Phil King

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Phil King
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Texas House of Representatives, District 61
Incumbent
In office
1999 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1999
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification

Phil King is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing District 61. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

Biography

King currently works as an Attorney with Eggleston, Flowers and King, Limited Liability Partnership. He has previously served as Justice of the Peace for Parker County, Attorney/Partner with King and King, Professional Corporation, Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, Labor Panel, and Captain of the Fort Worth Police Department.

King is a member of the Weatherford College Foundation, Rotary International, Texas Conservative Coalition Board, Texas State Bar Association, and Trinity Bible Church.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Energy Resources
Pensions

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

  • HB 469 - Relating to the establishment of incentives by this state for the implementation of certain projects to capture and sequester carbon dioxide that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere.
  • HB 1659 - Relating to creating an exception to the offense of unlawful installation of a tracking device.
  • HB 1662 - Relating to the availability of certain Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District financial information on the district's Internet website.
  • HB 2870 - Relating to the requirement that certain state and local governmental entities designate a firearms proficiency officer and require weapons proficiency.[2]

Campaign themes

2012

King's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Fighting Illegal Immigration
  • Protecting Property Rights
  • Reducing Property Taxes, Protecting Taxpayers
  • Improving Roads and Transportation
  • Improving Public Education
  • Defending our Conservative Values of Faith and Family

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 Phil King was unopposed in the Republican primary. Matthew Britt was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Britt will face King in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

King won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 61. King ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Matthew Britt (G) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 61, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil King Incumbent 88.9% 55,737
     Green Matthew Britt 11.1% 6,954
Total Votes 62,691

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

King won re-election in District 61 in 2010. He was unopposed in the March 2 Republican primary and defeated Libertarian Richard Forsythe, Jr. in the November 2 general election.[6]

Texas House of Representatives, District 61
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Phil King (R) 34,513 86.23%
Richard Forsythe, Jr. (L) 5,508 13.76%

2008

On November 4, 2008, King won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 61st District, defeating Charles Randolph (D) and Richard Forsythe, Jr. (L). King received 48,879 votes in the election while Randolph received 16,308 votes, and Forsythe received 2,205 votes.[6] King raised $1,022,317 for his campaign; Randolph raised $1,997.[7]

Texas House of Representatives, District 61
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Phil King (R) 48,879 72.52%
Charles Randolph (D) 16,308 24.19%
Richard Forsythe, Jr. (L) 2,205 3.27%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for King is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, King raised a total of $2,879,546 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[8]

Phil King's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State House, District 61 Won $296,255
2010 Texas State House, District 61 Won $238,976
2008 Texas State House, District 61 Won $1,022,317
2006 Texas State House, District 61 Won $570,737
2004 Texas State House, District 61 Won $269,559
2002 Texas State House, District 61 Won $228,236
2000 Texas State House, District 61 Won $123,144
1998 Texas State House, District 61 Won $130,322
Grand Total Raised $2,879,546

2012

King won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, King raised a total of $296,255.
Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Phil King's campaign in 2012
Perry, Bob J$30,000
Perry, Doylene$10,000
Louden, G Malcolm$6,000
Fort Worth Fire Fighters$5,000
Texas Association Of Realtors$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$296,255
Source:Follow the Money

2010

King won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, King raised a total of $238,976.

2008

King won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, King raised a total of $1,022,317.

2006

King won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, King raised a total of $570,737.

2004

King won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, King raised a total of $269,559.

2002

King won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, King raised a total of $228,236.

2000

King won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, King raised a total of $123,144.

1998

King won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, King raised a total of $130,322.

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.

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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.[9] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[10]

  • 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.[10]

  • 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

King received a score of 87 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of A+ that King received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Phil King received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. King 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

King and his wife, Terry, have six children, three granddaughters, and four grandsons.

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