Jonathan Stickland

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Jonathan Stickland
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Texas House of Representatives, District 92
Incumbent
In office
2013-Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolBirdville High School
Personal
ProfessionOil and Gas Consultant
Websites
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jonathan Stickland is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives representing District 92. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
County Affairs
Special Purpose Districts

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Stickland issued the following statement highlighting his campaign themes to the Star-Telegram:[1]

"Jobs and the Economy, Protecting Life, Protecting 2nd Amendment rights, cut spending and lowering tax burdens"

2012

Stickland's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "I believe that if we allow the free market to regulate itself by keeping government out of the economy as much as possible it will lead to unprecedented growth and job opportunities. In Austin, I will be a voice fighting to unleash the full potential of this state and our economy by pulling government out of the way of small business and entrepreneurs who are the true job and wealth creators."

Family Values

  • Excerpt: "Abortion must be stopped and I will have a 100% pro-life voting record as your State Representative. I believe marriage is between a man, a woman and God. These are fundamental principles and are essential in maintaining strong families in our state."

Limited Government

  • Excerpt: "Republicans we must draw a line in the sand and say no more. Now is the time to push back the liberal agenda and work to shrink government and the budget. I intend to go to Austin to fight for limited government and a return to the constitutional role of governance."

Wallace Hall impeachment

See also: Wallace Hall impeachment trial and Political favoritism in admissions to the University of Texas

After he was appointed in 2011, University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall began looking into what he believed to be clout scandals within the University of Texas system. Hall investigated the university's forgivable-loans program and admissions policies and preferential treatment to politically-connected individuals.[3] Hall, as an individual citizen, filed a large number of FOIA requests with the University system after his inquiries via his role as a Regent were rebuffed.[4] According to his accusers, Hall filed requests of more than 800,000 pages, which some Texas administrators called an unnecessary burden.[5][6] However, a letter from University chancellor Francisco Cigarroa in February 2014 said that Hall requested closer to 100,000 pages.[7][8] In addition, Cigarroa wrote: "During testimony before the Select Committee, some early witnesses implied that the U.T. System has not protected the privacy rights of students, staff, and patients. This is simply not true."[9]

An effort was begun in June 2013 to try and impeach Hall from his position as regent. Some legislators justifyed the impeachment on the grounds that Hall did not disclose several lawsuits that he was involved in when he originally completed his Regent background check. Hall updated Governor Rick Perry's office in April 2013 with the full list.[10][11] The lack of lawsuit disclosure by Hall is not unique -- more than 9,000 lawsuits were not disclosed by other appointed Texas officials.[12] No unelected official in Texas has ever been successfully impeached or removed from office.[13] Governor of Texas Rick Perry's spokesperson said the investigations send a "chilling message" to gubernatorial appointees.[14] He added that the investigation was "extraordinary political theater."[15] Texas state legislators have never previously tried to remove an appointed official. Only two elected officials in the history of Texas have ever been successfully impeached.[16]

In May 2014, Jonathan Stickland posted a blog defending Hall's actions as a regent. Strickland wrote that "Hall has been under assault by the political establishment for months."[17]

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 Jonathan Stickland defeated Andy Cargile in the Republican primary. Tina Penney was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Penney will face Cargile in the general election.[18][19][20]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Stickland won election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 92. Stickland defeated Roger Fisher in the May 29 primary election and defeated Sean Fatzinger (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[21]

Texas House of Representatives, District 92, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJonathan Stickland 80.7% 37,084
     Libertarian Sean Fatzinger 19.3% 8,884
Total Votes 45,968
Texas House of Representatives District 92 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJonathan Stickland 60.2% 6,332
Roger Fisher 39.8% 4,190
Total Votes 10,522

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Stickland is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Stickland raised a total of $165,080 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[22]

Jonathan Stickland's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 92 Won $165,080
Grand Total Raised $165,080

2012

Stickland won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Stickland raised a total of $165,080.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jonathan Stickland's campaign in 2012
Blakely, Tim$11,000
Sheffield, Chuck$10,000
Huddleston, Billy$10,000
Jeff Cason For State Rep 92 Campaign$7,500
Stickland, Jonathan$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$165,080
Source:Follow the Money

Scorecards

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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.[23] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[24]

  • 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.

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

2013

Stickland received a score of 100 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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References

  1. Star-Telegram, "2014 primary voters guide: Texas legislative races on the ballot in Tarrant County," February 18, 2014
  2. jonathanstickland.com "Issues," accessed February 12, 2014
  3. American Spectator, "Transparency for Thee," October 25, 2013
  4. Daily Texas Online, "Facing impeachment, Regent Wallace Hall defends actions in debate with Sen. Kirk Watson," September 28, 2013
  5. Daily Texas Online, "Former UT System vice chancellor alleges Regent Wallace Hall’s ‘clear intent to get rid of Bill Powers’," October 24, 2013
  6. Dallas Morning News, "UT regent sought 800,000 documents, official says in impeachment hearing," October 22, 2013
  7. Watchdog, "‘Witch hunt’ fallout: Speaker calls for narrower public records law," February 5, 2014
  8. Texas Tribune, "UT System Responds to Transparency Committee Directives," February 3, 2014
  9. Texas Tribune, "Cigarroa letter to the Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations," February 1, 2014
  10. Texas Tribune, "UT Regent Wallace Hall Updates Lawsuit Disclosures," April 30, 2013
  11. Real Clear Policy, "The Campaign Against Wallace Hall," August 15, 2013
  12. Watchdog.org, "Case against UT regent Wallace Hall is a sham — here’s proof," September 6, 2013
  13. News-Journal, "University of Texas regent not worried by impeachment inquiry," September 9, 2013
  14. Texas Tribune, "Transparency Committee to Mull Impeachment of UT Regent," June 25, 2013
  15. Texas Tribune, "Perry Blasts Impeachment Probe of Wallace Hall," October 30, 2013
  16. Texas Public Radio, "UT Regent Wallace Hall Will Testify In Impeachment Hearing," November 13, 2013
  17. Parker County Blog, "Wallace Hall should stand his ground," May 14, 2014
  18. Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current ELECTION HISTORY," accessed July 30, 2014
  19. The Libertarian Party of Texas, "2014 Texas Representative Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
  20. Green Party of Texas, "Greens Release Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
  21. Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 17, 2014
  22. Follow the Money, "Stickland, Jonathan," accessed August 15, 2013
  23. kten.com, "Texas Lawmakers To Tackle Redistricting In Special Session," May 29, 2013
  24. Legislative reference Library of Texas, "Texas Legislative Sessions and Years," accessed June 13, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Todd Smith (R)
Texas House District 92
2013–present
Succeeded by
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