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Mike Hamilton
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Texas House of Representatives, District 19
In office
2003 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Mike "Tuffy" Hamilton is a former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 19 from 2003 to 2013.

Hamilton attended Lamar University and works as Owner of Tuffy's Eatery.

He is a member and past President of the Texas Restaurant Association.[1]


Hamilton was first elected to represent HD-19 in 2003 and is a current member of the Land and Resource Management and Licensing and Administrative Procedures committees.

He previously served as vice chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and is a former member of the Calendars Committee.

Committee assignments


Mike Hamilton served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:



  • HB 2237 - Relating to possession by certain alcoholic beverage permit holders of certain alcoholic beverages for cooking purposes.
  • HB 2239 - Relating to transferring the Office of Rural Community Affairs to the Department of Agriculture and abolishing the board of the office.
  • HB 3436 - Relating to the licensing and regulation of plumbers.
  • HB 3849 - Relating to the licensing and regulation of limited solar electric installers and limited solar electric contractors.[2]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hamilton ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 19. Hamilton was defeated by incumbent James White in the May 29 primary election.[3]

Texas House of Representatives District 19 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames White 54.5% 10,190
Mike Hamilton Incumbent 45.5% 8,503
Total Votes 18,693


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Hamilton won re-election unopposed to the 19th District seat in 2010.[4] He had no opposition in the March 2nd primary, and he had no opponent in the general election, which took place on November 2, 2010.

Texas House of Representatives, District 18
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Hamilton (R) 28,261 100%


On November 4, 2008, Hamilton won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 19th District, defeating Larry Hunter (D) and Richard Ramsey (L). Hamilton received 32,545 votes in the election while Hunter received 17,306 votes, and Ramsey received 1,064 votes.[5] Hamilton raised $422,945 for his campaign; Hunter raised $162,138.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 19
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Hamilton (R) 32,545 63.92%
Larry Hunter (D) 17,306 33.98%
Richard Ramsey (L) 1,064 2.08%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Hamilton received $149,354 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mike Hamilton's campaign in 2010
Texas Association Of Realtors$10,029
Tran, Minh Tam$5,000
Sabine Pilot Service$3,500
Total Raised in 2010 $149,354


Below are Hamilton's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[8]

Contributor 2008 total
Texas Assoc of Realtors $35,930
Bob J Perry $35,000
Stars Over Texas PAC $25,000
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $21,722
Texas Restaurant Assoc $11,880


Below are Hamilton's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2006 election:[9]

Contributor 2008 total
Stars Over Texas $25,000
Perry, Bob J. $25,000
Texans for Lawsuit Reform $15,000
BG Distribution Partners $6,000
Licensed Beverage Distributors $6,000

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


Mike Hamilton received a grade of C+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


Hamilton is a self-employed caterer and attended Lamar University in Beaumont.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Texas House District 19
Succeeded by
James White (R)