Kevin Eltife

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Kevin Eltife
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Texas State Senate, District 1
Incumbent
In office
2004 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 10
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas-Austin
Personal
Birthday3/1/1959
ProfessionBusinessman
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Kevin P. Eltife (b. March 1, 1959) is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Biography

Eltife earned his B.B.A. from the University of Texas-Austin.[1]

Eltife's professional experience includes working as a businessman. He is a former Council Member and Mayor of the City of Tyler, Texas.

Eltife was appointed by Gov. George Bush in 1997 to serve on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and has been recognized for his legislative efforts by the Texas Junior Chamber of Commerce one of the group’s “Five Outstanding Young Texans” in 1998.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Administration, Chair
Business & Commerce
Economic Development
Finance
Natural Resources
Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Ed Governance, Excellence & Transparency

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Eltife served on the following Texas Senate committees:

Issues

Eltife authored the following 30 pieces of legislation during the 81st Legislature:[2]

Campaign themes

2012

Sen Eltife does not list his issue positions on his website. His views on two issues are provided in press releases:

  • Supports low electric rates[3]
  • Opposes a mandatory HPV vaccine[4]

Senator Eltife addresses the Senate regarding the Texas Department of Transportation

Elections

2012

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Eltife ran in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 1. Eltife ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Stephen H. Russell (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

Texas State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Eltife Incumbent 71.4% 210,091
     Democratic Stephen Russell 28.6% 84,262
Total Votes 294,353

2010

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2010

Eltife won re-election to the 1st District seat in 2010. He was unopposed. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[5]

Texas State Senate, District 1
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Eltife (R) 140,273 100%

2006

On Nov. 7, 2006, Eltife won re-election to the 1st District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponent Jason Albers (L).[5]

Eltife raised $555,731 while Albers raised $0.[6]

Texas State Senate, District 1 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kevin Eltife (R) 109,450 83.13%
Jason Albers (L) 22,211 16.86%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Eltife is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Eltife raised a total of $2,431,624 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 21, 2013.[7]

Kevin Eltife's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State Senate, District 1 Won $829,394
2010 Texas State Senate, District 1 Won $514,076
2008 Texas State Senate, District 1 Not up for election $532,423
2006 Texas State Senate, District 1 Won $555,731
Grand Total Raised $2,431,624

2012

Eltife won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Eltife raised a total of $829,394.
Texas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kevin Eltife's campaign in 2012
Mewbourne, Curtis W$50,000
Perry, Bob J$25,000
Texas Association Of Realtors$20,000
Ahlberg, Trevor L$15,000
Border Health$15,000
Total Raised in 2012$829,394
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Eltife won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Eltife raised a total of $514,076.

2008

Eltife was not up for election to the Texas State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Eltife raised a total of $532,423.

2006

Eltife won election to the Texas State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Eltife raised a total of $.

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.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Texas scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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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

Eltife received a score of 58.8 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of C+ that Eltife received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Kevin Eltife received a grade of C+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Eltife and his wife, Kelly, have two children: Walter and Jack.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Ratliff
Texas Senate District 1
2004-present
Succeeded by
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