Paul Workman

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Paul Workman
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Texas House of Representatives, District 47
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTexas A&M
Military service
Service/branchUS Army Reserved
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Paul Workman is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 47. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Workman has a B.S. in Building Construction from Texas A&M University, which he received in 1973. He was also an Adjutant with the Second Brigade from the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets.

Workman is the Secretary and founder of Workman Commercial Construction Services. He served as a Captain, Company Commander, and Engineer Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1973 to 1983.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Business & Industry
Economic & Small Business Development

2011-2012

Workman served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Workman's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Constitutional Freedoms

  • Excerpt: "I will defend our Constitutional freedoms against those who believe the Constitution is a “living” document and are slowly eroding our freedoms guaranteed by that Constitution. For a hundred years all three branches of the Federal government are complicit in the theft of states’ rights and individual freedoms. We cannot allow this to go on and the state legislature has a significant role to play in making sure it stops."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Education, like water, elicits great passion…and well it should. Providing the best possible education for our children and young adults is critical to developing a skilled workforce for the future, and ensuring Texas is a state of opportunity for generations to come."

Fiscal Discipline

  • Excerpt: "One of my chief goals upon entering the legislature was to protect the tax-paying citizens of Texas. Although we must have compassion for those less fortunate, we must not forget the taxpayer who must pay for the services required to help those people who are in need of help."

Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "I am opposed to federally run healthcare, known as “Obamacare.” This program alone will add an additional unfunded mandate on the state of Texas of $27 billion over ten years."

Immigration & The Border

  • Excerpt: "The border must be secured immediately to stop the flow of crime and drugs into our communities by cutting off smuggling routes for narco-traffickers, international gangs and human traffickers. Texas must invest in more manpower, more equipment and strategic technology to create virtual fencing to support our law enforcement along the border."

2012

Workman's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

Property Taxes

  • Support property tax system, and appraisal appeals, reform.
  • Opposes high property taxes.

Transportation

  • Opposes diversion of transportation highway funds to other "pet projects."
  • Opposes any raise in gas taxes.

Jobs and small business

  • Supports expanded tax incentives for communities with high unemployment.
  • Supports lowering taxes.
  • Supports lessening regulation.
  • Supports legislation against lawsuit abuse.

Natural resources

  • Believes economic expansion and natural preservation can be achieved simultaneously.

Secure border

  • Supports Texan action in lieu of federal failure.
  • Supports more manpower, equipment and technology, including a virtual fencing.

Education

  • Supports higher spending on education.
  • Supports right to home-school.

Constitutional liberties

  • Opposes philosophy of the "living document."
  • Supports strong 10th Amendment rights.
  • Supports strong 2nd Amendment rights.

Voter identification

  • Supports photo ID legislation.

Abortion

  • Supports parental consent and notification laws.
  • Opposes partial birth abortion.
  • Opposes any government funding of abortion.

Fiscal discipline

  • Opposes any tax increases.
  • Supports a complete review of all agency spending.
  • Supports spending cuts.

Health care

  • Opposes recent federal health care reform.
  • Supports market-based solutions.

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take 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 will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Paul Workman was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Workman will face Scott McKinlay (L) in the general election.[2][3][4]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Workman won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 47. Workman defeated Ryan Downtown in the May 29 Republican primary election and won re-election in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 47, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Workman Incumbent 58.1% 49,220
     Democratic Chris Frandsen 36.9% 31,294
     Libertarian Nick Tanner 5% 4,216
Total Votes 84,730
Texas House of Representatives District 47 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Workman Incumbent 66.9% 9,652
Ryan Downtown 33.1% 4,786
Total Votes 14,438

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Workman won election to the Texas House of Representatives District 47 seat. He defeated Holly Turner in the March 2 Republican primary and defeated incumbent Democratic Valinda Bolton in the November 2 general election.[5]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Workman is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Workman raised a total of $1,316,641 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[6]

Paul Workman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 47 Won $523,003
2010 Texas State House, District 47 Won $793,638
Grand Total Raised $1,316,641

2012

Workman won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Workman raised a total of $523,003.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Workman's campaign in 2012
Workman For Texas$101,147
Associated General Contractors Of Texas$37,500
Houston Associated General Contractors$28,000
Texas Association Of Realtors$11,859
Texas House Leadership Fund$10,000
Total Raised in 2012$523,003
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Workman won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Workman raised a total of $793,638.

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.[7] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[8]

  • 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.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

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.[8]

  • 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.

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

2013

Workman received a score of 52.9 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of A that Workman received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Paul Workman received a grade of A on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Workman 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."

Personal

Workman and his wife, Sherry, have one son and one daughter. They live in Hill County. His son, Kyle, is married with three children; his daughter, Paula, is married and is adopting. Both his children work in the family business as president and chief financial office, respectively.

Workman and his wife attend Pedernales River Fellowship.

Community service and involvement

Workman has been a member of the Rotary Club of Austin since 1976, serving as it's president in 1998. He is national director of the Associated General Contractors of America. He is a board member and former president of CompGroup AGC, and a board member of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse-Central Texas. He served as the Chairman of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) - Texas Building Branch in 2008. He is the founder of AGC's Community Mentor-Protégé Initiative and a former board member of the Real Estate Council of Austin.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Valinda Bolton (D)
Texas House of Representatives District 47
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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