Patricia Harless

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Patricia Harless
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Texas House of Representatives, District 126
Incumbent
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sLeTourneau University
Personal
Birthday11/13/1963
Place of birthHouston, TX
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Patricia Harless (b. November 13, 1963) is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 126. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Harless earned her B.S. in Business Management from LeTourneau University. She is the Chief Financial Officer and Owner of Fred Fincher Motors.

Harless is a member of The Lone Star College System Board, Patrons Chair and Young Women's Chair of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, and member of Northwest Forest Republican Women.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Environmental Regulation, Chair
State Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Harless served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Harless served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 404 - Relating to the enforcement of state and federal laws governing immigration by certain governmental entities.
  • HB 622 - Relating to the suspension of certain licenses held by employers for the knowing employment of persons not lawfully present in the United States.
  • HB 3618 - Relating to the use and management of dedicated funds by the state.[2]

Campaign themes

2014

Harless's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

Economy

  • Excerpt: "Balance the budget without raising taxes; Create stricter spending limits to slow the growth of government; Encourage free market principles; Additional property tax reductions & appraisal reforms"

Immigration Reform

  • Excerpt: "Protect our borders and support a strong military; Penalties for employers that knowingly hire illegal aliens; Empower state and local police to enforce immigration laws"

Education

  • Excerpt: "Public school excellence & fair teacher pay; Reduce the administrative burden on Texas schools; Equality in funding for our public schools"

Other

  • Excerpt: "Protect senior citizens’ tax exemptions; Improve traffic flow and keep free roads free; Support Pro-life, Pro-gun owner, Pro-private property rights; Require Texas photo ID to vote"

2012

Harless's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Education - supports "local control of our public schools and our children’s education and rewarding good teachers," "reducing the administrative burden on Texas Schools," "a parent’s right to opt out of a school if a child is in a failing education system," "teacher pay raises without raising taxes," and "Oppose unfunded state mandates on our public schools."
  • Immigration - supports "Call upon the Governor to declare a state of emergency," "Work with law enforcement to deport illegal immigrants from the United States immediately," "Work with Texas’ Congressmen to fight for the passage of strong federal illegal immigration legislation."

She is pro life and defines marriage as "the union between one man and one woman."

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. Incumbent Patricia Harless was unopposed in the Republican primary. Harless defeated Cris Hernandez (L) in the general election.[4][5][6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 126 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Harless Incumbent 86.3% 23,899
     Libertarian Cris Hernandez 13.7% 3,791
Total Votes 27,690

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Harless ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 126. Harless ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election. She was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Harless won re-election in District 126. She was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and defeated Democrat Casey McKinney in the November 2 general election.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 126
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Patricia Harless (R) 25,534 68.14%
Casey McKinney (D) 11,983 31.85%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Harless won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from the 126th District, receiving 32,748 votes ahead of Democrat Chad Khan (21,179) and Libertarian Oscar Palma, Jr. (1,204).[7] She raised $195,253 for her campaign; Khan raised $38,139.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 126
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Patricia Harless (R) 32,748 59.40%
Chad Khan (D) 21,179 38.41%
Oscar J. Palma, Jr. (L) 1,204 2.18%

2006

In November 2006, Harless won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 117th District, defeating Chad Khan (D) and Oscar Palma, Jr. (L).[7]

Harless raised $529,914 for his campaign while Khan raised $235,447 and Palma raised $0.[9]

Texas House of Representatives, District 117 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Patricia Harless (R) 18,112
Chad Khan (D) 9,114
Oscar Palma, Jr (L) 736

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Harless is available dating back to no. Based on available campaign finance records, Harless raised a total of $1,141,784 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[10]

Patricia Harless's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 126 Won $209,461
2010 Texas State House, District 126 Won $209,819
2008 Texas State House, District 126 Won $195,253
2006 Texas State House, District 126 Won $527,251
Grand Total Raised $1,141,784

2012

Harless won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Harless raised a total of $209,461.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Patricia Harless's campaign in 2012
TREPAC/Texas Association Realtors PAC$10,000
Kellner, Susan C$10,000
Beer Alliance Of Texas$7,500
Time Warner Cable$7,500
AT&T$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$209,461
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Harless won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Harless raised a total of $209,819.

2008

Harless won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Harless raised a total of $195,253.

2006

Harless won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Harless raised a total of $527,251.

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.[11] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[12]

  • 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.[12]

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

2013

Harless received a score of 50.2 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of C that Harless received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Patricia Harless received a grade of C on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Harless and her husband, Sam, have one child.

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