Ken Legler

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Ken Legler
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Texas House of Representatives, District 144
Former officeholder
In office
2009 - 2012
Term ends
January 11, 2013
Base salary$7,200
Per diem$150 per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Ken Legler was a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 144 from 2009 until 2012. He passed away on June 1, 2012 from an apparent heart attack.[1]

Legler announced on September 20, 2011 that he would not be seeking re-election in 2012.[2]


Legler was the President & Owner of House Wire Works. He was also a member of the Bush Strike Force Team, Chamber of Commerce Board, National Federation of Independent Business Board, and Texas Association of Business Board.[3]

Committee assignments


Ken Legler served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:



  • HB 975 - Relating to drug testing of professional employees of public school districts.
  • HB 1135 - Relating to required drug testing for applicants and recipients of unemployment compensation benefits.
  • HB 1136 - Relating to disqualification for the receipt of unemployment compensation benefits for violation of an employer drug testing policy.
  • HB 4301 - Relating to the availability of certain county, municipal, and school district financial information on certain Internet websites[4]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Legler won re-election in District 144. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and then defeated Democrat Rick Molina, independent Brandon Weaver, and Libertarian Clifford Messina in the November 2 general election.[5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 144
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ken Legler (R) 15,425 59.45%
Rick Molina (D) 9,931 38.27%
Clifford Messina (L) 339 1.30%
Joel West (G) 249 0.95%


On November 4, 2008, Legler won election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 144th District, defeating Democrat Joel Redmond. Legler received 19,980 votes, ahead of Redmond (19,078).[6] He raised $592,850 for his campaign; Redmond raised $554,453.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 144
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ken Legler (R) 19,980 51.15%
Joel C. Redmond (D) 19,078 48.84%

Campaign donors


Legler raised a total of $529,798 in 2010. Below are Legler's top five campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[8]

Contributor 2010 total
Joe R. Strauss III Campaign $220,000
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $27,221
Texas House Republican Leadership Fund $20,173
Perry, Doylene $20,000
Perry, Bob J. $20,000


In the 2008 election, Legler raised a total of $592,850.[9]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Texans For Lawsuit Reform $97,560
Stars Over Texas PAC $95,000
Empower Texans PAC $92,219
Perry, Bob J $70,500
Leininger, James R $25,000


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."[10] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.


Ken Legler received a grade of A on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Legler was named a "2011 Taxpayer Champion," which is "the top award presented by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."[11]

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Texas House District 144
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