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Matt Schaefer

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Matt Schaefer
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Texas House of Representatives, District 6
In office
Term ends
January 9, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Matt Schaefer is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 6. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Criminal Jurisprudence
Defense & Veterans' Affairs


Campaign themes


Schaefer's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Taxpayer Money & Common Sense

  • Excerpt: "We should never forget that the money in Austin doesn’t belong to Austin, and taxpayers want good value for their dollars. I oppose tax increases because Austin has a spending problem, not a revenue problem."

Education Excellence and Efficiency

  • Excerpt: "We must adequately fund our schools and colleges to ensure the foundation of our economy, but we must also recognize that taxpayers deserve efficiency for the dollars they provide. Education spending should be tied to accountability and high-standards. At the same time, we need to give educators the flexibility to implement those standards and ensure student achievement."

Life; Protecting the Unborn

  • Excerpt: "I will do everything a State Representative can do to protect life. From the elderly person facing sickness to the unborn baby, we must defend the dignity of each person. Texas must always be a state where every God-given life has the highest value in law."

Opposing Same-Sex Marriage

  • Excerpt: "Marriage was established by God for one man and one woman. The institution of marriage has proven itself throughout history to be the best way to build a family. I will oppose any effort to erode traditional marriage."



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. Incumbent Matt Schaefer defeated Skip Ogle in the Republican primary. Schaefer defeated Joel Gardner (L) in the general election.[1][2][3]

Texas House of Representatives, District 6 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Schaefer Incumbent 87.8% 26,684
     Libertarian Joel Gardner 12.2% 3,695
Total Votes 30,379


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Schaefer ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 6. Schaefer defeated incumbent Leo Berman in the May 29 primary election and defeated Charles Parkes, III in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Schaefer 88.8% 42,499
     Libertarian Charles Parkes III 11.2% 5,380
Total Votes 47,879
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

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Schaefer is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Schaefer raised a total of $150,597 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.[5]

Matt Schaefer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 6 Won $150,597
Grand Total Raised $150,597


Schaefer won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Schaefer raised a total of $150,597.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Matt Schaefer's campaign in 2012
Mewbourne, Curtis W$15,000
Clements, Mike$5,000
Leatherwood, Harry$5,000
Texas Spine & Joint Hospital$5,000
Texans For Lawsuit Reform$4,000
Total Raised in 2012$150,597
Source:Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

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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.[6] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[7]

  • 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.
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  • 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.

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

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


Schaefer received a score of 100 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Leo Berman (R)
Texas House District 6
Succeeded by