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Hubert Vo
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Texas House of Representatives, District 149
Incumbent
In office
2005 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2004
Term limitsN/A
Personal
BirthdayMay 30, 1956
Place of birthSouth Vietnam
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Hubert Vo is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 149. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Biography

Vo has worked many positions, including assembler and quality assurance specialist, busboy, convenience store clerk, cook, data technician, goldsmith, machinist, steel worker, and waiter.

He is a member of the Alief Super Neighborhood Council, Alief Young Mens Club of America Board, Houston Apartment Association, Houston Association of Builders, Houston Association of Realtors, and Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic & Small Business Development, Vice-chair
Government Efficiency & Reform
House Administration

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Vo served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 1071 - Relating to controlling the emissions of certain hazardous air contaminants in identified areas of this state under the Texas Clean Air Act.
  • HB 1099 - Relating to measures to increase the affordability of textbooks used for courses at public institutions of higher education.
  • HB 1207 - Relating to the creation of an offense for certain uses of a wireless communication device while operating certain vehicles.
  • HB 4977 - Relating to maximization of the amount of federal funding obtained by school districts.[2]

Campaign themes

2014

Vo's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

Quality Education

  • Excerpt: "Increase high school graduation rates and college and workforce readiness; Reduce the importance placed on standardized tests; Bring down the high cost of college tuition and textbooks"

Affordable Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "Take advantage of federal matching funds for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medicaid benefits for children and senior citizens; Crackdown on Insurance and Medicare fraud; Emphasize preventive care rather than expensive emergency room visits"

Stronger Economy

  • Excerpt: "Work with employers, high schools, community colleges and universities to better train students for available jobs; Join with the City and area management districts to attract new jobs to Southwest Houston; Provide an environment in which small businesses can grow their companies"

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Excerpt: "Hubert has a strong record as a fiscal watchdog. He has fought to reduce our property taxes, lower the appraisal cap and opposed the margins tax on small businesses."

2012

Vo's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Taxes and Economic issues - "Lower property tax rates to provide substantial relief to Texas homeowners," "Establish an appraisal cap on the increase of property values," and "Bring new economic development to the District through the new International Management District."
  • Education - "Provide an adequate state investment in our local schools," "Require accountability from our schools," "Pay teachers like the professionals they are - we need to retain good teachers," "Make college tuition rates more affordable and control tuition rate increases," and "Prepare our future generation with the proper tools to contribute to our society and to compete globally,"
  • Crime - "Make sure the state works in partnership with local law enforcement entities so that all resources needed for public safety are available," "Work to rid our communities of gangs," and "Use the International Management District to provide greater public safety."
  • Public Health - "Restore full health insurance benefits to eligible children of working parents to ensure that our children are healthy and to ease the overcrowding in our emergency rooms," "Take advantage of the estimated $300 million of Federal funds left on the table in Washington each year by fully funding CHIP," "Reinstate $50 million in mental health cuts enacted in 2003 to provide community help and ease the burden on local law enforcement," and "Improve state efforts to curb domestic violence and prevent child abuse."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

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 Hubert Vo was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Al Hoang defeated Nghi T. Ho in the Republican primary. Vo defeated Hoang in the general election.[4][5][6]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Vo won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 149. Vo was unopposed in the May 29 primary and defeated Dianne Williams (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 149, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHubert Vo Incumbent 61.1% 26,017
     Republican Dianne Williams 38.9% 16,551
Total Votes 42,568

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Vo won re-election in District 149. He was unopposed in the March 2 Democratic primary and defeated Republican Jack O'Connor and Libertarian David LeBlanc in the November 2 general election.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 149
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Hubert Vo (D) 15,641 52.23%
Jack O'Connor (R) 14,304 47,76%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Vo won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 149th District, defeating Republican Greg Meyers. He received 25,562 votes in the election, ahead of Meyers (19,809).[7] Vo raised $435,086 for his campaign; Meyers raised $471,072.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 149
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Hubert Vo (D) 25,562 56.33%
Greg Meyers (R) 19,809 43.66%

2006

In November 2006, Vo won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 149th District, defeating Heflin Talmadge (R).[7]

Vo raised $481,230 for his campaign while Talmadge raised $526,476.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 149 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Hubert Vo (D) 12,621
Talmadge Heflin (R) 10,632

2004

In November 2004, Vo won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 149th District, defeating incumbent Talmadge Heflin (R).[7]

Vo raised $392,510 for his campaign while Heflin raised $870,445.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 149 (2004)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Hubert Vo (D) 20,695
Talmadge Heflin (R) 20,662

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Vo is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Vo raised a total of $1,729,678 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 20, 2013.[11]

Hubert Vo's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 149 Won $207,277
2010 Texas State House, District 149 Won $213,575
2008 Texas State House, District 149 Won $435,086
2006 Texas State House, District 149 Won $481,230
2004 Texas State House, District 149 Won $392,510
Grand Total Raised $1,729,678

2012

Vo won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Vo raised a total of $207,277.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Hubert Vo's campaign in 2012
Texas Trial Lawyers Association$24,872
VN Enterprises Partnership$9,688
Butt, Charles C$8,500
Texas Association Of Realtors$7,500
Texans For Insurance Reform$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$207,277
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Vo won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Vo raised a total of $213,575.

2008

Vo won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Vo raised a total of $435,086.

2006

Vo won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Vo raised a total of $481,230.

2004

Vo won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Vo raised a total of $392,510.

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.[12] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[13]

  • 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.

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.[13]

  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Legislators are scored based on consumer-related bills.

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

2013

Vo received a score of 16.7 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Hubert Vo received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Hubert has devoted his time, inside and outside of the Legislature, as an advocate for education, health care, public safety and economic development. Speaking fluent Spanish, Vietnamese, French, and English Representative Vo can seamlessly communicate with a vast spectrum of District 149 residents.

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