Ken King

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Ken King
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Texas House of Representatives, District 88
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
Personal
Birthday12/28/1971
Place of birthCanadian, TX
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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CandidateVerification
Ken King (b. December 28, 1971) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives representing District 88. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Public Education

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

King's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Job Creation

  • Excerpt: "Ken knows that government doesn’t create jobs, the hard working people of Texas do. As our next State Representative, he’ll vote to remove burdensome regulations and to cut taxes on employers so they can afford to hire more local workers."

Illegal Immigration

  • Excerpt: "Ken believes that illegal immigration is bankrupting our state and supports eliminating in-state tuition for illegal immigrants at Texas colleges and universities and denying welfare benefits to illegal immigrants. And to Ken, its common sense to think that employers should be verifying the immigration status of every employee. And as our State Representative, he’ll vote to continue to invest funds into putting boots on the ground to protect our border."

Pro-Life and Pro-Gun

  • Excerpt: "Ken is 100% pro-life and 100% pro-gun."

Private Property Rights

  • Excerpt: "Ken believes the best way to solve our water disagreements is through local control rather than one-size-fits-all state mandates. And Ken will do what ever it takes to stop the EPA from using the Endangered Species Act to take land from local property owners."

Public Education

  • Excerpt: "he believes strongly in the mission of providing the highest quality education for our children. Unfortunately, state government has taken too much control over how this system is funded and what’s being taught in the classroom. The solution is more local control."

2012

King's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Job Creation

  • Excerpt: "Ken knows that government doesn’t create jobs, the hard working people of Texas do. As our next State Representative, he’ll vote to remove burdensome regulations and to cut taxes on employers so they can afford to hire more local workers."

Illegal Immigration

  • Excerpt: "Ken believes that illegal immigration is bankrupting our state and supports eliminating in-state tuition for illegal immigrants at Texas colleges and universities and denying welfare benefits to illegal immigrants."

Pro-Life and Pro-Gun

  • Excerpt: "Ken is 100% pro-life and 100% pro-gun."

Private Property Rights

  • Excerpt: "Ken believes the best way to solve our water disagreements is through local control rather than one-size-fits-all state mandates. And Ken will do what ever it takes to stop the EPA from using the Endangered Species Act to take land from local property owners."

Public Education

  • Excerpt: "As our State Representative, Ken will vote to return the decision making power to local parents, teachers and administrators so that the people making the decisions affecting our children are those closest to them – not bureaucrats in Austin."

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 Ken King was unopposed in the Republican primary. King will face Kerry McKennon (L) in the general election.[2][3][4]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

King ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 88. King advanced to the June 31 primary runoff where he defeated incumbent Jim Landtroop. King was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

Texas House of Representatives District 88 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Landtroop (advanced to runoff) Incumbent 34.1% 6,251
Green check mark transparent.pngKen King (advanced to runoff) 30.4% 5,575
Mac Smith 18.2% 3,331
Gary Walker 17.3% 3,162
Total Votes 18,319

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for King is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, King raised a total of $935,753 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 14, 2013.[6]

Ken King's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 88 Won $935,753
Grand Total Raised $935,753

2012

King won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, King raised a total of $935,753.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ken King's campaign in 2012
King, WL & Paulette$250,000
Abraham, Salem A$162,000
King, Buddy$100,000
W L King & Paulette King Revocable Trust$50,000
Abraham, Eddie & Dawn$25,000
Total Raised in 2012$935,753
Source:Follow the Money

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.[7] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[8]

  • 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.

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

2013

King received a score of 38.6 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

King and his wife, Robin, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Warren Chisum (R)
Texas House District 88
2013–present
Succeeded by
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