John Zerwas

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John Zerwas
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Texas House of Representatives, District 28
Incumbent
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Houston
M.D.Baylor College of Medicine
Personal
ProfessionPhysician
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
John Zerwas is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 28. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

After graduating the University of Houston, Zerwas earned his doctorate in medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in 1980 and started a full-time private practice in 1985.

Zerwas is the Chief Medical Officer for the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and is a physician.

He is an Initiator for the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 1656, Deacon/Founder of the First Colony Church of Christ, and President of a homeowners association.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
General Investigating & Ethics, Chair
Human Services

2011-2012

Zerwas served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 276 - Relating to the requirement that state agencies report the cost of services and benefits provided to undocumented immigrants.
  • HB 492 - Relating to the expansion of faith- and community-based health and human services and social services initiatives.
  • HB 497 - Relating to a study to determine the effect on the health care infrastructure in this state if the state Medicaid program is abolished or a severe reduction in federal matching money under the program occurs.
  • HB 641 - Relating to the abolition of the Texas Transportation Commission and the creation of a commissioner of transportation as an elected statutory state officer.[2]

Campaign themes

2012

Zerwas's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Lower Property taxes - "I will work to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that will limit [property tax] increases to 5 percent a year."
  • Quality Education - "I will press for further reform to ensure that additional money goes into the classroom, not the bureaucracy, and that students are taught the basics."
  • Immigration Control - "Due to the federal government's failure to secure our border, we expanded state efforts to cut off common crossing areas, implemented new technology to identify where the leaks are and increased penalties on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. I support increased efforts in all these areas and more, including laws that require photo ID at the polls and prevent illegal immigrants from getting Texas driver's licenses."
  • Property rights - "I strongly supported the Republican-led efforts that limited the government's power under eminent domain to take a person's property for private development and enacted a Landowner's Bill of Rights that protects land owners from abusive government practices."
  • Government spending - "We must limit government's ability to grow faster than the combined rates of inflation and population growth, ensure greater transparency in budgeting and spending, and prevent revenue raised from a specific tax from being used on anything other than its intended purpose."

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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent John Zerwas was unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Zerwas ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 28. Zerwas 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

Zerwas won re-election to the 28th District seat, defeating Democratic candidate Wayne Raasch in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6] He had no opposition in the March 2nd primary.

Texas House of Representatives, District 28
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Zerwas (R) 44,094 71.43%
Wayne Raasch (D) 17,628 28.56%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Zerwas won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 28th District, defeating Dorothy Bottos (D) and M. Stephen Lucas (L).[6]

Zerwas raised $345,950 for his campaign while Bottos raised $12,531 and Lucas raised $0.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 28 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Zerwas (R) 50,824
Dorothy Bottos (D) 32,089
M. Stephen Lucas (L) 1,484

2006

On November 4, 2006, Zerwas won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 28th District, defeating Dorothy Bottos (D). [6]

Zerwas raised $476,035 for his campaign while Bottos raised $23,370.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 28 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Zerwas (R) 50,824
Dorothy Bottos (D) 32,089

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Zerwas is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Zerwas raised a total of $1,752,817 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 23, 2013.[9]

John Zerwas's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 28 Won $502,164
2010 Texas State House, District 28 Won $428,668
2008 Texas State House, District 28 Won $345,950
2006 Texas State House, District 28 Won $476,035
Grand Total Raised $1,752,817

2012

Zerwas won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Zerwas raised a total of $502,164.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Zerwas's campaign in 2012
Texas Society Of Anesthesiologists$50,000
Perry, Bob J$12,000
First Choice ER$10,000
Border Health$10,000
Texas Association For Home Care & Hospice$10,000
Total Raised in 2012$502,164
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Zerwas won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Zerwas raised a total of $428,668.

2008

Zerwas won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Zerwas raised a total of $345,950.

2006

Zerwas won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Zerwas raised a total of $476,035.

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.[10] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[11]

  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

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.[11]

  • 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.

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

Zerwas received a score of 25.3 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of C+ that Zerwas received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

John Zerwas received a grade of C+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

John and his wife, Cindy, graduated from Bellaire High School in 1973 and were married in 1978. They have four children, John Jr., Joseph, Brandon, Sherry, and a son-in-law Matthew.

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