Larry Gonzales

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Larry Gonzales
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Texas House of Representatives, District 52
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 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas at Austin, 1993
Master'sTexas State University
Personal
Birthday01/29/1970
ProfessionBusiness owner
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Larry Gonzales (b. January 29, 1970) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 52. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Gonzales earned a bachelor of arts in Government from the University of Texas-Austin in 1993. Gonzales earned his Master's in Public Administration at Texas State University as part of the class of 2011.[1]

Gonzales is the owner of a graphic design and communications company.[1] He worked as the assistant vice chancellor for Governmental Relations for the Texas State University System.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Local & Consent Calendars
Redistricting
Technology

2011-2012

Gonzales served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Gonzales's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]

Create jobs

  • Excerpt: "Larry will work hard to ensure government retains a limited role, fostering this environment where the natural, entrepreneurial spirit of Texans can grow and thrive."

Invest in education

  • Excerpt: "Larry is dedicated to providing a world-class education to our K-12 children, but also to finding ways to expand the opportunity for a college education to as many Texans as possible."

Control spending

  • Excerpt: "We must make tough choices and find ways to minimize the tax burden on Texans. That means keeping our needs separate from our wants — funding those critical things which are necessary and proper for the government — while encouraging innovative ways to provide non-essential services. In the process, Texas can be a beacon of responsible government that the entire country can follow."

Private property rights

  • Excerpt: "Larry will protect private property rights, trusting and believing in those who care for the land, and will stand against a government that tries to trample this constitutionally given right by taking improperly what belongs to the private citizen."

State sovereignty

  • Excerpt: "Like never before, an assault on our way of life in Texas is in full force, with a federal government which thinks they can run Texas better than Texans. Texas, and more specifically Central Texas, has largely been insulated from the economic problems which are crippling the rest of our nation. This is not by accident! We have had a conservative, pro-business mindset that has proven to be successful in creating jobs and opportunities for families to succeed."

2012

Gonzales's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Create jobs

  • Opposes increased government regulation.

Invest in education

  • Supports increased investment in k-12 education, as well as all levels of higher education as well as career and technical training.

Control spending

  • Supports limited government spending.

Private property rights

  • Opposes current levels of property taxes.
  • Believes strong private property rights are best solution to environmental concerns.

State sovereignty

  • Opposes increasing federal interference in Texas.

Values

  • Pro-life.
  • Opposes partial-birth abortion.
  • Supports state funding for the Alternatives to Abortion fun.
  • Opposes gay marriage.
  • Opposes embryonic stem cell research, supporting research using adult stem cells in is place.
  • Opposes human cloning.

2nd Amendment rights

  • Supports strong gun rights.

Voter ID

  • Supports photo ID legislation.
  • Supports free IDs for those who cannot afford them.

Immigration and border security

  • Supports strong, well-equipped border defense.

Transportation

  • Opposes transportation tax fund diversions.

Government reform/accountability

  • Supports limiting government duties to, "a few essential things," such as public and higher education, public safety and highways.
  • Supports increased government transparency.

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 Larry Gonzales was unopposed in the Republican primary. Chris Osborn was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Osborn, Gonzales, and Irene Johnson (L) will face off in the general election. Lillian Martinez Simmons (L) was removed from the ballot before the election.[3][4][5][6]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gonzales won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 52. Gonzales ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Lillian Martinez Simmons (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 52, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Gonzales Incumbent 70.3% 31,991
     Libertarian Lillian Martinez Simmons 29.7% 13,526
Total Votes 45,517

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Gonzales won election to the Texas House of Representatives, District 52. He defeated John Gordon in the April 13 Republican primary runoff and then defeated incumbent Democratic candidate Diana Maldonado and Charles McCoy (L) in the November 2 general election.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 52
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Larry Gonzales (R) 25,430 57.44%
Diana Maldonado (D) 16,823 38%
Charles McCoy (L) 2,012 4.54%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gonzales is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Gonzales raised a total of $1,339,167 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[8]

Larry Gonzales's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 52 Won $130,702
2010 Texas State House, District 52 Won $1,208,465
Grand Total Raised $1,339,167

2012

Gonzales won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Gonzales raised a total of $130,702.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Larry Gonzales's campaign in 2012
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$10,000
Perry, Bob J$10,000
Texas Association Of Realtors$6,529
Hispanic Republicans Of Texas$6,000
Border Health$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$130,702
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Gonzales won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Gonzales raised a total of $1,208,465.

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

2013

Gonzales received a score of 50.5 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of D that Gonzales received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Larry Gonzales received a grade of D on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Gonzles and his wife, Marie, have two children. They live in Round Rock.

Community service and involvement

Gonzales is a member of the Government Affairs Committee for the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce. He is also a certified mediator.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Diana Maldonado (D)
Texas House of Representatives District 52
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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