Leo Berman

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Leo Berman
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Texas House of Representatives, District 6
In office
1999 - 2013
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthOctober 21, 1935
Place of birthNew York City, NY
Leo Berman is a former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 6 from 1999-2013.

Berman worked as a Public Affairs Executive with Sun Exploration and Production Company from 1980-1991, and served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army from 1958-1976.

He served as Mayor Pro Tempore of Arlington from 1983-1984 and council member from 1979-1985. Berman is a member of a number of organizations, including the Tyler Sojourner's Club, Bethesda Health Clinic Board,East Texas Council Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Hideaway Lake Kiwanis Club.[1]

Committee assignments


Leo Berman served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:


Issue positions

Berman's answers to the Texas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are available. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. He did not reply when asked his top legislative priorities.[2]

  • HB 251 - Relating to the use of public resources to make communications that contain political advertising; providing a criminal penalty.
  • HB 255 - Relating to prohibiting admission by public institutions of higher education of applicants who are not lawfully authorized to be present in the United States.
  • HB 370 - Relating to the establishment of English as the official language of Texas and the requirement that official acts of government be taken in English.
  • HB 596 - Relating to the creation of an additional judicial district composed of Smith County.[3]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Berman ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 6. Berman was defeated by Matt Schaefer in the May 29 primary election.[4][5]

Berman announced on July 18, 2011 that he would seek re-election to his seat in the 2012 election. In a press release he stated "I consider it a great honor and privilege to represent the constituents of District Six. If re-elected, I will continue to promote conservative legislation and provide outstanding constituent service. We live in the greatest state in the union. I pray the Lord will continue to bless Texas as He has in the past."[6]

Texas House of Representatives District 6 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Schaefer 57.7% 11,158
Leo Berman Incumbent 42.3% 8,186
Total Votes 19,344


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Berman won re-election to the 6th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the March 2nd primary. He defeated Jon Fitts who ran for the seat on the Libertarian ticket the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 6
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Leo Berman (R) 30,610 86.85%
Jon Fitts (L) 4,634 13.14%


On November 4, 2008, Berman won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 6th District, defeating Gene Moody (L). Berman received 44,476 votes in the election while Moody received 6,196 votes.[8] Berman raised $70,385 for his campaign.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 6
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Leo Berman (R) 44,476 87.77%
Gene Moody (L) 6,196 12.22%

Campaign donors


Berman raised a total of $64,296 in 2010. Below are Berman's top five campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[10]

Contributor 2010 total
Texas Spine & Joint Hospital $10,000
Todd M Smith & Associates $5,000
Smith County Republican Club $4,000
Texas Association of Realtors $2,500
Texas Apartment Association $2,500


Below are Berman's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[11]

Contributor 2008 total
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma - Mr Gregory Pyle Chief $4,008
Texas Conservative Coalition $2,808
Luminant Holding Co $2,000
Associated General Contractors of Texas $2,000
TX Assoc of Realtors PAC-TREPAC $1,500


Below are Berman's top five campaign contributors in the 2006 election:[12]

Contributor 2006 total
Texas Association of Realtors $4,000
Future of Texas Alliance PAC $3,287
AT&T $3,000
TXU Corp $3,000
Texas Medical Association $2,697

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


Leo Berman received a grade of B+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Advocate. Berman was named a "2011 Taxpayer Advocate," which is "An award presented to by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their strong rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."[14]


Berman and his wife have five children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandsons. They attend the Christ Episcopal Church in Tyler.

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Political offices
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Texas House District 6
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