Kenneth Sheets

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Kenneth Sheets
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Texas House of Representatives, District 107
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas-Arlington
J.D.Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Kenneth Sheets is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 107. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Sheets earned his B.A. in Political Science at the University of Texas-Arlington before earning his J.D. from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Homeland Security & Public Safety
Insurance
Local & Consent Calendars

2011-2012

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sheets served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Sheets' website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Strengthening Texas’s Economy and Helping Job Growth

  • Excerpt: "I will work to lessen the tax, regulatory, and legal burdens placed on our small businesses so they can focus on what they do best – improving operations, expanding sales, and driving our workforce."

Balancing Budgets by Cutting Spending

  • Excerpt: "As a State Representative, I will use that common-sense principal when considering state spending. If a program has become obsolete, duplicative, or isn’t a critical priority, then it should be cut. It will be a top priority of mine to ensure our families and small businesses are keeping more of what they earn so they can make decisions about their lives and futures, instead of handing more of their money over to fund government programs."

Securing Our Border and Targeting Criminal Illegal Aliens

  • Excerpt: "I will strongly support programs to help local and federal law enforcement work together to target, apprehend, and deport criminal illegal aliens like drug traffickers and human smugglers, and work to shut down their money laundering operations."

Expanding Energy Development in Texas

  • Excerpt: "We should allow for the expansion of new nuclear and natural gas power to help improve base load capacity for our state. This will help reduce rates for families, create new jobs, and cut emissions to help our environment."

Improving Education and Accountability

  • Excerpt: "I will fight for stronger accountability of school administrators and teachers but I will also work to ensure more dollars are getting to our classrooms so our teachers have all the resources needed to produce top level students."

2012

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


Sheets campaign ad

Strengthening Texas’s Economy and Helping Job Growth

Excerpt:"Small businesses are, and always have been, the engine of economic growth for our nation. We must ensure that all levels of government are encouraging and creating the right fiscal environment for small businesses to develop and expand. I will work to lessen the tax, regulatory, and legal burdens placed on our small businesses so they can focus on what they do best – improving operations, expanding sales, and driving our workforce."

Balancing Budgets by Cutting Spending

Excerpt:"Every day around the state of Texas, families make difficult choices about what they can afford and what they cannot. Growing up in a large family taught me first hand that you have to work hard, take on personal responsibility, and make your own way.

As a State Representative, I will use that common-sense principal when considering state spending. If a program has become obsolete, duplicative, or isn’t a critical priority, then it should be cut. It will be a top priority of mine to ensure our families and small businesses are keeping more of what they earn so they can make decisions about their lives and futures, instead of handing more of their money over to fund government programs."

Securing Our Border and Targeting Criminal Illegal Aliens

Excerpt:"True national security means controlling our borders and protecting the interior of our country. I will strongly support programs to help local and federal law enforcement work together to target, apprehend, and deport criminal illegal aliens like drug traffickers and human smugglers, and work to shut down their money laundering operations."

Expanding Energy Development in Texas

Excerpt:"America can be a global leader in energy development and Texans can help show the rest of our country the way. We should allow for the expansion of new nuclear and natural gas power to help improve base load capacity for our state. This will help reduce rates for families, create new jobs, and cut emissions to help our environment."


Sen. Cornyn endorsement

Improving Education and Accountability

Excerpt:"Texas’s dropout rate is simply unacceptable and DISD mismanagement has only made the problem worse. I will fight for stronger accountability of school administrators and teachers but I will also work to ensure more dollars are getting to our classrooms so our teachers have all the resources needed to produce top level students."

Supporting Pro-Life and Pro-Traditional Marriage Policies

Excerpt:"I believe life begins at conception and government policies should protect that innocent life. I also believe the definition of marriage should always remain as the union between one man and one woman."

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 Kenneth Sheets was unopposed in the Republican primary. Carol Donovan was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Donovan will face Sheets in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sheets won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 107. Sheets was unopposed in the May 29 primary and defeated Robert Miklos (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 107, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth Sheets Incumbent 50.8% 25,868
     Democratic Robert Miklos 49.2% 25,018
Total Votes 50,886

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sheets won election to Texas House of Representatives District 107. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and defeated incumbent Democratic candidate Allen Vaught and Brandon Parsons (L) in the November 2 general election.[6]


Sheets campaign ad
Texas House of Representatives, District 107
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kenneth Sheets (R) 16,226 51.36%
Allen Vaught (D) 14,638 46.48%
Brandon Parsons (L) 678 2.14%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sheets is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Sheets raised a total of $1,190,199 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[7]

Kenneth Sheets's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 107 Won $655,058
2010 Texas State House, District 107 Won $535,141
Grand Total Raised $1,190,199

2012

Sheets won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Sheets raised a total of $655,058.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kenneth Sheets's campaign in 2012
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$114,155
Associated Republicans Of Texas$77,500
Texas Republican Representatives Campaign Cmte$50,000
Perry, Bob J$35,000
Jones, Trevor Reese$20,000
Total Raised in 2012$655,058
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Sheets won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Sheets raised a total of $535,141.

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.[8] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[9]

  • 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.[9]

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

2013

Sheets received a score of 68.4 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of A+ that Sheets received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Kenneth Sheets received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Sheets 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."

Personal

Sheets has a wife, Michel.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Allen Vaught (D)
Texas House of Representatives District 107
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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