Jim Keffer

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Jim Keffer
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Texas State House, District 60
Incumbent
In office
1997 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionSales business
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification

James L. "Jim" Keffer is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 60. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996.

Biography

Keffer is a graduate of Texas Tech University. He is the President of EBAA Iron Sales Incorporated.

He is a member of a number of organizations, including the American Foundry Society, American Waterworks Association, Eastland Chamber of Commerce, Eastland County Republicans (Chair), Eastland National Bank Board, and is a Deacon at the First Baptist Church of Eastland.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy Resources, Chair
Natural Resources
Redistricting

2011-2012

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

Issues

  • HB 2035 - Relating to the creation of the Hood County Granbury Municipal Utility District No. 1; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain.
  • HB 2401 - Relating to the political activities of a person employed by a county elections administrator.
  • HB 4245 - Relating to a pilot program to expand access to career and technical education partnerships in rural areas.
  • HB 4717 - Relating to the creation of the Maverick Improvement District of Palo Pinto County; providing authority to impose a tax and issue bonds; granting a limited power of eminent domain.[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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Jim Keffer defeated Cullen Crisp in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Keffer ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 60. Keffer ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election. He was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Keffer won re-election unopposed in District 60. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 60
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png James Keffer (R) 33,425 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Keffer won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 60th District, defeating Dave Shupp (D). Keffer received 43,588 votes in the election while Shupp received 13,195 votes.[6] Keffer raised $375,868 for his campaign; Shupp raised $2,070.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 60
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png James Keffer (R) 43,588 76.76%
Dave Shupp (D) 13,195 23.23%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Keffer is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Keffer raised a total of $1,953,790 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[8]

Jim Keffer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 60 Won $362,164
2010 Texas State House, District 60 Won $354,332
2008 Texas State House, District 60 Won $375,868
2006 Texas State House, District 60 Won $402,330
2004 Texas State House, District 60 Won $183,173
2002 Texas State House, District 60 Won $152,996
2000 Texas State House, District 60 Won $72,235
1998 Texas State House, District 60 Won $50,692
Grand Total Raised $1,953,790

2012

Keffer won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Keffer raised a total of $362,164.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Keffer's campaign in 2012
Texas Association Of Realtors$20,000
Texas House Leadership Fund$18,000
Texas Oil & Gas Association$10,000
Atmos Energy$5,500
Union Pacific Corp$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$362,164
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Keffer won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Keffer raised a total of $354,332.

2008

Keffer won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Keffer raised a total of $375,868.

2006

Keffer won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Keffer raised a total of $402,330.

2004

Keffer won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Keffer raised a total of $183,173.

2002

Keffer won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Keffer raised a total of $152,996.

2000

Keffer won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Keffer raised a total of $72,235.

1998

Keffer won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Keffer raised a total of $50,692.

Scorecards

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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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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.
  • 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.[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.
  • 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

Keffer received a score of 35.3 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of D+ that Keffer received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Jim Keffer received a grade of D+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Jim and his wife, Leslie, first met at a church summer camp in East Texas. This year, they will be celebrating their 36th wedding anniversary and have 3 grown sons and two grandchildren.

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