Kel Seliger

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Kel Seliger
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Texas State Senate, District 31
Incumbent
In office
2004 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 10
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedMarch 2004
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sDartmouth College
Personal
BirthdayJune 16, 1953
Place of birthAmarillo, TX
ProfessionExecutive
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Kel Seliger (b. June 16, 1953) is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 31. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election in March 2004.[1]

Biography

Seliger graduated from Borger Public schools and later attended and graduated from Dartmouth College.

In addition to being a senator, he is the co-owner and executive vice-president of Lake Steel, Incorporated. He is also a flight instructor and has a commercial pilot’s license. Prior to his election in the state senate, Seliger was the mayor of Amarillo and held that title for four terms.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Finance
Higher Education, Chair
Natural Resources
Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Ed Governance, Excellence & Transparency, Co-Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Seliger 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 took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Kel Seliger defeated Mike Canon in the Republican primary. Seliger defeated Steven Gibson (L) in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Seliger ran in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 31. Seliger defeated Randy Rives in the May 29 primary election and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas State Senate District 31 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKel Seliger Incumbent 75.9% 49,966
Randy Rives 24.1% 15,874
Total Votes 65,840

2008

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2008

On Nov. 4, 2008, Seliger won re-election to the 31st District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponent Lauren Poindexter.[6]

Seliger raised $545,515 for his campaign while Poindexter raised $0.[7]

Texas State Senate, District 31 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kel Seliger (R) 180,267 90.20%
Lauren Poindexter (L) 19,569 9.79%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Seliger is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Seliger raised a total of $3,563,723 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 22, 2013.[8]

Kel Seliger's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State Senate, District 31 Won $989,613
2010 Texas State Senate, District 31 Not up for election $416,749
2008 Texas State Senate, District 31 Won $545,515
2006 Texas State Senate, District 31 Not up for election $261,396
2004 Texas State Senate, District 31 Won $1,350,450
Grand Total Raised $3,563,723

2012

Seliger won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Seliger raised a total of $989,613.
Texas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kel Seliger's campaign in 2012
Friends Of The University Of Houston$27,500
Texas Association Of Realtors$15,420
Border Health$15,000
Ahlberg, Trevor L$15,000
Blackridge Consulting$10,420
Total Raised in 2012$989,613
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Seliger was not up for election to the Texas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Seliger raised a total of $416,749.

2008

Seliger won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Seliger raised a total of $545,515.

2006

Seliger was not up for election to the Texas State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Seliger raised a total of $261,396.

2004

Seliger won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Seliger raised a total of $1,350,450.

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."[11] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Seliger received a score of 52.3 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of D+ that Seliger received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Kel Seliger received a grade of D+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Seliger and his wife, Nancy, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Teel Bivins
Texas Senate District 31
2004-present
Succeeded by
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