|Texas State Senate, District 25|
|1993 - 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Place of birth||Mercedes, TX|
- 1 Committee assignments
- 2 District 25
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Legislative sessions
- 6 Endorsements
- 7 Scorecards
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Wentworth graduated from Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, Texas and later graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. He later obtained a J.D. from Texas Tech University.
Wentworth is a self employed attorney and has served that position since 1970. Prior to his election to the state senate, he was a representative in the Texas House of Representatives from 1988 to 1992.
Jeff Wentworth served on the following Texas Senate committees:
- Open Government, Select Committee Chair
- Veteran Affairs & Military Installations Committee Vice Chair
- Higher Education Committee
- Administration Committee
- Intergovernmental Relations Committee
- Redistricting, Select Committee
- Transportation & Homeland Security Administration
- Jurisprudence Committee, Texas State Senate
- Administration Committee, Texas State Senate
- Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Texas State Senate
- Transportation & Homeland Security Committee, Texas State Senate
Jeff Wentworth represents District 25, which includes the county of Comal, Texas.
- See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012
Wentworth ran in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 25. Wentworth was defeated by Donna Campbell in the July 31 primary runoff election. They had advanced past the May 29 primary election.
|Texas State Senate District 25 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Jeff Wentworth (advanced to runoff) Incumbent||35.8%||27,050|
|Donna Campbell (advanced to runoff)||33.7%||25,470|
|Elizabeth Ames Jones||30.5%||23,085|
- See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2010
| Texas State Senate, District 25 |
2010 General election results
|Jeff Wentworth (R)||192,965||82.17%|
|Arthuer Maxwell Thomas (L)||40,972||17.44%|
Wentworth raised $786,400 for his campaign while Thomas raised $26,963 and Thompson raised $0.
|Texas State Senate, District 25 (2006)|
|Jeff Wentworth (R)||132,872||78.68%|
|Kathleen Thomas (D)||84,816||37.22%|
|James Thompson (L)||10,137||4.44%|
Wentworth raised a total of $514,240 in 2010. Below are Wentworth's top 6 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:
|Texas Trial Lawyers Association||$15,000|
|Baron & Budd||$10,000|
|Texas Association of Realtors||$10,000|
|Simmons, Harold C.||$8,000|
|Texans Medical Association||$7,500|
|Texans for Economic Development||$7,500|
In 2006, a year in which Wentworth was up for re-election, he collected $786,400 in donations.
His four largest contributors in 2006 were:
|Texas Association of Mortgage Attorneys||$25,000|
|BG Distribution Partners||$12,500|
In 2002, a year in which Wentworth was up for re-election, he collected $1,127,678 in donations.
His three largest contributors in 2002 were:
|Texas Association of Realtors||$57,500|
|Texas Medical Association||$25,063|
|Texas Dental Association||$22,500|
Senator Wentworth expressed pessimism over the inherent partisanship in the redistricting process early on in the 2011 cycle, noting "It's pretty certain it will be another mess. Neither party handles this well." When asked how he thought the 2011 redistricting cycle would go, Wentworth noted that the stated goal of the congressional delegation "is for all the Republican and Democratic congressmen in the Texas delegation to come up with a map they can all agree on, that would protect every incumbent congressman regardless of party, and then divide the four new districts 2-2. Whether or not that actually happens remains to be seen. If it does, it will be the first time."
Acknowledging the impossibility of removing partisanship from the redistricting process, Senator Wentworth sponsored a bill (SB 22) during the special session to create an independent citizen redistricting commission. The aim of the bill was to make the process fairer and less politically charged. The Senate passed the bill on June 22, 2011, but it died in the House. The Senate passed similar bills in 2005 and 2007; both times the bills were defeated in the House.
Texas is among the states that must submit their redistricting plans to the federal government for approval under the auspices of the Voting Rights Act. The standard route for obtaining federal approval is for states to submit their plans to the Voting Rights Division of the Department of Justice; this is the route Texas had taken in the past. But Senator Wentworth noted from the beginning of the 82nd session that Texas would probably not submit their redistricting plans to the Justice Department for preclearance during the 2011 cycle, citing the partisanship of the Obama administration's DOJ as reason.
Wentworth said that Texas could use the alternate method of going directly to the courts and having their redistricting plans reviewed by a three-judge federal court in DC. "I don't believe it would be in Texas' interest to even go the route of trying to get precleared by the Department of Justice," explained Senator Wentworth. Speaking on the DOJ's Voting Rights Division he commented "They're not only Democrats, they're partisan Democrats. Before, you had a professional, career Voting Rights division [staff] at the Department of Justice. Now, you have a partisan Democratic Voting Rights division. Many of us, including me, are convinced that there's not a map that we can draw that they would approve, so it's a waste of time and money."
In 2012, Wentworth's endorsements include the following:
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." Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.
Jeff Wentworth received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
Wentworth was born on November 20, 1940 in Mercedes, Tx. He and his wife, Karla, have two children: Jason and Matthew.
- Official campaign website
- Jeff Wentworth legislative profile on Project Vote Smart
- Jeff Wentworth bio on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000
- Jeff Wentworth on Facebook
- Official website of Jeff Wentworth
- Jeff Wentwort at Project Vote Smart
- CSPAN "July 31, 2012 Primary Runoff Results"
- KIII TV "Campbell beats Sen. Wentworth for Texas GOP nod," July 31, 2012
- Texas Senate Districts by Number
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 17, 2014
- Office of the (Texas) Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report," accessed July 12, 2012
- Official Texas State Senate Election Results
- Election Results, Texas State Senate, District 25
- Election Results, Texas State Senate, District 25
- Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
- 2006 contributions to Jeff Wentworth
- 2002 contributions to Jeff Wentworth
- Austin Chronicle, "Painting by Numbers," January 26, 2010
- Star-Telegram, "Texas Senate signals desire for new way of redistricting," June 23, 2011
- Texas Legislature, "Voting Rights Act Submission," accessed January 28, 2010
- senatorjeffwentworth.com - Endorsements
- Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
|Texas Senate District 25
| Succeeded by|
Donna Campbell (R)