John Whitmire

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John Whitmire
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Texas State Senate, District 15
Incumbent
In office
1983 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 31
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1982
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Houston
Personal
Place of birthHillsboro, TX
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John Whitmire (b. August 14, 1949) is a Democratic member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 15. He was first elected to the chamber in 1982.

Biography

Whitmire graduated with a B.A. in political science from the University of Houston and also attended Bates College of Law at the University of Houston.

In addition to being a senator, Whitmire is also an attorney of counsel at Locke, Liddell and Sapp. Prior to his election to the state senate, Whitmire was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1973 to 1982.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Administration
Business & Commerce
Finance

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Whitmire served on the following Texas Senate committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Whitmire served on the following Texas Senate committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 15 of the 31 seats in the Texas State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. 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. Ron Hale was unopposed in the Republican primary, while incumbent John Whitmire defeated Damian LaCroix in the Democratic primary. Whitmire will face Hale in the general election. Gilberto Velasquez, Jr. is running as a Libertarian candidate.[2][3][4][5]

2012

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Whitmire won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 15. Whitmire ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Bill Walker (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Whitmire Incumbent 62.3% 135,822
     Republican Bill Walker 37.7% 82,038
Total Votes 217,860

2010

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2010

Whitmire won re-election to the 15th District Seat in the general election on November 2, 2010, defeating Republican Bill Walker.[6] He ran unopposed in the primary.

Texas State Senate, District 15
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Whitmire (R) 77,096 59.27%
Bill Walker (D) 52,959 40.72%

2006

On Nov. 7, 2006, Whitmire won re-election to the 15th District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponent Angel DeLaRosa (R).[6]

Whitmire raised $1,072,000 while DeLaRosa raised $12,808.[7]

Texas State Senate, District 15 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Whitmire (D) 56,884 63.00%
Angel DeLaRosa (R) 33,396 36.99%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Whitmire is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Whitmire raised a total of $6,694,115 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 22, 2013.[8]

John Whitmire's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State Senate, District 15 Won $1,932,588
2010 Texas State Senate, District 15 Won $1,137,788
2008 Texas State Senate, District 15 Not up for election $970,826
2006 Texas State Senate, District 15 Won $1,072,000
2004 Texas State Senate, District 15 Not up for election $481,540
2002 Texas State Senate, District 15 Won $485,758
2000 Texas State Senate, District 15 Won $613,615
Grand Total Raised $6,694,115

2012

Whitmire won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Whitmire raised a total of $1,932,588.
Texas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Whitmire's campaign in 2012
Perry, Bob J$85,000
Border Health$35,000
Gallagher, Mike$25,000
Friedkin, T Dan$25,000
Brown Jr, Michael G$25,000
Total Raised in 2012$1,932,588
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Whitmire won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Whitmire raised a total of $1,137,788.

2008

Whitmire was not up for election to the Texas State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Whitmire raised a total of $970,826.

2006

Whitmire won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Whitmire raised a total of $1,072,000.

2004

Whitmire was not up for election to the Texas State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Whitmire raised a total of $481,540.

2002

Whitmire won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Whitmire raised a total of $485,758.

2000

Whitmire won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Whitmire raised a total of $613,615.

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.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Texas scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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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

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

Whitmire received a score of 50.4 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

John Whitmire received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Whitmire and his wife, Becki, have two children: Whitney and Sarah.

Awards

On October 26, 2010, Governing magazine named Whitmire and Texas Represenative Jerry Madden as two of eight "Public Officials of the Year" for their work on reforming the Texas correctional system.[12] Other honorees included Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and Connecticut Representative Diana Urban. Each year since 1994, Governing has selected a handful of state and local officials to honor for standout job performance. The Public Officials of the Year program "recognizes leaders from state, city and county government who exemplify the ideals of public service."[13]

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Texas Senate District 15
1983-present
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