Linda Harper-Brown

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Linda Harper-Brown
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Texas House of Representatives, District 105
Incumbent
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Linda Harper-Brown is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 105. She was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Harper-Brown is a member of the National League of Cities - Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee, and President Ronald Reagan's White House Conference for a Drug Free America.

Prior to her election to the House, Harper-Brown served on the Irving City Council from 1997-2002.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Harper-Brown served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Efficiency & Reform, Chair
Transportation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

During the 2009-2010 legislative session, Harper-Brown served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 379 - Relating to requiring the use of an ignition interlock device on conviction of certain intoxication offenses.
  • HB 3389 - Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education; providing civil and administrative penalties.
  • HB 3395 - Relating to the establishment of the Transportation Legislative Oversight Committee.
  • HB 3396 - Relating to requiring a state agency that is undergoing review by the Sunset Advisory Commission to undergo a financial audit and submit a zero-based budget in connection with the review.[2]

Campaign themes

2014

Harper-Brown's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

Fighting against Obamacare

  • Excerpt: "Obamacare is bad medicine and Texas needs strong leaders who’ll stop it from being forced down our throat. That’s why I stood up for our families and stood against liberal efforts to take over Texas’ health care system."

Improving Texas schools

  • Excerpt: "I worked hard this past legislative session to stop the unnecessary standardized testing in our schools that was wasting the time of teachers, students and parents. The best way to improve education is not with excessive testing mandated from Austin, but rather by returning control of our schools to local community leaders, increasing transparency in our school districts and making sure more education dollars are spent directly in the classrooms."

Help for Texas teachers

  • Excerpt: "I am leading efforts in Austin to increase salaries for our best educators and improve our state’s teacher retirement fund. Educating our next generation of Texas workers is important to the long term success of our state, and increasing our teacher salaries would prove the high value we place on their efforts."

Protecting taxpayers

  • Excerpt: "As your Representative, I have forced our state government to took a hard look at the books, cut wasteful spending and balanced the budget … without a tax increase. Now, with some politicians proposing new and higher sales taxes on working families, I will again stand my ground on behalf of taxpayers and say 'No!' to taking more money out of your pocket."

Cutting wasteful spending

  • Excerpt: "As the only candidate in this race to propose a top-to-bottom overhaul of all state agencies to stop wasteful spending, I know the best government is lean and efficient with fiscal policies that boost our economy and promote job growth. Every state program should have to prove its worth to Texans by guaranteeing taxpayers are getting their money’s worth."

2008

Harper-Brown's answers to the Texas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are provided. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. When asked her legislative priorities she answered "Better schools, Fighting violent crime, Keeping taxes low, Securing the border, Reducing government waste, Improving transportation to reduce traffic."[4]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took 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 was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Rodney Anderson defeated incumbent Linda Harper-Brown in the Republican primary. Terry Meza and Susan Motley advanced to a primary runoff, defeating Bernice Montgomery in the Democratic primary. Motley defeated Meza in the May 27 Democratic runoff. Anderson defeated Motley and W. Carl Spiller (L) in the general election.[5][6][7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 105 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Anderson 55.4% 13,600
     Democratic Susan Motley 42.7% 10,478
     Libertarian W. Carl Spiller 1.8% 449
Total Votes 24,527

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Harper-Brown won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 105. Harper-Brown ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and won re-election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 105, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Harper-Brown Incumbent 50.1% 21,705
     Democratic Rosemary Robbins 48.3% 20,923
     Green Saul Arechar 1.7% 725
Total Votes 43,353

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Harper-Brown won re-election in District 105. She was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and defeated Democrat Loretta Haldlenwang and Libertarian Cecil Ince in the November 2 general election.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 105
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Harper-Brown (R) 11,286 51.71%
Loretta Haldenwang (D) 9,799 44.89%
Cecil Ince (L) 740 3.39%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Harper-Brown won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 105th District, receiving 19,857 votes ahead of Democrat Bob Romano (19,838) and Libertarian James Baird (1,061).[8] She raised $727,394 for her campaign; Romano raised $65,331.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 105
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Harper-Brown (R) 19,857 48.72%
Bob Romano (D) 19,838 48.67%
James G. Baird (L) 1,061 2.60%

2006

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2006

In November 2006, Harper-Brown won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 105th District, defeating Bob Romano (D) and John Turner (L).[8]

Harper-Brown raised $231,399 for her campaign while Romano raised $8,480 and Turner raised $0.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 105 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Harper-Brown (R) 20,747
Bob Romano (D) 8,865
John Turner (L) 822

2004

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2004

In November 2004, Harper-Brown won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 105th District, defeating Mike Moore (D).[8]

Harper-Brown raised $227,990 for his campaign while Moore raised $6,851.[11]

Texas House of Representatives, District 105 (2004)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Harper-Brown (R) 21,599
Mike Moore (D) 14,884

2002

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2002

In November 2002, Harper-Brown won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 105th District, defeating Robert Mohler (L), Sheril Blackmon (G) and Bob Romano (I).[8]

Harper-Brown raised $311,468 for his campaign while Romano raised $8,845 and Mohler and Blackmon raised $0.[12]

Texas House of Representatives, District 105 (2002)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Harper-Brown (R) 13,461
Robert Mohler (L) 1,249
Sheril Blackmon (G) 1,249
Bob Romano (I) 1,249

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Harper-Brown is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Harper-Brown raised a total of $2,940,654 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[13]

Linda Harper-Brown's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 105 Won $460,818
2010 Texas State House, District 105 Won $981,585
2008 Texas State House, District 105 Won $727,394
2006 Texas State House, District 105 Won $231,399
2004 Texas State House, District 105 Won $227,990
2002 Texas State House, District 105 Won $311,468
Grand Total Raised $2,940,654

2012

Harper-Brown won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Harper-Brown raised a total of $460,818.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Linda Harper-Brown's campaign in 2012
Texas Republican Representatives Campaign Cmte$35,000
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$27,000
Ellis, Ralph$20,000
TRRCC - Texas Republican Rep Conservative Caucus$13,328
Texas Republican Representatives Campaign Com PAC$13,000
Total Raised in 2012$460,818
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Harper-Brown won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Harper-Brown raised a total of $981,585.

2008

Harper-Brown won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Harper-Brown raised a total of $727,394.

2006

Harper-Brown won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Harper-Brown raised a total of $231,399.

2004

Harper-Brown won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Harper-Brown raised a total of $227,990.

2002

Harper-Brown won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Harper-Brown raised a total of $311,468.

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.[14] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[15]

  • 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.[15]

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

2013

Harper-Brown received a score of 64.8 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of A that Harper-Brown received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Linda Harper-Brown received a grade of A on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Harper-Brown 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."

Controversies

Automobile use gift

Harper-Brown came under public criticism in 2010 after the Dallas Morning News reported that she was using a Mercedes owned by a company, Durable Enterprises Equipment Ltd., that had had multimillion-dollar state contracts. Durable reportedly had provided use of the Mercedes and a Chevrolet Tahoe to Harper-Brown's husband as compensation for his work as an accountant.[17] After the issue was raised, Harper-Brown said she would give up use of the car because of a "perception of impropriety." A Democratic support group, the Texas Values in Action Coalition, filed a complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission, saying she should have disclosed the vehicles on her personal financial statement,a form that details lawmakers' finances, including income, real estate and stock holdings. She said she would propose legislation to close a loophole in Texas ethics law and require disclosure of lawmakers' spouses' income, gifts and compensation.[18]

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed May 24, 2014
  2. Texas Legislature, "Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Harper-Brown," accessed May 27, 2014
  3. Linda Harper-Brown, "Issues," accessed February 12, 2014
  4. Project Vote Smart, "Rep. Harper-Brown Issue Positions," accessed May 27, 2014
  5. Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current ELECTION HISTORY," accessed December 2, 2014
  6. The Libertarian Party of Texas, "2014 Texas Representative Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
  7. Green Party of Texas, "Greens Release Candidate List," accessed July 30, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 17, 2014
  9. Follow the Money, "2008 Candidate funds," accessed May 24, 2014
  10. Follow the Money, "2006 Candidate funds," accessed May 24, 2014
  11. Follow the Money, "2004 Candidate funds," accessed May 24, 2014
  12. Follow the Money, "2002 Candidate funds," accessed May 24, 2014
  13. Follow the Money, "Harper-Brown, Linda L," accessed August 15, 2013
  14. kten.com, "Texas Lawmakers To Tackle Redistricting In Special Session," May 29, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 Legislative reference Library of Texas, "Texas Legislative Sessions and Years," accessed June 13, 2014
  16. Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
  17. Dallas Morning News, "Questions raised about Rep. Linda Harper-Brown's use of a Mercedes," June 18, 2010
  18. Dallas Morning News, "Rep. Linda Harper-Brown said she's given up company's Mercedes," June 30, 2010
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