Jason Isaac

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Jason Isaac
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Texas House of Representatives, District 45
Incumbent
In office
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 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sStephen F. Austin State University, 1996
Personal
ProfessionConsultant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jason Isaac is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 45. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Issac graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1996 with a major in business. While at university, he founded the SFA lacrosse team and was the co-founder and first director of the Association of Sports Clubs at SFA. He was also a charter member and president of his fraternity.

Isaac is a transportation consultant focusing on safety, compliance and operational efficiency improvements within the trucking industry. He also owns and operates a small sports management business.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic & Small Business Development
Environmental Regulation
Rules & Resolutions, Vice-chair

2011-2012

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Isaac's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Conservative

  • Supports less government and lower taxes
  • Supports the "fiscal responsibility and accountability" necessary to achieve this "difficult combination"

Education

  • Supports legislative action to enforce schools lagging behind Gov. Perry's order that schools spend 65% of their tax budgets directly in the classroom.

Taxes

  • Supports reducing the appraisal cap on property taxes from 10% to 3%.
  • Signer of Americans for Tax Reform's Taxpayer Protection Pledge, holding him to, "oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes."

Border security and immigration

  • Supports tough Texan enforcement of immigration laws.
  • Believes the federal government is "unwilling to commit the resources necessary to seal the border so it becomes incumbent upon Texans to do so."
  • Supports identification requirements at the voting booth.

Spending

  • Believes "the hallmark of being a Republican is being a fiscal conservative."

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 Jason Isaac was unopposed in the Republican primary. Isaac will face Jim Duke (L) in the general election.[1][2][3]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Isaac won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 45. Isaac was unopposed in the May 29 primary election and won re-election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 45, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJason Isaac Incumbent 53.6% 33,604
     Democratic John Adams 42.4% 26,557
     Libertarian Jim Duke 4% 2,495
Total Votes 62,656

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Isaac ran for election to Texas House of Representatives District 45. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and faced incumbent Democratic candidate Patrick Rose in the November 2 general election.[4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 45
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jason Isaac (R) 27,715 53.91%
Patrick Rose (D) 23,691 46.08%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Isaac is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Isaac raised a total of $1,395,178 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 23, 2013.[5]

Jason Isaac's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 45 Won $523,993
2010 Texas State House, District 45 Won $871,185
Grand Total Raised $1,395,178

2012

Isaac won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Isaac raised a total of $523,993.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jason Isaac's campaign in 2012
Seale, Robert$100,000
Texas Republican Party$79,083
Texas Republican Representatives Campaign Cmte$60,000
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$45,356
Perry, Bob J$25,000
Total Raised in 2012$523,993
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Isaac won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Isaac raised a total of $871,185.

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.[6] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[7]

  • 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.[7]

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

2013

Isaac received a score of 88.9 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of A+ that Isaac received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Jason Isaac received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Isaac was named a "2011 Taxpayer Champion," which is "the top award presented by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."

Personal

Community service and involvement

Issac is a board member of Helping Hands, Dripping Springs. He volunteers at a nursing home, at East Texas Women's Shelter, at the East Texas Boy's Ranch and as a youth sports coach. He is a member of the Texas Motor Transportation Association.

Controversies

Quotes in advertisement

In mid-September, 2010, Isaac was the target of a television attack ad by incumbent Democratic candidate Patrick Rose. He disputes the truth of the advertisement and has provided the full quotes of his remarks, which are cut from on his website.

The ad says, "Jason Isaac supports high sales taxes. This tax plan he's peddling means Texans will pay the highest sales taxes in America. Up to 14.5%."

The full quote, in context, repudiates this claim. Isaac's website provides the full quote from his interview on the Texas Sons of Liberty Riders Radio Show on 8/17/2010: “If you just eliminated property taxes and if you wanted to make it a pure consumption-based tax, you increased the sales tax to 14.5% and you’ve got a wash. It balances out. You could eliminate all your property taxes, but everything you buy, you pay 14.5% tax on. My thought process is if you get above 9.5% and you’re going to start driving people to the black market, out of state, they’re going to order everything off Amazon.com and I think you wind up losing state revenue.”

Isaac also objects to the cutting and pasting that creates the quote, "”You increase the sales tax to 14.5% and you’ve got a wash…I like the consumption based model.”

The full quote, from the same radio show, was, “But I like the consumption-based model…I like that possibility – and it would have to be a constitutional amendment that the voters across the state would have to approve, but step #1 let’s reduce the cap from 10%-3%…”

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Political offices
Preceded by
Patrick Rose (D)
Texas House of Representatives District 45
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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