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Giddings served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 519 - Relating to the establishment of a school of pharmacy in the city of Dallas by the University of North Texas System.
  • HB 1622 - Relating to a grant program to provide children at risk of hunger or obesity with increased access to nutritious foods.
  • HB 1944 - Relating to actions required to be taken by the Texas Education Agency and a school district when the district fails to file its annual audit report in a timely manner.
  • HB 2127 - Relating to regulations regarding the sale of plastic bulk merchandise containers; providing a criminal penalty.[2]

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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Helen Giddings defeated Genevieve Gregory in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Giddings won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 109. Giddings was unopposed in the May 29 primary and defeated Dexter Jackson (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 109, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHelen Giddings Incumbent 93.6% 53,982
     Libertarian Dexter Jackson 6.4% 3,700
Total Votes 57,682

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Giddings won re-election in District 109. She was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 109
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Helen Giddings (D) 34,911 98.98%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Giddings won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 109th District, receiving 59,472 votes ahead of Libertarian Kevin Jackson (3,692).[6] She raised $177,894 for her campaign.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 109
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Helen Giddings (D) 59,472 94.15%
Kevin Jackson (L) 3,692 5.84%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Giddings is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Giddings raised a total of $1,024,608 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[8]

Helen Giddings's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 109 Won $99,941
2010 Texas State House, District 109 Won $124,473
2008 Texas State House, District 109 Won $177,894
2006 Texas State House, District 109 Won $213,498
2004 Texas State House, District 109 Won $126,292
2002 Texas State House, District 109 Won $113,322
2000 Texas State House, District 109 Won $94,395
1998 Texas State House, District 109 Won $74,793
Grand Total Raised $1,024,608

2012

Giddings won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Giddings raised a total of $99,941.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Helen Giddings's campaign in 2012
Border Health$5,000
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson$5,000
Chickasaw Nation$5,000
Texas Association Of Realtors$4,000
Texas Trial Lawyers Association$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$99,941
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Giddings won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Giddings raised a total of $124,473.

2008

Giddings won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Giddings raised a total of $177,894.

2006

Giddings won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Giddings raised a total of $213,498.

2004

Giddings won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Giddings raised a total of $126,292.

2002

Giddings won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Giddings raised a total of $113,322.

2000

Giddings won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Giddings raised a total of $94,395.

1998

Giddings won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Giddings raised a total of $74,793.

Scorecards

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

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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

Giddings received a score of 15 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Helen Giddings received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Giddings has a husband, Donald.

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